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Master of Social Work Program Earns Accreditation

August 26, 2021

The Idaho State University Master of Social Work (MSW) program is now accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). 

“Having an accredited program allows our graduates to be hired to provide critical and much-needed services in this region,” program director, Dr. Fredi Giesler said. 

The CSWE is the sole organization responsible for accrediting graduate and undergraduate social work programs in the US. They accredit programs that align with the CSWE vision of ensuring “a well-educated social work profession equipped to promote health, well-being, and justice for all people in a diverse society.”

Idaho State's Master of Social Work program joins the nearly 300 accredited master’s programs in the country. Accredited programs must reapply for accreditation every eight years, and pass written self-studies and on-site and in-person reviews by trained CSWE member site visitors.

In the state of Idaho, law prohibits anyone from calling themselves a social worker without the proper licensing. Qualification for licensing includes having a degree from a CSWE accredited institution. Every state has similar laws governing the practice of social work to uphold quality standards and protect the public. 


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