Human Services Guide

Licensed Master Social Worker

Licensure to practice clinical social work in a mental health context is dependent upon the state in which you live. There are many titles which equate to levels of licensure and the kinds of therapeutic methods one can use as well as the kinds of jobs one can hold as a Social Worker. The Licensed Master Social Worker is one of these degrees of licensure and has a specific set of requirements to attain, of which the most important feature is having earned your Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited institution of higher learning.

Education Requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker

You will need to earn your Bachelor’s degree in order to apply for a MSW program. It is wise to have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree as this will give you a good foundation for your MSW coursework and is preferred by most MSW programs. However, some programs will also accept applicants who have a Bachelor’s in a relevant Behavioral Science discipline such as: Sociology, Psychology, Counseling or Human Services. You can learn about MSW programs in your state by clicking on the name of your state next to the map here: You can also learn about the additional requirements for the Master Social Worker level of licensure, by clicking on the name of your state next to the map here: