Is the MSW Degree Program Accredited?

The program has been granted a Second Year of Candidacy Status and is scheduled for review for Initial Accreditation in June of 2022.

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Chamberlain's MSW eBook Guide

Whether you are exploring how to become a social worker or looking for opportunities to be an agent of change, this MSW eBook guide was created to assist you in answering all of the questions that may be on your mind as you consider options for fulfilling your passions

Social workers care. They care about people, their families, communities. Social workers dedicate themselves to service, to making this world a more just, fair and safe place for all.
Stacey Borasky Ferguson, EdD, MSW Dean, Master of Social Work (MSW)


Chamberlain University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Chamberlain University confers online degrees from its Main Campus in Addison, IL.

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Chamberlain University’s Master of Social Work Program has achieved Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Candidacy for a master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, but has not yet demonstrated full compliance.

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.

For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.


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Phi Alpha Honor Society

Chamberlain University is proud to be the Alpha Beta Gamma Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Phi Alpha is social work’s internationally recognized honor society and is certified by the Association of College Honor Societies. With membership, eligible students can enjoy a number of benefits including:

  • a vast network of professionals passionate about social work
  • volunteer and humanitarian opportunities
  • access to social work grants and awards
  • national presentation opportunities

For more information, contact our Admissions team at 888.556.8226, option 1.