This summer, the College of Saint Elizabeth’s Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) received accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Receiving this accreditation enables graduates to apply for Advanced Standing to CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) programs. Receiving Advanced Standing allows students to complete their MSW in one year of full-time study instead of two years of full-time study.
CSE’s BSW degree prepares students to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to promote individual well-being and to advocate for social justice. A distinguishing feature of the program is the intensive senior year internship where students are placed in a social service agency, hospital, criminal justice setting or school and receive mentoring from a specially trained social worker.
“This important accreditation gives our BSW students a significant advantage when obtaining social service jobs immediately after graduation,” says Dr. Louise Murray, MSW, LSW, chair of social work program. “Additionally, those who want to pursue leadership positions in the profession have a head start on their graduate studies since they are eligible to obtain advanced standing in MSW programs up to five years after receiving their degree.”
Mary Colleen Robinson has a communication degree with a concentration in journalism and is currently working as the PR/Social Media Specialist at the College of Saint Elizabeth