For release: February 11, 2014
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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
“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 www.memphis.edu/socialwork.