Bachelor of Social Work
The Bachelor of Social Work is accredited by the Council on
Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE's Commission on
Accreditation is responsible for developing accreditation standards
that define competent preparation and ensuring that social work
programs meet them. CSWE administers a multistep accreditation
process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and
reviews. Carlow University's next accreditation visit will be in
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes [pdf]
Master of Social Work
Carlow University’s Master of Social Work is currently in Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.
Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation.
Candidacy is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation. Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
Candidacy by the Council on Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, but has not yet demonstrated full compliance.
Please note that Social Work does not accept life experience or work experience for credit.
For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact CSWE
- Social Work field manual [pdf]
- Social Work program handbook [pdf]