Disclaimer: Due to the rapidly changing nature of social work regulations, for the most up-to-date information on becoming a social worker in Massachusetts, contact the Massachusetts Social Work Licensing Board.
Massachusetts law recognizes four classes of social workers: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Social Worker Assistant (LSWA). The requirements are as follows:
Massachusetts LICSW Education Requirement:Master of Social Work (MSW) or doctoral degree (DSW or PhD) in social work from a CSWE-accredited program
Massachusetts LICSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Clinical Level Examination
Field Requirement: 3,500 hours of post-master's clinical social work experience under the supervision of an LICSW or an individual with equivalent licensure in another state. The 3,500 hours of experience must be accumulated within two years after the applicant obtained his or her MSW and must include 100 hours of face-to-face clinical supervision.
Massachusetts LSW Education Requirement: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited program; applicants may have the degree requirement waived if they complete additional field requirements
Massachusetts LSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Bachelor's Level Examination
Field Requirement: Applicants with unrelated bachelor’s degrees will need 3,500 hours (two years) of supervised practice. Applicants with two-and-one-half years of college experience will need 8,750 hours (five years) of supervised practice. Applicants with two years of college will need 10,500 hours (six years) of supervised practice. Applicants with one year of college will need 14,000 hours (eight years) of supervised practice. Applicants with a high school diploma will need 17,500 (10 years) of supervised practice.
In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in Massachusetts, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in Massachusetts can only be reached after earning a Master of Social Work. We are committed to keeping updated information on Massachusetts social work licensure policies available to you.
Disclaimer: There may be additional methods of certification that have not been covered here. Please contact your state social work licensing department for more information. Last updated 10/01/2015.
Disclaimer: Social Worker Salary information is taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information about social worker salaries in Massachusetts is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 8/22/2018.
Description: The purpose of the State Loan Repayment Program is to assist qualified health care organizations in recruiting or retaining health professionals by funding repayment of educational loans incurred by the health professionals. In return, the health professional makes a commitment to work two years full time or equivalent extended commitment part time at an eligible healthcare organization located in a federally designated Health professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or other Medically Underserved Area. Social workers are eligible for up to $25,000 per year or $50,000 total over two years.
Description: Scholarships are awarded to residents of Western Massachusetts and Hartford County in Connecticut. Awards are made for fall and spring terms only. Arrighi Memorial Scholarship Awards of approximately $2,300. Established for students who are residents of Greenfield for education at the college level, post-graduate level, or any trade or professional school beyond high school.
Description: The Metro West Community Health Care Foundation offers scholarships to students who live or work in the Massachusetts, Metro West area and are enrolled in a nursing, medical, or clinical program.