The Importance of our CSWE Accreditation

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association of baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education. The CSWE is recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation as the only accrediting agency for social work education in the U.S. The State of Michigan, and most other states, mandate graduation from a CSWE accredited program as part of the educational requirement for licensing. (See the LARA Social Work Licensing Guide).

Our MSW program has earned accreditation from CSWE since 1984. Our BSW program has earned accreditation since 1990. In 2019, CSWE reaffirmed our accreditation through February 2027. By enrolling in our accredited social work degree program, you are assured that our coursework, assessments, and criteria for graduation meet high quality standards, as verified by a CSWE site visit team and review panel:

  • Through course work and experiential learning, you will acquire CSWE-recommended competencies useful to professional social workers, as continuously monitored through our student learning outcomes;  
  • You will appreciate the Code of Ethics for social workers as a guide to professional conduct;
  • Our school’s policies, student-faculty ratio, and governance structure will be appropriate to carry out our program’s mission and goals;
  • Our course instructors and field supervisors are well qualified educators who act in the best interest of our students.

Page last modified April 11, 2022