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U of M Master of Social Work Program Receives Initial Accreditation

For release: February 11, 2014
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

The University of Memphis’ Master of Social Work (MSW) Program was granted initial accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) at its recent Commission on Accreditation meeting. The program will be reviewed for reaffirmation of accreditation in February 2018.

The CSWE is the sole accrediting body for social work education in the United States. In the state of Tennessee, licensure at the LMSW (masters social worker), LCSW (clinical social worker) and LAPSW (advanced practice social worker) levels requires a master’s degree from a CSWE-accredited program. 

Seventy-four students are currently enrolled in the 60-hour program. Twenty students graduated last spring; another 27 are expected to graduate in May.

  “Whether through coursework, field internships or extracurricular events with community partners, the University of Memphis MSW program has continuously provided me unique opportunities to learn and to further develop the wide range of professional skills needed for ethical and competent social work practice,” said Stacy Elliot, a full-time, second-year MSW student. “Our diverse and talented faculty are accessible, supportive and willing to engage with students collaboratively. I love the MSW program’s cohort model as it has been an incredible asset throughout grad school to have learned so much from and because of my fellow classmates.”

Accreditation of the program allows MSW students like Elliot to be prepared to explore numerous opportunities and to advance their profession within the field of social work. 

“This is a great day for the University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work,” said Dr. Steve Soifer, professor and chair of Social Work. “We have put a lot of work in getting our Master’s of Social Work program accredited, and it has paid off. Congratulations to everyone who made this happen, and especially to the first graduating class who had faith we would get there.”

Dr. Stan Hyland, head of the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, added, “The University of Memphis responded to the needs of the Memphis community by moving quickly to institute a Master’s of Social Work Program that clearly is directed to community and families. The Social Work Program enables us to be a major partner with the city of Memphis, local foundations and social service agencies in their joint efforts to address those in need because of poverty and related challenges. In the coming years this program will make a difference in the quality of life for many in the Mid-South.”

The MSW program is accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year. Those interested may apply at

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