Dear Student,

A professional licensure or certification may be required to practice, advance, or specialize in social work. This program meets the educational requirements in Kentucky to pursue a certified social worker (CSW) license pending successful completion of the licensing examination and all other state requirements, and to pursue a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) license, pending successful completion of all additional practice experience, examination, and other state requirements. The program is approved by the Kentucky Council of Postsecondary Education. However, educational requirements for licensure vary by state. Please find your state in the attached list of state licensure information to determine if your program can lead to licensure or certification in your state of residence.

Although the University of Kentucky works to update educational licensure requirements for each state, it is recommended that students inquire with their state licensing board to learn about all licensure requirements in their field. Additional licensure requirements for individuals may include professional examinations, background checks, years of work experience, fingerprinting requirements, etc. Students who plan to pursue licensure should be aware that state licensure requirements are subject to change.

Important note for relocating during the course of a program: Prospective and current students should keep in mind that licensing and authorization requirements vary by state and that relocating during the course of a program to another state could impact whether that student can continue in the program and/or meet the eligibility requirements of that state. If you are considering relocating, please contact your program to check for authorization and licensure eligibility requirements.

For more information or questions, please visit UK Online or contact Sara Green in the Masters of Social Work program at

Thank you,

Emily Woods, MSEd
Distance Learning Compliance Coordinator
University of Kentucky
ITS Academic Technologies and Faculty Engagement
518F King Library
Lexington, KY 40506