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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Accreditation & Licensure

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The social work major at MSU Mankato (Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree program) has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1974. This accredited professional degree prepares graduates to work in a wide range of human service agencies, with clients ranging from infants to senior citizens, and with challenges such as poverty, mental illness, disabilities, health problems, chemical dependency, and many others. If you enjoy working with people and want the knowledge, skills, and values to serve them professionally then social work may be your degree!

The BSSW program at Minnesota State University, Mankato has been accredited continuously since February 1974 by the Council on Social Work Education(CSWE) for preparation of generalist social work practitioners at the baccalaureate-level.  Our most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was completed in Spring 2011. Documents were reviewed and a site visit occurred resulting in a reaffirmation of our accredited status through 2018!


In Minnesota, as well as in many other states in the U.S., graduation with a degree from a CSWE accredited program is one of the requirements needed to obtain a license and be designated as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW). The licensure process also includes passing a nationally standardized exam, submitting background check documents, and paying a fee to the state.

In most cases, you must be licensed to practice social work. As an LSW you need to work under supervision and cannot practice independently. Violating licensing requirements is considered a violation of State of Minnesota Statutes.

For additional information about licensure in Minnesota, please contact the Minnesota Board of Social Work. The Department does not manage this process.  Phone: 612-617-2100; TTY: 800-627-3529