Pre-Candidacy for Accreditation
Maryville University’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is currently in Pre-Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation (CSWE).
Pre-Candidacy by the CSWE indicates that a baccalaureate or master’s social work program has submitted an application to be reviewed for candidacy. A program that has attained Pre-Candidacy has not yet been reviewed by the CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation or been verified to be in compliance with the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. The CSWE does not publicly disclose whether programs have currently attained Pre-Candidacy Status until they are granted Candidacy.
What does Pre-Candidacy mean for social work students?
Students who enter the program while it is still in Pre-Candidacy will not be recognized as attending a program in Candidacy unless the program attains Candidacy in the academic year in which those students enter. The Candidacy Process typically takes three years to complete, and there is no guarantee that a program in Pre-Candidacy will eventually attain Candidacy or Initial Accreditation.
Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation. Candidacy by the CSWE’s Commission on 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.