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MSW Licensure

MSW graduates can pursue one of two licensure options. More details and all official information regarding social work licensure in Indiana is available through the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.

Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

MSW graduates are prepared and eligible to take the LSW exam. Once you pass, you are a licensed social worker in Indiana. You need to renew your license every two years and are responsible for obtaining 40 continued educational units (CEUs) every two years and keeping records of these certificates.

You can take the LSW exam once you graduate with your BSW from an accredited CSWE program. However, you must also meet other criteria, such as completing 3,000 hours (approximately two years) of work in the field under the supervision of an LSW or LCSW to become eligible to take the exam.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

MSW graduates from an accredited CSWE program must obtain an LSW before working towards an LCSW. You must work in the field full-time under an LCSW with documented supervision for a period of two years. You are then eligible to take the LCSW exam. Once you pass, you are a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Indiana. You need to renew your license every two years and are responsible for obtaining 40 continued educational units (CEUs) every two years and keeping records of these certificates.


*Pending final approval from the Higher Learning Commission.