Master of Social Work (MSW)

Baylor University discloses that  Master of Social Work program will fulfill state/territory educational requirements for professional licenses.

Some state licensing boards require additional requirements beyond education, which may include (but are not limited to): additional post-graduation examinations or experience, application and licensing fees, criminal background checks, reference checks, fingerprint submissions, etc. Continuing education may also be required for maintenance of certification/licensure. Make sure you understand and review any additional requirements prior to enrolling in the Master of Social Work program.

State licensing requirements are always subject to change at the discretion of the state licensing board. The University will routinely update this page, but we strongly recommend you inquire with the applicable state board to confirm your eligibility for licensure prior to enrolling in the Master of Social Work program. For any questions regarding licensure, please contact the state/territory agency directly.

Licensing requirements vary by state/territory and relocating could impact whether you will meet eligibility requirements for licensure. For any questions about relocation eligibility, contact the agency where you desire licensure before relocating to ensure that you will be eligible for licensure or reciprocity.

Carefully review the educational prerequisites for your intended state/territory of licensure and whether our program meets those requirements for licensure. Use the agency contact information provided below to clarify or confirm any requirements.

If questions remain after reviewing the information provided below, contact your program advisor. While the University can provide initial guidance, it is ultimately your responsibility to continually check with the state/territory where you intend to seek licensure to confirm all licensing/certification requirements.

The State Licensing Requirements should indicate if the program curriculum Meets the requirements in these states and US Territories, Does NOT Meet the requirement in these states and US Territories or Undetermined if the program has not yet determined if the curriculum requirements are met for these states and US Territories.

Search Disclosures by State

StatesName and URL of State Licensing Board or DepartmentState Licensing Requirements?
AlabamaAlabama State Board of Social Work ExaminersMeets
AlaskaState Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy BoardMeets
ArizonaState of Arizona Board of Behavioral Health ExaminersMeets
ArkansasArkansas Social Work Licensing BoardMeets
CaliforniaCalifornia Board of Behavioral SciencesMeets- with supervision
ColoradoColorado State Board of Social Work ExaminersMeets
ConnecticutConnecticut State Department of Public HealthMeets
DelawareDelaware Board of Social Work ExaminersMeets
FloridaFlorida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health CounselingMeets
GeorgiaGeorgia Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family TherapistsMeets
HawaiiHawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing DivisionMeets
IdahoIdaho Board of Social Work ExaminersMeets
IllinoisIllinois Department of Financial and Professional RegulationMeets
IndianaIndiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing BoardMeets
IowaIowa Department of Public Health Board of Social WorkMeets
KansasKansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory BoardMeets
KentuckyKentucky Board of Social WorkMeets
LouisianaLouisiana State Board of Social Work ExaminersMeets
MaineMaine State Board of Social Worker LicensureMeets
MarylandMaryland Board of Social Work ExaminersMeets
MassachusettsMassachusetts Board of Registration of Social WorkMeets
MichiganMichigan Board of Social WorkMeets- with supervision
MinnesotaMinnesota Board of Social WorkMeets
MississippiMississippi State Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family TherapistsMeets
MissouriMissouri Division of Professional Registration Committee for Social WorkersMeets
MontanaMontana Board of Behavioral HealthMeets - with supervision
NebraskaNebraska Department of Health and Human ServicesMeets
NevadaState of Nevada Board of Examiners for Social WorkersMeets
New HampshireNew Hampshire Board of Mental Health PracticeMeets - with supervision
New JerseyNew Jersey State Board of Social Work ExaminersMeets
New MexicoNew Mexico Board of Social Work ExaminersMeets
New YorkNew York State Education Department Office of the ProfessionsMeets
North CarolinaNorth Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure BoardMeets
North DakotaNorth Dakota Board of Social Work ExaminersMeets
OhioOhio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist BoardMeets
OklahomaOklahoma State Board of Licensed Social WorkersMeets
OregonOregon Board of Licensed Social WorkersMeets
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional CounselorsMeets
Rhode IslandState of Rhode Island Department of HealthMeets
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Board of Social Work ExaminersMeets
South DakotaSouth Dakota Board of Social Work ExaminersMeets
TennesseeTennessee Board of Social WorkersMeets
TexasTexas State Board of Social Worker ExaminersMeets
UtahUtah Division of Occupational and Professional LicensingMeets
VermontVermont Office of Professional RegulationMeets
VirginiaVirginia Board of Social WorkMeets
WashingtonWashington State Board of HealthMeets - with supervision
West VirginiaWest Virginia Board of Social WorkMeets
WisconsinState of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional ServicesMeets
WyomingWyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing BoardMeets- with supervision
American SamoaAmerican Samoa Department of Human and Social ServicesDoes Not Meet
District of ColumbiaWashington DC HealthMeets
GuamGuam Board of Social WorkMeets
Northern Mariana IslandsCommonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Board of Professional LicensingDoes Not Meet
Puerto RicoBoard of Examiners of Social Work Professionals of Puerto RicoMeets
US Virgin IslandsGovernment of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Licensing and Consumer AffairsMeets

*Please note, state requirements change frequently for each state. It is the responsibility of the student to check your desired state's requirements for the most up to date information.

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Last Updated: July 11, 2022 by VL