CSWE Statement

Social Work Graduating Class 2018 with Professor White. This photo was taken at the conclusion of the Senior Poster Showcase and Social Work Faith Celebration. This annual event provides senior practicum students to present their practicum work to colleagues and the entire program to celebrate a year of student achievement.

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

The Council on Social Work Education is the national accrediting body of social work education in the United States. CSWE accredits both graduate and undergraduate social work programs. Creighton University's Social Work Program received it's initial accreditation in 1991 and will undergo it's re-affirmation of accreditation in 2019-2020.


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. (CSWE website)


This accreditation is significant for the undergraduate student who graduates with a BSW degree (Bachelor in Social Work).  Students graduating with a BSW from an accredited program, like Creighton University, may qualify for “advanced standing” for an MSW degree.  This reduces the time for MSW completion from 2 years to 1.  Students should consult with prospective MSW programs for their individual requirements and qualifications.

CSWE also provides support and resources to promote exemplary education of social work students in all accredited programs.  Here are a few of their recent graphics promoting the profession of social work. (include some graphics from their website for color on this page).  CSWE also has developed a resource page for students, available here: https://www.cswe.org/Students