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Professional Practice Doctoral Program Accreditation

CSWE and its Commission on Accreditation (COA) are preparing to launch the pilot for the accreditation of professional practice doctoral programs in Fall 2021.  Four programs will be selected to participate in the pilot and the call for applications to participate is now live! Please see below for details.  Applications are due August 31, 2021.

Timeline of Activities 2010-2021 Professional Doctoral Programs of Social Work

Pilot

Professional practice doctoral programs interested in applying to participate in the pilot must:

  1. Review the Professional Practice Doctoral Program Accreditation Pilot Handbook  for information on requirements, criteria that will be used to select the four pilot programs, and the timeline for application and selection; and
  2. Submit a completed Pilot Application (including a Letter of Institutional Intent and Candidacy Eligibility Application) to practicedoc@cswe.org by August 31, 2021. Programs will be notified of whether they were selected for the pilot by October 31, 2021.

The pilot application window will close on August 31, 2021. No additional applications will be accepted beyond this deadline.

Standards

The Accreditation Standards for Professional Practice Doctoral Programs in Social Work, approved and adopted in June 2020, will serve as the primary guiding document for the pilot review.

Contact

For answers to our most frequently asked questions related to the piloting of Professional Practice Doctoral Program Accreditation, please review Pilot FAQs.

Please direct questions about the accreditation of professional practice doctoral programs to practicedoc@cswe.org.