By Maureen Halley

The Anna Maria College Master of Social Work program received initial accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE’s Commission of Accreditation granted the accreditation through June 2024.

“We are excited about this accreditation and recognition of the Master of Social Work program at Anna Maria College,” said Christine Holmes, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The social services are critical professions in our communities and ones where caring, well-rounded advocates can truly make a difference. Our goal with this program is to help students take classes towards their degree while also placing them in a variety of social service organizations to give them real world experience with diverse and at-risk communities.”

The Master of Social Work program is designed to prepare graduate students for advanced generalist practice with diverse populations. Rooted in the vision of the Sisters of St. Anne and the professional social work tradition, the program seeks to educate and train students to become skilled advocates and agents of social change who, through ethical practice, will advance the opportunities, resources and capacities of individuals and communities both locally and globally.

Anna Maria College’s MSW program has Full-time, Part-time and Advanced Standing degree options to accommodate student’s schedules: Full-time consists of 62 credits completed full-time in two years, including summer courses; Part-time: 62 credits typically completed in four years, including summer courses; and Advanced Standing: Applicants who already have a BSW degree from a CSWE accredited program may qualify for Advanced Standing Placement of 30+ credits completed Full-time over three semesters (Summer, Fall, and Spring) or Part-time in two years.

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CSWE is a national organization that represents social work education in the United States. The members of the organization include over 750 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners and agencies devoted to advancing social work education.


About Anna Maria College

Located just outside of Worcester in Paxton, MA, Anna Maria College is a private, co-educational institution inspired by the ideals of the Sisters of Saint Anne. We prepare students to become ethical leaders by combining a values-based, service-focused education with strong functional knowledge and the skills necessary to address the rapidly changing needs of their world. Anna Maria delivers undergraduate and graduate degrees along with certificate programs on campus and online. For more information, visit