Credentials and Licensure

Students interested in careers in social work can pursue education through the doctoral level. The following degrees are available:

  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) (BSSW)*
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Doctor of Social Work (DSW)
  • Doctor of Philosphy (PhD) in Social Work

Professional social workers must be certified by the Maryland Licensure Board after obtaining a degree from a pgoram accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

License Degree Required
Licensed Social Worker Associater (LSWA) Bachelor of Social Work
Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) Master of Social Work
Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) Master of Social Work
Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical (LCSW-C)    Master of Social Work