Student Admission

Only students admitted during or after the academic year in which the program is granted candidacy will be recognized as having graduated from an accredited program, once the program is fully accredited. Students admitted prior to the academic year in which the program was granted candidacy will not be recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited social work education program, regardless of the program's accredited status when they graduate.

Foundation Content and Advanced Content for MSW Programs

Programs in candidacy must develop and offer both generalist and specialized content for the master’s program. They cannot offer an advanced-standing only program.

Delivery of the Curriculum

All means of delivery of the curriculum being implemented, currently or planned in the near future, should be included in the Benchmark I document.

Failure to Submit

If a program fails to submit a Benchmark document by the due date, the COA may remove the program from candidacy or deny initial accreditation.