Reaffirmation Process




Visit the Accreditation Scope and Services to learn more about the Department of Social Work Accreditation offerings.



Review policy 6. Reaffirmation in the Accreditation Policy Handbook to learn about the reaffirmation process.


Attend 2022 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) training for baccalaureate and master's programs hosted by CSWE staff members. Visit our training webpage for previous presentation slide decks and upcoming opportunities.

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Eligibility Materials

Reaffirmation Eligibility Application

This is the application for reaffirmation of accredited status for baccalaureate and master's programs. The program must demonstrate that its host institution can and will support and sustain a baccalaureate or master's social work program.

Reaffirmation Timetables

The following timetables guide baccalaureate and master's programs through the reaffirmation process. They include information such as deadlines and required documentation. To determine a program’s Board of Accreditation (BOA) agenda date, please contact the program’s Accreditation Specialist, or visit the Directory of Accredited Programs.

Dated Timetables:

Blank Timetables by Agenda:

Self-Study Materials

CSWE uses the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) to accredit baccalaureate- and master’s-level social work programs. 

Site Visits

Site visits are an integral step of the reaffirmation process. During the site visit, programs host a site visitor and clarify outstanding questions from the CSWE Board of Accreditation (BOA). Site visitors operate under the authority of the CSWE-BOA and visit accredited social work programs to gather information related to the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) based on questions provided by the BOA.

Review policies 6.6 - 6.8 in the Accreditation Policy Handbook to learn more about reaffirmation site visits.

Site Visit Resources

Site Visit Planning Form

Requesting an Extension or Timetable Change

A baccalaureate or master's program may request to delay its reaffirmation review. To request an extension, please submit this form to the program's accreditation specialist. For more information on agenda adjustments and postponements of reaffirmation review, please review policy 4.6 in the Accreditation Policy Handbook.

Program Changes

For more information on baccalaureate or master's program changes that take place between scheduled accreditation reviews, please review policy 4.9 in the Accreditation Policy Handbook.

Use the Substantive Change Proposal Template to submit your substantive change proposal in order to add a program option (delivery method or location) where 51% or more of your baccalaureate or master's social work curriculum will be offered.

Program Changes Form must be submitted to notify CSWE of any of the following changes:

  • Primary Contact, Program Director, Field Director, President/Chancellor, Program Designee Update
  • Assessment Data URL Update
  • Social Work Program Website URL Update
  • Program Option Closure Update
  • Update to EPAS the Program Operates Under
  • Plan of Study Update
  • Area of Specialized Practice Update
  • Certificates Offered Update
  • Dual-Degree Offered Update
  • Degree-Completion Offered Update
  • Logo Update
  • Program Name Update
  • Program Degree Title Update
  • Program Mailing Address Update
  • Program Phone Number Update

Program Closure & Withdrawal of Accredited Status

Use the Program Closure & Withdrawal of Accredited Status Form to formally close a baccalaureate or master's social work program. 

For more information, please review policy 4.12 in the Accreditation Policy Handbook.

For further information and specific inquiries please contact your program's accreditation specialist.