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It's Time to Act: Defining and Reckoning with Anti-Racist Social Work Education
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  • New Book Equips Educators With Essential Strategies for Leading BSW Education

    The social work profession continues to grow and evolve, and with that growth comes a demand for more leadership. New leaders are stepping into these roles, and existing leaders are striving to keep up with emerging needs and complexities, especially at the baccalaureate social work level. CSWE Press, the publishing division of the Council on Social Work Education, announces the release of a groundbreaking new book that will empower educators to meet this demand head-on at the undergraduate level.

  • Maui Wildfires: How You Can Support Local Communities

    The Council on Social Work Education extends our hearts and prayers to our 'ohana, friends, and colleagues in Hawai'i, especially on the island of Maui, as they navigate the aftermath of the tragic wildfires. The CSWE community can support Maui relief efforts in several ways.

  • CSWE Calls on Higher Education to Recommit to Racial Equity and Justice in Face of SCOTUS Decision

    The Council on Social Work Education decries the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidating consideration of race in higher education admissions processes. Evidence from research and practice wisdom are clear on the educational benefits of a diverse student body, and thereafter, better community outcomes. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning the rights of Harvard University and the University of North Carolina to consider race as a factor in admissions decisions perpetuates historic and current racial and social inequities.


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 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 February 2023)

  • 543

    accredited baccalaureate programs

  • 323

    accredited master's programs

  • 15

    candidate baccalaureate programs

  • 27

    candidate master's programs

  • 3

    pre-candidate baccalaureate programs

  • 13

    pre-candidate master's programs

  • 4

    accredited post-master's fellowship programs