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Massachusetts Social Work Licensure

How to become a Social Worker in Massachusetts

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in Massachusetts. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers at (866)-527-2384 to make sure you are on the right track.

Follow the steps to earn your Massachusetts Social Work License:

Step One:

Complete educational requirements for your desired social work licensure:

  • Licensed Social Work Associate (LSWA) and Licensed Social Worker (LSW) applicants need at least an associate degree including courses in social work and other related fields.
  • Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) candidates will need at least a masters degree in social work from an accredited school.

Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.

Step Two:

Work experience prior to licensure:

  • LSWA - no experience is required.
  • LSW - if the applicant received a bachelor's degree in social work, no work experience is required.
  • LCSW - no experience is required.
  • LICSW - applicants need to have a valid LCSW licensure and to have earned 3500 hours of supervised work experience. Part of these hours need to include direct supervision by a qualified supervisor. More details about the requirements and supervisor qualifications are available here.

Step Three:

After completing the necessary work experience (if required), you can download the Massachusetts social work license application and submit the application to the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers.

You can download the application here. Make sure to include all supporting documents and fees when submitting your application materials.

Step Four:

The Massachusetts Board will review your application and notify you once you have been approved to take the examination appropriate for your licensure level.

  • LSWA and LSW licensure candidates will need to pass the Basic licensure examination.
  • LCSW applicants will need to pass the Intermediate licensure examination.
  • LICSW applicants will need to pass the Clinical licensure examination.

All exams listed above are administered by the Association of State Social Work Boards and information about each one is available on their website.

This process can take some time, so being aware of deadlines and keeping your Massachusetts Social Worker license active is important.

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  • Currently holds more than 500 professional alliances, including 19 of the top Fortune 100 companies.
  • Courses are taught by expert faculty, with 86% of professors possessing a doctoral degree.
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  • Ranked #11 in the 2015 Best Graduate Schools in Social Work by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Offers more specialization opportunities than any other social work program, with 10 concentrations and sub-concentrations and 8 dual-degree programs.
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  • Offers programs in psychology/social work, business management, medical billing, criminal justice, and more.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
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  • Ranked 33rd among the Best Grad Schools for Social Work in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Founded in 1904 as the nation’s first institute of higher learning to offer training for clinical social workers.
  • Provides a rigorous education, including a nationally accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) Program and PhD in Social Work.  
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  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
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Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose. Our 20,000 alumni, from more than 110 countries, are changing the world as accomplished professionals. Named a top-15 school nationally for online bachelor's programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2015), Regent is among the most affordable undergraduate Christian colleges (CCCU 2015). Fully accredited, challenging programs are available online and on campus. New classes begin every eight weeks.

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