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College of Social Work


Accreditation

The Council on Social Work Education is the recognized accreditor for College of Social Work programs. CSWE includes more than 800 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners and agencies.  

Program Accreditation and Assessment

The College of Social Work’s undergraduate and master’s social work programs are reviewed for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education every eight years. The College of Social Work completed a comprehensive self-study and assessment of its two accredited programs, the Bachelor of Science in Social Work and the Master of Social Work, in 2016. Both programs were reaffirmed for accreditation until 2024.

Annual Program Outcomes reports are prepared as part of the ongoing accreditation process with CSWE. The assessment measures tracked in the reports below align with the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards standards outlined by CSWE. All CSWE-accredited programs measure and report students’ mastery of competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all students are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency. 

 

SARA Statement

Professional Licensure

Important Information About Programs Leading to Licensure: Each state has its own licensing board with its own social work licensure requirements. Learn about licensing opportunities associated with our bachelor's and master's degree programs.

Bachelor's Degree Program

Because the Bachelor of Social Work degree program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, graduates from this program at the University of South Carolina are eligible to sit for professional licensure in the state of South Carolina. We cannot confirm that the program meets the specific requirements for professional licensure in another state.

The Office of the Provost provides additional information about Academic Programs Professional Licensure.

If a current student is considering relocating to another state after being admitted into the BSW program, the student must contact the BSW program coordinator to discuss how the move may impact their ability to participate in academic courses including field placement opportunities in a different state.

Master's Degree Program

Because the Master of Social Work degree program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, graduates from this program at the University of South Carolina may be eligible to sit for professional licensure in the state of South Carolina. We cannot confirm that the program meets the specific requirements for professional licensure in another state.

The Office of the Provost provides additional information about Academic Programs Professional Licensure

If a current student is considering relocating to another state after being admitted into the MSW program, the student must contact the MSW program coordinator to discuss how the move may impact their ability to participate in academic courses including filed placement opportunities in a different state.