Regis College, founded in 1927, is a multifaceted Catholic University in Greater Boston with 3,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in the arts, sciences, and health professions devoted to engagement, service, and advancement in the global community. Regis College offers majors and graduate/professional programs to prepare students for in-demand fields such as nursing, health, public service, education, and business communication.
Regis College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).
CSWE Accreditation: 2nd year of Candidacy Status
The Regis College MSW program is currently in 2nd year Candidacy status with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The award of 2nd year candidacy is indicative that the MSW program has successfully achieved the standards of Benchmarks I and II and is in the process of completing Benchmark III for initial accreditation. As with all new MSW programs, the Regis College MSW program must complete a three-year candidacy period prior to receiving initial CSWE accreditation. A program that has attained CSWE Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.
The first and second site visits from CSWE occurred during fall 2018 and 2019, the third site visit will occur in fall 2020. Students admitted to the program in fall 2018 and each semester thereafter will be recognized as having fully accredited MSW degrees once the program is granted Initial Accreditation (anticipated in spring 2021). Throughout the candidacy period, the MSW program must continue to demonstrate to CSWE its compliance with core competencies and practice behaviors outlined by CSWE.
While attaining CSWE Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation, it is expected that the Regis College MSW program accreditation will proceed successfully based on the commitment and expertise of the faculty, strong program leadership, and solid support of the college administration.
For more information about social work accreditation, please see: https://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Information/Frequently-Asked-Questions
Master of Social Work
Tuition $775 per credit hour $200-$400 estimated cost of textbooks per course
Admission Requirements Before being considered for admission, degree-seeking students should schedule an application appointment with their personal Admissions Advisor to discuss the application requirements and process. Schedule an appointment here: https://online.regiscollege.edu/vcita-all-programs/ . After your appointment, your Advisor will email you the application forms and link to Regis’ online application system, where you will submit the following forms and materials.
1. Complete Online Application
2. Request Two Letters of Recommendation
3. Official Academic Transcripts*
4. Program Director reserves the right to request an interview
5. Criminal Background Check: Applicants are advised that the Regis College Social Work program includes a clinical/fieldwork component during which students are placed in clinical/healthcare environments (e.g. mental health clinics, hospitals, etc.) in order to obtain practical experience. Prior to such placement, applicants will undergo a criminal background check, the results of which may affect a student’s ability to participate in the clinical/fieldwork component.
Applicants are further advised that licensure requirements in the field of Social Work may include a review of an individual’s criminal background. Applicants should contact the relevant licensing authority for further information.
The fees required to obtain a background check and any additional tests are the sole responsibility of the student.
The Online MSW program offers two tracks – a 60-credit Traditional track for non-BSW students, and a 30-credit Advanced Standing track for students who have completed their BSW in the past 5 years. Students who completed their BSW more than 5 years ago may still apply for Advanced Standing; the MSW program director will review all requests.
The program also includes an experiential learning component with a field replacement requirement (480 hours/Traditional, 600 hours/Advanced Standing)*.
*Similar to other MSW programs, the Regis MSW curriculum may include up to 1080 hours of field work to ensure licensure requirements are met. **Elective Courses TBD. Check with an Enrollment Advisor for more details.
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