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Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association representing social work education in the United States. Its members include over 750 accredited 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. Through its many initiatives, activities, and centers, CSWE supports quality social work education and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development, so that social workers play a central role in achieving the profession’s goals of social and economic justice. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories.


What's New

More social work students are pursuing doctoral degrees today compared to 5 years ago, according to a new report produced by the Council on Social Work Education and the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work. The report highlights trends in enrollment for practice doctorate and research doctorate programs, degrees conferred, curriculum, student demographics, and more. 
The 2021 CSWE Election has officially concluded! Thanks to the thoughtful participation of its members, CSWE has now elected 11 new members of the Board of Directors and National Nominating Committee. Read more about the newly appointed members.

Social Work Program Enrollment Remains Strong in Spring 2021 Despite Pandemic
Students Show Continued Interest in Pursuing Social Work Degrees
At a time when higher education faces many uncertainties, enrollment and student interest in social work programs remain strong. According to new CSWE research, 76.4% of programs indicated that applications for the fall 2021 semester have increased or remained flat. 
With funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, CSWE partnered with 32 schools of social work to develop a high-quality standardized substance use disorder curriculum for accredited schools and programs of social work.