Individual Membership

Individual Membership


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


Individual Member Benefits

Advance or Begin Your Career

  • Subscription to the Journal of Social Work Education, a refereed professional journal that serves as a forum for creative exchange on trends, innovations, and problems relevant to social work education at the undergraduate, master's, and postgraduate levels.
  • Subscription to CSWE Compass: Navigating Social Work Education & AdvocacyCSWE's monthly newsletter that includes updates on CSWE’s councils, commissions, and Annual Program Meeting; CSWE program member spotlights; opportunities and resources for members; and advocacy and public policy news
  • Discounted member registration rates for the Annual Program Meeting
  • A 10% discount on the purchase of CSWE publications

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

Individual Membership Categories and Dues

Choose what's best for you from the following membership categories. These membership dues categories and rates are effective starting July 1, 2012.

Membership Category


Full Member: Faculty and Administrators

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.


Full Member: Individual

Individual 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: Emeritus*

Emeritus Members consist of emeritus faculty or administrators from CSWE accredited programs and those programs in candidacy status.


Associate Member: Student (Two Levels)*

Undergraduate/Graduate at $55 or Doctoral at $95

  • Student Members consist of full-time and part-time students. A student member cannot hold a full-time professional position. Student enrollment verification will be required for each student membership application and renewal.
  • Documentation of 1) student enrollment status with projected graduation date and 2) confirmation the student does not hold a full-time academic appointment is to be sent to the [email protected] mailbox.
  • Confirmation of student membership will be sent after review of the required documentation.
$55 or $95

Associate Member: Associate Organization*

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

* Non-voting Membership Category


CSWE Individual Membership Update

All active individual CSWE memberships for the current membership year of April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 will be extended to June 30, 2022. CSWE will not accept new individual membership payments for future membership years after March 31, 2022 in light of a forthcoming membership vote on bylaw changes that would change the very definition of “CSWE member.” 

CSWE no longer accepts purchase orders and partial payments for membership.

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.