Individual Membership

CSWE Represents Social Work Education

CSWE relies on the participation of members to advance excellence and innovation in social work education and research by providing leadership, ensuring quality in teaching and learning, and strengthening the capacity of our member institutions. CSWE represents everyone who teaches at, studies at, and works for an accredited social work program.


Who belongs to CSWE?


Full-time and part-time
Field educators Administrators  


Program directors Field education
Admissions directors


Undergraduate Graduate Doctoral Other professionals


Nonprofit managers Agency professionals Consultants Professionals in related fields


Member Benefits for Individuals

Advance or Begin Your Career

Have a Voice in the Community

  • Present to 3,000 social work educators, practitioners, and students attending CSWE's Annual Program Meeting
  • Volunteer your knowledge and time by serving on CSWE commissions, councils, committees, and task forces
  • Be represented with decision makers through CSWE's advocacy efforts in gaining federal, state, and private support of social work education and shaping public policy

Membership Categories and Dues for Individuals

Choose what's best for you from the following membership categories. These membership dues categories and rates are effective starting July 1, 2022.

Membership Category



Faculty and Administrator Members consist of persons holding paid faculty, administrative or managerial appointments in programs accredited by CSWE and those programs in candidacy status. This category also includes students affiliated with accredited social work programs or programs in candidacy status.


Associate Member

Associate Members consist of individuals affiliated with national, state, local, voluntary, public social welfare agencies, and other professional social work organizations, field instructors with educational responsibilities for students in social work undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as others who wish to support social work education through membership in CSWE.


Associate Member: Retired*

Retired Members consist of retired faculty or administrators from CSWE accredited programs and those programs in candidacy status. Please note: Faculty with emeritus status are considered members through their program and should remain linked through their program.


Associate Member: Associate Organization

Associate Organization Members consist of agencies, institutions, professional libraries and library associations, and other organizations interested in social work education.



CSWE Membership Information

All CSWE memberships start on July 1 each year and end on June 30 of the following year.

Link to Program / Join CSWE

CSWE only accepts online payments by MasterCard, American Express, or Visa credit cards. CSWE no longer accepts purchase orders, check payments, bank transfers, or partial payments for individual memberships.

CSWE membership is non-transferable. The membership fee is non-refundable after a week of a newly initiated or updated membership, or if any of membership benefits were accessed.

For questions about membership, contact the CSWE Membership Department at [email protected].