What is CSWE Accreditation?

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.

Consider a Featured Online Social Work Program

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Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
School / Program Online Program? Advanced Standing Availability Course Information
Fordham University
Online Master of Social Work
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Baylor University
Master of Social Work
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No GRE Scores Required
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Case Western Reserve University
Online Master of Science in Social Administration
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University of Denver
Online Master of Social Work (MSW)
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No GRE Required
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University of Southern California
Online Master of Social Work | Online Doctor of Social Work
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cast_connected Online check_circle Ask Representative class 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.).
Ohio University
Online Master of Social Work
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cast_connected Online check_circle No GRE or GMAT class Complete in as few as 24 months. Adult Mental Health, Child, Family, and School, and Social Policy.

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.

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

Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants

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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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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At Case Western Reserve University's CSWE-accredited Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences—ranked No. 9 in 2019 for social work by U.S. News & World Report—students can earn their Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) online. The degree is equivalent to an MSW, and can be completed in two and a half years. GRE scores are not required to apply. 
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