What is CSWE Accreditation?

Consider a Featured Online MSW Program

School / Program Online Program? Advanced Standing Availability Course Information
University of Southern California
Online Master of Social Work
CSWE Accredited
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Bachelor's Degree Required.
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Fordham University
Online Master of Social Work
CSWE Accredited
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No GRE Scored Required
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University of Denver
Online Master of Social Work
CSWE Accredited
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No GRE Required
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Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants

Lead change at the top-ranked USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Earn a Master of Social Work online in as few as 12 months if you have a Bachelor of Social Work. Earn a Doctor of Social Work online in as few as 24 months (master’s req.).
CSWE Accredited.

Fordham's CSWE-accredited online Master of Social Work program offers a future-focused curriculum, preparing students with advanced integrated competencies that cut across populations and contexts.
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SocialWork @ Simmons is an innovative, online Master of Social Work program offered through the Simmons School of Social Work, the nation’s oldest school of social work. Complete your MSW in as little as 15 months with this CSWE-accredited program. No GRE required.
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The CSWE is the Council on Social Work Education, the primary program accrediting board for the area of Social Work. The CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation (COA) is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation and ensuring that social work programs meet them.

In accordance with the requirements of CSWE’s recognition body, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the CSWE Office of Social Work Accreditation (OSWA) administers a multistep accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and COA reviews.

csweThere are currently over 700 different Social Work Programs accredited at the Bachelors and Masters levels, while other programs are considered candidates and are under review. As of the October 2016 COA meeting, there are:

  • 511 accredited baccalaureate social work programs
  • 249 accredited master’s social work programs
  • 17 baccalaureate social work programs in candidacy
  • 16 master’s social work programs in candidacy

Throughout Social Work Degrees.org, you will see the list of degrees we have at all levels. In our database we have over 1300 programs, all of which are accredited. Keep an eye out for CSWE accredited programs – we have used the CSWE as one of our data points and if a Bachelors or Masters in Social Work Program is CSWE accredited, we have noted it as such.