How to Apply for LMSW or LCSW Licensure

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) is the entry level degree for individuals entering the social work profession.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) is the clinical license that allows the licensee to make a clinical social work diagnosis and provide psychotherapy and related services. It requires 36 months of lawful experience, so that new applicants must first become an LMSW to complete experience and then apply for LCSW.

For information about how to apply, including the required forms, please use the our Applying for Licensure Tool.

Full information about the requirements and a list of licensure-qualifying programs are available:

Last Updated: February 19, 2019