Department of Social Work

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Program Accreditation


Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

The Concord University's Bachelor of Social Work program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1974. The BSW program received Reaffirmation of Accreditation by the CSWE in February 2011. 

The Master of Social Work Program entered into Candidacy in June 2013. The Program satisfied the second CSWE benchmark in June 2014. The third and final benchmark review will occur spring 2015, with a decision on full accreditation expected in June 2015.  

MSW Program Accreditation Status

  • HEPC Intent to Plan: January 2006 (re-affirmation October 2010)
  • Social Work Department: February 16, 2011
  • Social Sciences Division: February 16, 2011
  • University Graduate Council: February 28, 2011; University Graduate Council: November 15, 2011
  • Faculty Senate: March 14, 2011
  • AAEC: March 17, 2011
  • BOG: April 19, 2011
  • HEPC Program Approval: February 17, 2012
  • CSWE: Submitted April 30, 2012; May 2, 2012 Candidacy Eligibility Application Approved
  • CSWE: Benchmark I Submitted January 25, 2013
  • CSWE Commissioner’s Visit February 26, 2013
  • CSWE: Program Response to the Commissioner’s Benchmark I Review Brief; Submitted April 11, 2013
  • CSWE: Candidacy Granted, June 2013

About CSWE

The Council on Social Work Education is a nonprofit national association representing more than 2,500 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.

CSWE Accreditation

CSWE's Commission on Accreditation (COA) is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation and ensuring that social work programs meet them. In accordance with the requirements of CSWE's recognition body, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the CSWE Office of Social Work Accreditation (OSWA) administers a multistep accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and COA reviews.

Current Number of Social Work Programs

As of the February 2014 there are:

  • 492 accredited baccalaureate social work programs
  • 231 accredited master's social work programs
  • 19 baccalaureate social work programs in candidacy
  • 10 master's social work programs in candidacy
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