State Social Work Licensure

In order to practice clinical social work in CT* at the MSW level, MSW graduates must take the LMSW (licensed master of social work) exam immediately upon graduation or before practicing in the field. Graduates cannot sit for the LMSW exam unless they have graduated from a CSWE-accredited MSW program. If graduates intend to practice clinical social work, they need supervised clinical hours to sit for the LCSW (licensed clinical social worker), but cannot begin to accrue the hours until they have the LMSW. 

This presents challenges for MSW programs in candidacy and not yet fully accredited, however, once programs receive accreditation then graduates of the program are grandfathered as having a CSWE-accredited MSW degree. This is a temporary problem.

Because of the timeframe for the SHU MSW program accreditation, the only students affected by the CT licensure regulations would be Advanced Standing students for the first year of the program. Therefore, in order to protect the interests of both the students and the program, acceptance of Advanced Standing students will be deferred to Year 2 of the program, or Fall 2018. 

Students accepted for the full 2-year program or full part-time program will not be affected by this licensure regulation and will be able to sit for the LMSW immediately upon graduation.

*Licensure regulations vary by state.  Students who plan to practice clinical social work in another state are encouraged to become familiar with that state’s licensing regulations. It is the responsibility of the student, or graduate, to fully understand and comply with licensing requirements in the state in which they intend to practice.