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Licensed Master Social Worker


Social work is a profession that helps individuals, families, and groups change behaviors, emotions, attitudes, relationships, and social conditions to restore and enhance their capacity to meet their personal and social needs.

Social workers are trained to provide a variety of services, ranging from psychotherapy to the administration of health and welfare programs. They work with human development and behavior, including the social, economic, and cultural systems in which people function.

New York Licensed Master Social Workers have earned a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree from a graduate school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and passed a national licensing exam. The Licensed Clinical Social Worker has completed an M.S.W. degree that includes clinical courses, has three years of post-degree supervised experience in clinical social work, and has passed a clinical licensing examination.

Licensure Requirements

An applicant must have an MSW degree, be of good moral character and pass the national licensing examination.

Age Requirements

At least 21 years of age.

Education and/or Experience Requirements

Must have an MSW degree of at least 60 semester hours with required course content including supervised internship of at least 900 hours, acceptable to the Department.

Fees: (as of April 9, 2014)

The fee for licensure and first registration is $294.
The fee for a limited permit is $70.

Examination Requirements

Licensure as an LMSW requires successful completion of the "Masters" (formerly Intermediate) examination administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) or an examination determined by the Department to be comparable in content.

Licenses Issued and Registered

In 2012, there were 2,835 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2013, there were 2,705 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2014, there were 28,053 registered licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Social Work Unit
89 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 592
Fax: (518) 402-2323

Occupational Reference Code

21-1021 to 21-1029 - Various Social Workers to All Other Social Workers
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information

Association of Social Worker Boards
400 Southridge Parkway, Suite B
Culpeper, VA 22701
Phone: (800) 225-6880
Fax: (540) 829-0562


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/02/14.

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