Grand Canyon University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Master of Social Work program is in Candidacy status with the Council on Social Work Education.
Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, but has not yet demonstrated full compliance.
Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation. Candidacy is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation. Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
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Grand Canyon University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program is accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC). In addition, the Master of Science in Christian Counseling of Substance Use and Addictive Disorders has been approved for conditional accreditation through NASAC.
NASAC is the only accrediting body specific to addiction majors and minors at the associate, baccalaureate, master and doctorate levels. They aim to provide legitimacy to the study of addiction science by offering structured curriculum standards and expectations for faculty. Additionally, NASAC accreditation provides purpose in the classroom, creating a connection between learned objectives and real-life application. This accreditation may benefit graduates from the program seeking to obtain state licensure as an addiction counselor.
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Grand Canyon University has been fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1968. Learn more about this accreditation and its purpose to GCU by visiting our University Accreditation page.