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Michigan Social Work Licensure

How to become a Social Worker in Michigan

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in Michigan. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the Michigan Health Professions Licensing Division at (517) 335-0918 to make sure you are on the right track.

Follow the steps to earn your Michigan Social Work License:

Step One:

Complete education requirements for social work licensure:

  • Licensed bachelor's social worker (BSW) licensure candidates need a bachelors degree in social work from an accredited school.
  • Licensed master's social worker (LMSW) and Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) applicants need a masters degree in social work from an accredited school.

Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.

Step Two:

Once you have earned your degree, you can apply for a limited license from the Michigan Board of Social Work in order to begin post-degree supervised work experience. The limited licenses are the same as a full licensure application.

You may download both bachelor and master level Michigan social work licensure application packets off the following Michigan Department of Community Health webpage.

Step Three:

Each level of licensure candidate needs to complete at least 2 years of post-graduate work experience or 4000 hours in a setting that is appropriate for the license they are pursuing. The experience should be done under a Board approved supervisor.

More information about work experience and qualifying supervisors can be found in the Michigan Social Work General Rules.

Step Four:

When the supervised work experience requirements have been met, you will need to submit another application to the Michigan Board of Social Work for a full licensure.

You can download the Michigan social work license application here.

Step Five:

The Board will review your application and notify you once you are eligible to take the examination administered by the Association of Social Work Boards. The following are licensures associated with the necessary examinations.

  • The licensed bachelor's social worker candidate will need to pass the Bachelor's Examination.
  • The licensed masters social worker candidate will need to pass the Advanced Generalist Examination.
  • The licensed clinical social worker candidate will need to pass the Clinical Examination.

More information about each of the exams can be found on the ASWB website.

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

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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.
  • The first elite researching university to offer a Master of Social Work degree online.
  • Has 4,000 field internship opportunities that give students real-world experience.
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  • 95% alumni satisfaction rate.
  • 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.
  • Offers credit for prior experience and learning, as well as scholarships, accelerated programs, and several other ways to help reduce tuition costs.
  • Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • 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).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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  • Among the top 15% of military-friendly colleges, universities, & trade schools in the nation. 
  • A Service Members Opportunities College.
  • Accepts employer tuition assistance. 
  • Recognized by The Princeton Review Guide to 311 Green Colleges as one of 311 institutions of higher education that demonstrates notable commitments to sustainability.  
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC).
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  • Online school designated as a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Commited more than $60 million in tuition savings in 2015 through scholarships.
  • Active-duty military, veterans, and Veteran’s Administration employees can save 15% on tuition.
  • Offers 24/7 student services, including financial aid help, course registration, and career counseling.
  • Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
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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.  
  • Offers inventive programs with hands-on experience.  
  • Incorporates social justice values and multicultural perspectives into curriculum. 
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  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
  • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
  • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Features a competency-based MBA program that allows students to test out of subjects based on prior professional experience.
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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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•        Ranked #4 among the 2015 Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.

•        Designated as 2015 Military Friendly School by U.S. News & World Report.

•        Student to faculty ratio of 12:1, with an average class size of 21.

•        85% of faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree in their field.

•        Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).

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