The Northern Arizona University Master of Social Work (MSW) Program was granted initial accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a hard-earned achievement that has been in the works for eight years.
CSWE was founded in 1952 and serves as the only national accrediting agency for social work programs. It aims to support quality social work education and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development. Currently, it has accredited more than 750 baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs. Adding NAU’s MSW to its list means students can get licensed to practice social work and call themselves a social worker upon graduation. It also means students are being trained to meet the highest national standards for social work practice.
“Now that we are accredited, students can become licensed to practice social work,” said Natalie Cawood, chair of the Department of Social Work. “Without the accreditation, students are not actually social workers. Having an accredited program is the baseline expectation for students who are looking to enroll in a MSW program. With accreditation, students will be able to enroll with full confidence that they will be able to pursue their professional aspirations upon graduation.” Read more