Find Social Work Licenses that Require a MSW by State

Social work licenses vary by state and are issued by state-specific social work licensing boards, which set the requirements for licensure. The following table contains a list of state-specific social work licenses that require a Master of Social Work (MSW). While all 50 states require licensing for clinical social workers, not all states require direct-service social workers to be licensed. In addition, the nomenclature for licenses is not standardized across the 50 states, so a similar license may not be called the same thing in different states. For some states with multiple licenses, professionals may have to earn one license before they can pursue a second more advanced license.

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Social Work Licenses by State

Social Work Licenses by State
STATE LICENSING BOARD WEBSITE TYPES OF LICENSES
Alabama www.socialwork.alabama.gov Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW)
Private Independent Practice (PIP)
Alaska www.commerce.alaska.gov Clinical Social Worker (CSW)
Master Social Worker (MSW)
Arizona www.azbbhe.us Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
Arkansas www.arkansas.gov Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
California www.bbs.ca.gov Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW / ACSW)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Colorado www.colorado.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
Connecticut www.ct.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Delaware www.dpr.delaware.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
District of Columbia doh.dc.gov Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW)
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)
Florida floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Georgia sos.ga.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
Hawaii cca.hawaii.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
Idaho ibol.idaho.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
Illinois www.idfpr.com Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Indiana www.in.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Iowa www.idph.iowa.gov Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
Kansas www.ksbsrb.org Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW)
Kentucky bsw.ky.gov Certified Social Worker (CSW)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Louisiana www.labswe.org Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) / Certified Social Worker
Maine www.maine.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
Maryland dhmh.maryland.gov Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical (LCSW-C)
Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW)
Massachusetts www.mass.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
Michigan www.michigan.gov Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
Minnesota mn.gov Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW)
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)
Mississippi www.swmft.ms.gov Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
Missouri pr.mo.gov Licensed Advanced Macro Social Worker (LAMSW)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
Montana bsd.dli.mt.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Nebraska dhhs.ne.gov Certified Master Social Worker (CMSW)
Nevada socwork.nv.gov Clinical Social Worker (CSW)
Independent Social Worker (ISW)
New Hampshire www.nh.gov Certified Social Worker (CSW)
New Jersey www.njconsumeraffairs.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
New Mexico www.rld.state.nm.us Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
New York www.op.nysed.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
North Carolina www.ncswboard.org Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Certified Master Social Worker (CMSW)
Certified Social Work Manager (CSWM)
North Dakota www.ndbswe.com Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
Ohio cswmft.ohio.gov Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)
Oklahoma www.ok.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Master’s Social Worker (LMSW)
Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
Licensed Social Worker-Administration (LSW-Adm)
Oregon www.oregon.gov Certified Social Worker Associate (CSWA)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Master’s Social Worker (LMSW)
Pennsylvania www.dos.pa.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
Rhode Island health.ri.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
South Carolina www.llr.state.sc.us Licensed Independent Social Worker - Advanced Practice (LISW-AP)
Licensed Independent Social Worker - Clinical Practice (LISW-CP)
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
South Dakota dss.sd.gov Certified Independent Practice Social Worker (CIPSW)
Certified Social Worker (CSW)
Tennessee health.state.tn.us Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker (LAPSW)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
Texas www.dshs.state.tx.us Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
Licensed Master Social Worker - Advanced Practice (LMSW-AP)
Utah www.dopl.utah.gov Certified Social Worker (CSW)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Vermont www.sec.state.vt.us Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Virginia www.dhp.virginia.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Washington www.doh.wa.gov Licensed Advanced Social Worker (LASW)
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
Licensed Social Work Associate & Advanced (LSWAA)
Licensed Social Work Associate & Independent Clinical (LSWAIC)
West Virginia www.wvsocialworkboard.org Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW)
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
Wisconsin dsps.wi.gov Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker (CAPSW)
Certified Independent Social Worker (CISW)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Wyoming mentalhealth.wyo.gov Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)