Accreditation and Licensure


Online Social Work at CWRU is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process.  An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

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.

View Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards Handbook

Case Western Reserve University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Master of Social Work at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604

The Council on Social Work Education
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314

Association of Social Work Boards
400 Southridge Parkway, Suite B, Culpeper, VA 22701


Online Social Work at CWRU, the CSWE-accredited online MSW program with Case Western Reserve University, meets the educational requirements set forth by the Council on Social Work Education and is the first step toward state licensure. Licensure may differ for each state, and students should contact their state licensing board to determine state specific requirements for licensure, including any additional requirements beyond the scope of the program.

Information about state-by-state licensure requirements can be found on the Association of Social Work Boards website.