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2022 APM

November 10-13, 2022

2022 Annual Program Meeting

Leading Critical Conversations: Human Rights Are Global Rights

  • Aloha From CSWE's New President/CEO

    I am honored and blessed to join my beloved Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) family in the quest to forward social and economic justice as a value proposition of social work education. My name is Halaevalu. I was born in Tonga and raised in Hawai’i on the north shore of O'ahu. I am the daughter of Moana and Faleola Ofahengaue, immigrants who ingrained in me the value of higher education as a way to give back and pay forward.

  • Social Work Leadership Roundtable Statement on Safety and Inclusiveness

    Members of the Social Work Leadership Roundtable, representing their respective organizations (i.e., American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, Association of Social Work Boards, Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Council on Social Work Education, Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work, Grand Challenges for Social Work, National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, National Association of Black Social Workers, National Association of Social Workers, Saint Louis Group, and Society for Social Work and Research), stand united in support of the professional culture that we want to cultivate at our events. 

  • CSWE Releases Update Regarding its Response to the Report of Harassment at the 2022 APM

    The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is eager to share an update regarding the organization’s response to the report of harassment during the 2022 Annual Program Meeting (APM) with attendees and CSWE members.


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 these standards. In accordance with the requirements of CSWE's recognition body, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the CSWE Office of Social Work Accreditation…


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Accredited with documented noncompliance with one or more standards that must be addressed within a year

Accredited (Withdrawal in Progress)

Accredited with a planned closure date


Program has completed at least one year of Candidacy process and is moving toward full accreditation within two years


Program has had standards approved in draft form and is scheduled to be reviewed for Candidacy status within one year

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About Us

Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association representing social work education in the United States. Its members include over 750 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education. Through its many initiatives, activities, and centers, CSWE supports quality social work education and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development, so that social workers play a central role in achieving the profession’s goals of social and economic justice.

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The CSWE organizational mission includes the charge to advocate for social work education and research. CSWE's strategic plan outlines the need for research to inform policy and practice and to serve the needs of CSWE member programs—their deans, directors, faculty members, and students. The CSWE Commission on Research (COR) and CSWE research staff work to serve that need. The COR developed research priorities with input from the CSWE commissions and councils to guide their work; they will report on progress periodically.

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Current Number of Social Work Programs

As of the October 2022 COA meeting, there are

  • 318

    accredited master's programs

  • 29

    master's programs in candidacy

  • 3

    master's programs in pre-candidacy

  • 542

    accredited baccalaureate programs

  • 15

    baccalaureate programs in candidacy

  • 2

    baccalaureate programs in pre-candidacy

  • 4

    accredited post-master's fellowship programs