What is CSWE Accreditation?

The CSWE is the main accrediting board for social work, an abbreviation short for its official name - the Council on Social Work Education. The CSWE is responsible for developing program standards for Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Social Work programs, online or on-campus.

CSWE Accredited Degree Programs

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University of Denver Online Master of Social Work (MSW) University of Denver - Online Master of Social Work (MSW) - Earn an MSW in 18 months with DU's online advanced standing program.
Aurora University Online BSW or MSW Programs Aurora University - Online BSW or MSW Programs - Choose from an Online BSW or Online MSW program
University of Kentucky Online Master of Social Work University of Kentucky - Online Master of Social Work - CSWE accredited program. Regular and Advanced Standing MSW tracks.
Ohio University Online Master of Social Work Ohio University - Online Master of Social Work - CSWE accredited, 100% online.
Our Lady of the Lake University Online Master of Social Work (MSW) Our Lady of the Lake University - Online Master of Social Work (MSW) - No GRE or GMAT is required for admission. CSWE Accredited.

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.

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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.

CSWE AccreditationThere 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
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Earn your Master of Social Work online from the University of Denver's top-20 school of social work. CSWE-accredited. MSW @ Denver offers two online graduate programs: a traditional MSW and an advanced standing MSW.
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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. Doctor of Social Work online can be completed in 28 months part time.
CSWE Accredited.
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Earn your CSWE accredited online Master of Social Work (MSW) from a university that’s pioneered social work education for every generation in need of it: Our Lady of the Lake University. 100% online, No GRE or GMAT is required for admission, and whether you have a bachelor’s in social work or have a calling to work in this important field, but graduated with a bachelor’s degree in another subject, OLLU’s online Master of Social Work has a track for you.
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The Master of Social Work online program from Baylor University is now accepting applications. Learn how to ethically integrate faith and social work practice in as few as 12 months. No GRE required. CSWE Accredited.
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Fordham's top-ranked Graduate School of Social Service offers a future-focused online MSW program, preparing students for integrated practice with all populations. Bachelor's degree required. CSWE Accredited.
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