About CSWE Accreditation
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.
Current Number of Social Work Programs
As of the October/November 2015 COA meeting, there are:
- 509 accredited baccalaureate social work programs
- 241 accredited master's social work programs
- 12 baccalaureate social work programs in candidacy
- 15 master's social work programs in candidacy