Effective February 2019, the Commission on Accreditation (COA) Granted Candidacy Status to MSW Program at CUNY York College.

COA Decisions are made public on the CSWE website.

Every CSWE-accredited social work program is required to go through the candidacy process. In addition to the MSW Program at CUNY York College, the Department of Social Work offers a Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW), which boasts a 45-year established national reputation was initially accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in 1985 and completed its last accreditation review in October 2013 (next BSSW accreditation review is 2021). The MSW Program at CUNY York College is well-prepared to continue to meet these milestones! 

Per the CSWE website: 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 is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation. Candidacy 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.

  • Council on Social Work Education, located at 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457.
  • CSWE’s contact information is: Phone:+1.703.683.8080 | Fax: +1.703.683.8099 | E: | W:
  • The MSW Program at CUNY York College is conferred by New York State Education Department. All requirements are fulfilled, including successful completion of all MSW major discipline requirements. For more information, visit