Social Work Program (MSW)
Licensure & Accreditation

Accreditation Standards

The MSW program is accredited under the College’s general accreditation by the regional accrediting body for Colleges and Universities: the Middle States Commission on Accreditation. This is not the same as professional accreditation, which can only be granted by Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The standards for the curriculum of any professionally accredited BSSW or MSW program are set by CSWE. The Department of Social Work received full initial accreditation by CSWE for the MSW program in February 2017.

Licensing Standards

The MSW clinical track at CSI has been approved as a clinical social work program by the New York State Department of Education. Not only does this mean that students who graduate from our program are eligible to sit for the Licensed Master of Social Work exam, it also means that those who eventually pursue licensure as clinical social workers, if the student selected the clinical track, will have met the clinical content required by the state (12 hours of clinical coursework) to be eligible for that exam (additional clinical supervision is also required to be eligible for the Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) exam).

The macro track within the Disability Studies concentration, which was approved by New York State during the 2017-2018 academic year,  prepares students for licensing at the LMSW level. Those who complete the macro track will not be eligible for the LCSW.