International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service

The Office of Social Work Accreditation (OSWA), part of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States. The office's International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service (ISWDRES) recognizes academic credentials in social work that are comparable to accredited baccalaureate and master's degrees in social work in the United States. Recognition is necessary to establish qualifications for employment, graduate school admission, membership in the National Association of Social Workers, state licensing, and/or certification.

Recognition is based on the general comparability of the program objectives (as stated in the program catalogue or program's official memorandum) and level of the applicant's social work education to social work education in the United States.

Summary of 2014–2015 ISWDRES Fees

  • Screening Fee $28
  • Additional Letter Fee $44 per letter
  • Group A Application Fee $138
  • Group B Application Fee $303
  • Group C Application Fee $495

Go to the application instructions to learn more about the application process.