LSU School of Social Work's MSW Program Receives National Accreditation

December 8, 2020

BATON ROUGE - The Master of Social Work (MSW) program, of the LSU School of Social Work received accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education, or CSWE, valid through October 2028. 

“This is an important milestone for our MSW program,” Director of the School of Social Work Pam Monroe said. “Reaccreditation from CSWE reinforces the rigor and sustainability of our program and displays our commitment to excellence within the field. Our faculty and staff have done a wonderful job - the reaccreditation of this program was well-earned.” 

The Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation reaffirmed the MSW Program’s accreditation at its October 2020 meeting. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is responsible for developing standards and ensuring programs are in accordance with them. As of their October 2020 meeting, 291 master’s programs are accredited. 

CSWE standards are rigorous, nationally-recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence. Social work programs in good standing must apply for accreditation once every eight years. 

The three-year preparation for accreditation this cycle was undertaken by the following people: Denise Chiasson, associate director and director of student services; Wesley Church, PhD, former director; Traci Lilley, associate director and director of field education; Elaine M. Maccio, PhD, MSW program director and associate professor; Pamela Monroe, PhD, director of the school of social work; and Lois Canulette & W.A. “Buster” Baker Alumni Professor. 

We are proud of all faculty and staff who were instrumental in the accreditation of our program. We truly appreciate their commitment to excellence in social work accreditation and commend our MSW program for its accreditation through October 2028. 

LSU currently has two options for the MSW – face-to-face, enrolling 120 students, and online, enrolling 724 students. The LSU Online MSW is consistently ranked top ten in the nation for best, most affordable, and best value.


About The School of Social Work

The LSU School of Social Work (SSW) aspires to be a leading graduate school of social work, a vibrant center of intellectual development, a leader in promoting and supporting diverse communities, and an advocate for an integrated and inclusive model of social work, all within a learning environment that supports best educational practices. The Child and Family Studies (CFS) undergraduate and graduate degrees integrate theory, research, and practice to focus on child development and family dynamics.

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About The College of Human Sciences & Education

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs. 

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