Social Work Licensure in Maryland

In order to practice social work in Maryland or to refer to oneself as a social worker, an individual must be licensed by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners.

There are two ways to apply for licensure 1) by examination and 2) by endorsement.

*BSW and MSW Official transcripts can be sent electronically to (BSW/MSW programs must be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education​)(No other undergraduate or graduate degrees qualify for social work licensure) ​

There are four license types in Maryland:

  • LBSW- Licensed Bachelor Social Worker – BSW
  • LMSW- Licensed Masters Social Worker – MSW
  • LCSW- Licensed Certified Social Worker – MSW/LMSW
  • *plus at least 2 years of SW experience under the supervision of a LCSW or LCSW-C
  • LCSW-C– Licensed Certified Social Worker–Clinical - MSW/LMSW
  • *plus at least 2 years of clinical SW experience under the supervision of a LCSW-C

To apply online:

​To obtain an update on the status of your Online application: please go to the online application portal: Online Applic​​​​ation

You will need your Application ID which is sent to the email address on the application.​