Accreditation

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 2016 COA meeting, there are:

  • 511 accredited baccalaureate social work programs
  • 250 accredited master's social work programs
  • 17 baccalaureate social work programs in candidacy
  • 16 master's social work programs in candidacy

 

Resources
Recognized Organization
  • 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.


The next COA meeting will occur on:
  • February 1–4, 2017
Useful Links
  • 2015 EPAS

  • October 2016 COA Decisions

    Decisions ratified at the October 2016 Commission on Accreditation (COA) Meeting

  • EPAS Handbook

    The CSWE Handbook of Social Work Accreditation Policies and Procedures (Handbook) for the 2015 or 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) is designed to be user friendly and provide more information about accreditation policies and procedures.