Licensure Information by State

Masters in Social Work program Updated: 23 July 2018

Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Master Social Worker license in Alabama. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Social Work program does not meet the educational requirements for a Licensed Clinical Social Worker license in California. Out-of-state applicants must complete an 18 hour course on California law and professional ethics. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Colorado State Board of Social Work Examiners

Alaska Board of Social Work Examiners

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky has not determined whether the Masters of Social Work program meets the educational requirements for licensure in Alaska. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (Social  Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for a licensed master social worker license in Arizona. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Master Social Worker license in Arkansas. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Social Worker license in Colorado. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Connecticut Department of Public Health (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Master Social Worker in Connecticut. Please be aware that licensure in Connecticut also requires post- master's social work experience. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Delaware Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Clinical Social Worker in Delaware. Please be aware that licensure in Delaware also requires post-master's clinical social work experience. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

District of Columbia Department of Health (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Graduate Social Worker license in the District of Columbia. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family  Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The Masters of Social Work program meets the educational requirements, including the required 24 clinical course hours, for licensure in Florida. Depending on the type of licensure sought, different exams and requirements will be given. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors,  Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists(Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Master Social Worker license in Georgia. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Social Worker license in Hawaii. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Idaho Board of Social Work Examiners

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Masters Social Worker license in Idaho. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional  Regulation (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky has not determined whether the Masters of Social Work program meets the educational requirements for licensure in Illinois. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing  Board (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Social Worker license in Indiana. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Iowa Department of Public Health (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky has not determined whether the Masters of Social Work program meets the educational requirements for licensure in Iowa. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (Social Work)

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Master Social Worker license in Kansas. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Certified Social Worker license in Massachusetts. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Master's Social Worker license in Louisiana. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Maine State Board of Social Worker Licensure The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Master's Social Worker license in Maine. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Masters Social Worker license in Maryland. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory  Affairs (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Master's Social Worker.

Students with an MSW can receive a limited license for a Master's Social Worker. An additional 4,000 supervised practice is required for a fully licensed Master's Social Worker. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Minnesota Board of Social Work

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Graduate Social Worker license in Minnesota. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Mississippi State Board of Examiners (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Master's Social Worker license in Mississippi. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Missouri Division of Professional Regulation (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Master Social Worker in Missouri. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Montana Board of Behavioral Health (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Clinical Social Worker license. Montana requires at least 24 months of supervised post master's degree work experience in psychotherapy, which includes 3,000 hours of social work experience, of which at least 1,500 hours in direct client contact within 5 years prior to application. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Nebraska Department of Mental Health and Social Work Practice (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Certified Social Worker license in Nebraska. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Social Worker license in Nevada. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Social Worker license in New Hampshire. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Social Worker license in New Jersey. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work

Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Master Social Worker license in New Mexico. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

New York Office of the Professions (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. Licensed Master Social Worker applicants are required to have CSWSE- accredited Masters of Social Work to begin seeking licensure. Additionally, New York requires 900 hours of field education as  well as coursework in the following areas: diversity, social justice, and at-risk populations, foundation and advanced social work practice, human behavior in the social environment, social welfare policy and service delivery, social work practice evaluation and research, social work values and ethics. The University of Kentucky Masters of Social Work program can meet the licensure requirements if students complete the required coursework and field education requirements. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Certified Master Social Worker license in North Carolina. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Certified Social Worker license in North Dakota. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Ohio Board of Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and  Family Therapist Board (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Social Worker license in Ohio. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Masters Social Worker license in Oklahoma. Other  requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Masters Social Worker license in Oregon. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and  Family Therapists and Professional Counselors (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Social Worker license in Pennsylvania. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Puerto Rico Board of Professional Social Workers

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements to be licensed for the profession of Social Work in Puerto Rico. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Rhode Island Board of Social Work Examiners The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Clinical Social Worker license in Rhode Island. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Masters Social Worker license in South Carolina. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

South Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Certified Social Worker license in South Dakota. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Tennessee Board of Social Workers

specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Masters Social Worker license in Texas. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Utah Division of Occupational and Professional  Licensing (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Certified Social Worker license in Utah. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Vermont Board of Social Workers

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Masters Social Work license in Vermont. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Virgin Islands Department of Licensing and Consumer  Affairs (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Masters Social Worker license in Tennessee. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for

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Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional  Services (Social Work)

Virginia Board of Social Work

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Social Worker license in Virginia. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Washington State Department of Health (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Social Worker- Associate license in Washington. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for a Social Work Certificate in Wisconsin. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing  Board (Social Work)

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Certified Social Worker license in Wyoming. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.

West Virginia Board of Social Work

The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work  Education. The University of Kentucky Masters in Social Work program meets the educational requirements for the Graduate Social Worker license in West Virginia. Other requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, examination results, etc. may apply. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure requirements or contact Distance Learning.