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Master of Social Work, Advanced-Standing and Regular Program

The MSSW Program at Abilene Christian University was established in 2007 and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.  Housed in the School of Social Work, it includes both a Standard (2-year) program and an Advanced Standing (1-year program for graduates of CSWE accredited BSW programs).

Licensure in Social Work varies from state to state, with the master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program a virtually universal requirement.  The following chart identifies the U.S. states and territories in which the ACU Master of Science in Social Work aligns with the various requirements for licensure, and includes contact information for the relevant entities regulating social work licensure in those states.  It attempts to identify any special requirements that might exist in addition to a CSWE accredited degree, and jurisdictions where it has not been possible to make a determination if the curriculum meets the requirements.

Last Updated:  10/1/2020


Alabama

Alabama Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Alabama.  Please review Alabama’s State Board of Social Work Examiners website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Alaska

Alaska Licensure Information

Abilene Christian CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Alaska.  Please review Alaska’s Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Arizona

Arizona Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Arizona.  Please review Arizona’s Board of Behavioral Health Examiners website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Arkansas

Arkansas Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Arkansas.  Please review Arkansas’ Board of Social Work Licensing Board website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


California

California Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of California. The state of California has in place additional requirements to practice, including California specific course work and examination. Please carefully review California’s  Board of Behavioral Sciences website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Colorado

Colorado Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Colorado.  Please review Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Connecticut

Connecticut Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Connecticut.  Please review Connecticut’s Department of Public Health website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Delaware

Delaware Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Delaware.  Please review Delaware’s Board of Social Work Examiners website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


District of Columbia

District of Columbia Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s Master of Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the District of Columbia.  Please review the District of Columbia’s DC Health website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Florida

Florida Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Florida. The state of Florida has in place additional requirements to practice, including a clinically oriented Social Work elective. Please carefully review Florida’s  Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling website for additional details about obtaining licensure. In addition, review the Education Worksheet that is necessary to complete as part of the application for licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Georgia

Georgia Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Georgia.  Please review Georgia’s Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Hawaii

Hawaii Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Hawaii.  Please review Hawaii’s Professional and Vocational Licensing Division website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Idaho

Idaho Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Idaho.  Please review Idaho’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Illilnois

Illinois Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Illinois.  Please review Illinois’ Social Work website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Indiana

Indiana Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Indiana.  Please review Indiana’s Professional Licensing Agency website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Iowa

Iowa Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Iowa.  Please review Iowa’s Board of Social Work website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Kansas

Kansas Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Kansas.  Please review Kansas’ Behavioral Sciences and Regulatory Board website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Kentucky

Kentucky Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Kentucky.  Please review Kentucky’s Board of Social Work website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Louisiana

Louisiana Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Louisiana.  Please review Louisiana’s State Board of Social Work Examiners website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Maine

Maine Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Maine.  Please review Maine’s Professional and Financial Regulation website for additional details about obtaining licensure. Please note that the state of Maine requires 12 hours of coursework in family or intimate partner violence. An applicant for initial licensure who cannot demonstrate completion of the required 12 hours of course work at the time the application is submitted shall submit documentation that the requirement has been met upon the applicant’s first application for renewal.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Maryland

Maryland Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Maryland.  Please review Maryland’s Department of Health website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Massachusetts

Massachusetts Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Massachusetts.  Please review Massachusetts’ Board of Registration of Social Workers website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Michigan

Michigan Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Michigan.  Please review Michigan’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Minnesota

Minnesota Licensure Information

Advanced Standing Master of Social Work Program – Abilene Christian University’s Advanced Standing Master of Social Work may not meet professional licensure standards for the state of Minnesota. Please carefully review Minnesota’s Board of Social Work website for additional details about obtaining licensure as well as the Minnesota Board of Social Work’s form on certification of clinical clock hours. The Advanced Standing program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.

Regular Master of Social Work Program – Abilene Christian University’s Standard Master of Social Work program meets professional licensure standards for the state of Minnesota and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The state of Minnesota has in place additional requirements to practice. These additional requirements can be obtained through additional workshops or continuing education units, please carefully review Minnesota’s Board of Social Work website for additional details about obtaining licensure as well as the Minnesota Board of Social Work’s form on certification of clinical clock hours.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Mississippi

Mississippi Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Mississippi.  Please review Mississippi’s State Board of Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Missouri

Missouri Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Missouri.  Please review Missouri’s Professional Registration website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/71/2020.


Montana

Montana Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s Master of Social Work meets professional licensure standards to be a Licensed Clinical Social Work Candidate in the state of Montana and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.  Please review Montana’s Board of Behavioral Health website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Nebraska

Nebraska Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Nebraska  Please review Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Nevada

Nevada Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Nevada.  Please review Nevada’s Board of Examiners for Social Workers website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


New Hampshire

New Hampshire Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of New Hampshire.  In New Hampshire there is no licensure for recent MSW graduates, however, MSW graduates can apply for pre-licensure supervised practice as a step towards obtaining a Clinical Social Work license. Please review New Hampshire’s Board of Mental Health Practice website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


New Jersey

New Jersey Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of New Jersey.  Please review New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


New Mexico

New Mexico Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of New Mexico.  Please review New Mexico’s Regulations and Licensing Department website for additional details about obtaining licensure. Please note that applicants must take a  Board approved class on New Mexico Cultures if they obtain their Social Work degree outside of New Mexico. A “Cultural Course Information” website link is located at the top of the website with more information on board approved cultural courses.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


New York

New York Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s Master of Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of New York and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The state of New York has in place additional requirements to practice, including coursework or training on the identification and reporting of child abuse offered by a New York approved provider and two electives that provide clinical content. Additionally, students in the Advanced Standing program may have difficulties meeting New York State semester hour limitations. Please carefully review New York’s Office of the Professions website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


North Carolina

North Carolina Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of North Carolina.  Please review North Carolina’s Social Work Certification and Licensure Board website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


North Dakota

North Dakota Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of North Dakota.  Please review North Dakota’s Board of Social Work Examiners website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Ohio

Ohio Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Ohio.  Please review Ohio’s Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Oklahoma

Oklahoma Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Oklahoma.  Please review Oklahoma’s State Board of Licensed Social Workers website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Oregon

Oregon Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Oregon.  Please review Oregon’s Board of Licensed Social Workers website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Pennsylvania. The state of Pennsylvania has in place additional requirements to practice, including three hours of training approved by the Department of Human Services on child abuse recognition and reporting. Please carefully review Pennsylvania’s Professional Licensing website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Rhode Island.  Please review Rhode Island’s Department of Health website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


South Carolina

South Carolina Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of South Carolina.  Please review South Carolina’s Labor, Licensing and Regulation website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


South Dakota

South Dakota Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of South Dakota.  Please review South Dakota’s Board of Social Worker Examiners website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Tennessee

Tennessee Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Tennessee.  Please review Tennessee’s Department of Health website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Texas

Texas Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Texas.  Please review Texas’ Board of Social Worker Examiners website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Utah

Utah Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Utah.  Please review Utah’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Vermont

Vermont Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Vermont. The state of Vermont has in place additional requirements to practice, including the successful completion of the Vermont Jurisprudence Examination. Please carefully review Vermont’s Secretary of State website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Virginia

Virginia Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Virginia.  Please review Virginia’s Board of Social Work website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Washington

Washington Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Washington. The state of Washington has in place additional requirements to practice, including four hours of HIV/AIDS training. Please carefully review Washington’s State Department of Health website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


West Virginia

West Virginia Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of West Virginia.  Please review West Virginia’s Board of Social Work website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Wisconsin

Wisconsin Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Wisconsin.  Please review Wisconsin’s Department of Safety and Professional Services website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Wyoming

Wyoming Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the state of Wyoming.  Please review Wyoming’s Mental Health Professions Licensing Board website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the territory of Puerto Rico.  Please review Puerto Rico’s Department of State website for additional details about obtaining licensure and note that applicants must be legal residents of Puerto Rico.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


U.S. Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the territory of U.S. Virgin Islands.  Please review the U.S. Virgin Island’s Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


American Samoa

American Samoa Licensure Information

It is currently undetermined if Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets the professional licensure standards for territory of American Samoa. Please review American Samoa’s Human and Social Services website for more information about clinical and social services in American Samoa.

Information last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Guam

Guam Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the territory of Guam.  Please review Guam’s Licensure Flowchart for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands Licensure Information

It is currently undetermined if Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets the professional licensure standards for the territory of Marshall Islands.

Information last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Federated States of Micronesia

Federated States of Micronesia Licensure Information

It is currently undetermined if Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets the professional licensure standards for the territory of the Federated States of Micronesia.

Information last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Northern Mariana Islands

Northern Mariana Islands Licensure Information

Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets professional licensure standards for the territory of the Northern Mariana Islands  Please review the Northern Mariana Islands Board of Professional Licensing website for additional details about obtaining licensure.

Information was last reviewed 10/1/2020.


Palau

Palau Licensure Information

It is currently undetermined if Abilene Christian University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Science in Social Work meets the professional licensure standards for the territory of Palau. Information last reviewed 10/1/2020.