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.

What is the Council on Social Work Education?

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Our Lady of the Lake University Online BSW and MSW Our Lady of the Lake University - Online BSW and MSW - CSWE Accredited. Bachelors and Masters programs.
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.
Aurora University Online BSW or MSW Programs Aurora University - Online BSW or MSW Programs - Choose from an Online BSW or Online MSW program
George Mason University Online MSW George Mason University - Online MSW - CSWE Accredited MSW Program, Focus on Social Justice
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.
University of West Florida Online Master of Social Work (MSW) University of West Florida - Online Master of Social Work (MSW) - CSWE accredited. Advanced Standing and Traditional Tracks.

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 multi-step accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and COA reviews.

We have assembled the best list of online CSWE accredited MSW programs you should read through if you are considering a Master of Social Work program.

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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 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 online MSW at the University of Kentucky is taught by faculty who are dedicated to your success and who provide diverse expertise across multiple areas of social work. Regular and Advanced Standing MSW tracks are available. Each program prepares students for effective advanced practice across the micro-macro continuum with diverse populations. CSWE Accredited.
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The Online Master of Social Work from the University of West Florida has an Advanced Standing program (30 credits of clinical focused curriculum) and Traditional program (60-credit hour track). CSWE accredited.
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The CSWE-accredited online program option of the Master of Social Work (MSW) at Sacred Heart University has multiple specializations (micro and macro-practice) to better prepare you for licensure, practice, and leadership. Finish your degree in as little as 20 months with the Advanced Standing MSW.
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Winthrop University's Online Master of Social Work is CSWE-accredited, with multiple program options, including an Advanced Standing Program for those with an undergraduate degree in social work (can complete in 2 years) and a Traditional Program, which can be completed in 3 years.
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With the 100% Master of Social Work from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, you can prepare for clinical social work practice that enables you to build stronger communities.
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