Professional Licensure Disclosures and Resources

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is committed to providing clear and transparent information to prospective and current students regarding its programs and professional licensure.

Disclosures

Professional licensing standards, and the fields and occupations  regulated by state licensing agencies, vary widely from state to state.  Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is required by federal law to disclose to prospective and current students its determination of whether certain programs meet educational requirements for licensure in a state.  Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is also required to issue professional licensure disclosures for its distance education programs in compliance as a participating member in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA).

Students are reminded that state requirements are frequently subject to change and they are responsible for contacting the appropriate agency or board to confirm requirements and ensure program compatibility prior to beginning any course of study. Only licensing agencies or boards can determine whether a student’s program of study has met requirements. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota cannot guarantee an individual’s attainment of any professional licensure or certification, in any field, in any jurisdiction.

Completing an academic program is typically only one aspect of meeting professional licensure requirements. Many states require that individuals meet additional requirements in order to qualify for licensure, including but not limited to additional coursework and training, supervised clinical experiences, and successful passage of state or national exams. Other licensure requirements may include background checks, years of work experience, fingerprinting requirements, etc. State laws, regulations, and policies governing professional licensure may change at any time.

For some professional fields, states have established structures to allow for “licensure portability”. This refers to the ability of an individual to acquire a license in one state and transfer that license to another state or U.S. jurisdiction. This is also sometimes referred to as “licensure reciprocity”. Some of Saint Mary’s programs, such as its teacher licensure programs, are designed specifically to help students meet educational requirements to qualify to apply for licensure in Minnesota. While these programs are open to all students, including those who may intend to seek employment outside of Minnesota, students are reminded that is their responsibility to check with their state licensing agency to determine all rules and regulations regarding licensure transfers or reciprocity. Students should also remember that moving to another state during the course of their program could impact their ability to meet licensing requirements. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota cannot guarantee attainment of licensure in any jurisdiction.

Programs and Licenses

Information is provided below regarding Saint Mary’s academic programs and professional licensure or certification. This information is reviewed and updated annually and was last revised January 31, 2021. While Saint Mary’s University strives to ensure that the information contained herein is current and accurate, state requirements are subject to change and students are responsible for confirming requirements prior to enrolling in any Saint Mary’s program. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota cannot guarantee an individual’s attainment of any professional licensure or certification, in any field, in any jurisdiction.

Accounting Major, B.A.
Accounting, B.S. (Bachelor Completion)
Accounting, M.S.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota offers undergraduate and graduate programs designed to help prepare students to seek careers in the field of Accounting. Each of these programs allows students to earn credits toward those required to sit for the nationally-recognized Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination, while gaining content knowledge to prepare for the exam and obtaining accounting and business-related credits typically required to become eligible for CPA licensure in must jurisdictions. 

Educational requirements for CPA licensure vary by state and each student’s situation will be different depending on their educational history. Saint Mary’s offers additional coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels to assist students in fulfilling the necessary credits required to sit for the CPA exam and to become eligible for CPA licensure in their jurisdiction.

Saint Mary’s Accounting programs are also designed to provide content knowledge to prepare students for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam. CMA designation is an industry-recognized professional certification, rather than a government-issued license. It is not required by law to have CMA certification in order to work as a public accountant, although some employers may require this industry credential. 

Unless otherwise stated, the following disclosures pertain to initial CPA licensure:

Minnesota: All of Saint Mary’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Accounting can be used to work toward educational requirements for CPA licensure in Minnesota. As needed, students have the option to complete additional coursework offered by the university in order to meet credit hour requirements for MN CPA licensure.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting - This 122-credit program meets educational requirements to sit for the CPA exam in Minnesota. In addition, it provides with the additional 24 semester hours in business-related and upper level accounting coursework required to meet educational requirements for to apply for CPA licensure in Minnesota. Students in this program will need to complete additional coursework in order to reach the 150 semester credit hours required to apply for CPA licensure.
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting - This bachelor completion program meets educational requirements to sit for the CPA exam in Minnesota. In addition, it provides students with the additional 24 semester hours in business-related and upper level accounting coursework required to meet educational requirements for CPA licensure in Minnesota. Students in this program will need to complete additional coursework in order to reach the 150 semester credit hours required to apply for CPA licensure.
  • Master of Science in Accounting - This 30-credit program provides students with the 24 semester hours of intermediate or advanced level accounting courses in financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting required to sit for the CPA exam in Minnesota and to apply toward minimum educational requirements for licensure. Depending on their educational history, students in this program may need to complete additional coursework in order to obtain the 24 business-related credits required for MN CPA licensure.

Other States: Each of Saint Mary’s Accounting programs allows students to earn credits toward those required to sit for the nationally-recognized Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination, while gaining content knowledge to prepare for the exam and obtaining discipline-specific credits (Accounting and Business) toward those typically required to become eligible for CPA licensure in must jurisdictions. The Uniform CPA Exam is required by all fifty states as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands for anyone wishing to become a U.S. Certified Public Accountant.  

All other jurisdictions may have different or additional requirements, including additional education, background checks, experience, and examinations, for CPA licensure. While Saint Mary’s accounting programs are designed to be used by students in any state to work toward the educational requirements for CPA licensure, each student’s situation will be different depending on their educational history and they may need to complete additional coursework in order to meet educational requirements for their state. 

Questions about licensure? 

Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your state to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study. Check requirements regularly as they may change.  Additional information about CPA certification may also be found through organizations such as the National Association of State Boards of Accounting or the American Institute of CPAs.

For questions about any of Saint Mary’s accounting programs and their relationship to professional licensure, please contact the following individuals:

B.A. in Accounting: 
Derek Jackson, M.B.A.
Department Chair
(507) 457-1490
dpjackso@smumn.edu

B.S. in Accounting and M.S. in Accounting:
Melanie Torborg, M.B.A.
Program Director
(612) 238-4525
mtorborg@smumn.edu
 

 

Counseling and Psychological Services, M.A.
Addiction Studies Certificate

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services is designed to prepare students for professional work in counseling, psychotherapy, and other psychological services. The program is designed to meet educational requirements for initial Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licensure as established by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. Please note that a total of 60 graduate level credits is required by the end of the first four years of licensure. These additional 12 graduate-level credits can be taken at Saint Mary's pre or post degree.

Saint Mary’s Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies is designed to prepare students to recognize and treat individuals with chemical and co-occurring concerns. The program is designed to meet educational requirements for Licensed Alcohol and Drug counselor (LADC) as established by the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

Saint Mary's also offers a dual program track in Counseling and Psychological Services and Addiction Studies, designed to prepare students to work in the field of mental health counseling as well as alcohol and drug treatment. This program is designed to meet educational requirements for LADC, LPC, and LPCC licensure as established by the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

Unless otherwise stated, the following disclosures pertain to initial licensure:

Minnesota: Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has determined that its counseling programs meet educational requirements for licensure in Minnesota:

  • M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services - LPC licensure
  • M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services - LPCC licensure
  • Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies  - LADC licensure
  • Dual program in M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies - LADC, LPC, and LPCC licensure

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  Graduation from an institution accredited by a CHEA-recognized body is required to meet educational requirements for licensure in Minnesota.

The MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy does not approve individual counseling programs as meeting educational requirements for licensure.

Other States and U.S. Territories: Saint Mary’s University has not made a determination that its M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services or its Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies meet educational requirements in any state or U.S. territory outside of Minnesota.

Questions about licensure? 

Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your state to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study.  Check requirements regularly as they may change.  Additional information about counseling licensure may also be found through organizations such as the American Counseling Association and the National Board for Certified Counselors.

For questions about Saint Mary’s counseling programs and their relationship to professional licensure, please contact the following individuals:

M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services
Robin Wisniewski, Psy.D., L.P.
Program Director/Associate Professor
507-457-8607
rwisniew@smumn.edu

Mary Louise Wise, Ph.D., L.P.
Associate Program Director/Practicum Coordinator, Professor
612-728-5104
mlwise@smumn.edu

Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies
Dual program in Counseling and Psychological Services, and Addiction Studies Graduate Certificate, M.A.
John L. Jankord, MA, LMFT, LADC, LPCC
Program Director / Assistant Professor
612-532-7779
jjankord@smumn.edu

Counseling and Psychological Services, M.A.
Addiction Studies Certificate

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services is designed to prepare students for professional work in counseling, psychotherapy, and other psychological services. The program is designed to meet educational requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and, with additional coursework, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licensure as established by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

Saint Mary’s Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies is designed to prepare students to recognize and treat individuals with chemical and co-occurring concerns. The program is designed to meet educational requirements for Licensed Alcohol and Drug counselor (LADC) as established by the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

Saint Mary's also offers a dual program track in Counseling and Psychological Services and Addiction Studies, designed to prepare students to work in the field of mental health counseling as well as alcohol and drug treatment.  This program is designed to meet educational requirements for LADC, LPC, and LPCC licensure as established by the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

Unless otherwise stated, the following disclosures pertain to initial licensure:

Minnesota: Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has determined that:

  • M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services - LPC licensure
  • M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services - LPCC licensure, with additional coursework)
  • Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies  - LADC licensure
  • Dual program in M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies - LADC, LPC, and LPCC licensure

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  Graduation from an institution accredited by a CHEA-recognized body is required to meet educational requirements for licensure in Minnesota.  

The MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy does not approve individual counseling programs as meeting educational requirements for licensure. 

Other States and U.S. Territories: Saint Mary’s University has not made a determination that its M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services or its Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies meets educational requirements in any state or U.S. territory outside of Minnesota.

Questions about licensure? 

Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your state to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study.  Check requirements regularly as they may change.  Additional information about counseling licensure may also be found through organizations such as the American Counseling Association and the National Board for Certified Counselors.

For questions about Saint Mary’s counseling programs and their relationship to professional licensure, please contact the following individuals:

M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services
Robin Wisniewski, Psy.D., L.P.
Program Director/Associate Professor
507-457-8607
rwisniew@smumn.edu

Mary Louise Wise, Ph.D., L.P.
Associate Program Director/Practicum Coordinator, Professor
612-728-5104
mlwise@smumn.edu

Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies
Dual program in Counseling and Psychological Services, and Addiction Studies Graduate Certificate, M.A.
John L. Jankord, MA, LMFT, LADC, LPCC
Program Director / Assistant Professor
612-532-7779
jjankord@smumn.edu

Police Science, B.S.
Criminal Justice Major: Corrections Track, B.A.
Criminal Justice Major: Law Enforcement Track, B.A.

Saint Mary’s Bachelor of Science completion program in Police Science is not designed or intended to meet educational requirements for law enforcement licensure in any jurisdiction.  This program is designed to provide police officers and other working professionals the opportunity to develop management, leadership, and communication skills and law enforcement tools necessary to continue their personal and professional development and respond to societal needs. 

Saint Mary’s Bachelor of Arts major in Criminal Justice and Corrections is not designed or intended to meet educational requirements for law enforcement licensure in any jurisdiction.  This program is designed to prepare students for careers in juvenile or adult corrections and associated fields within various correctional settings.

Saint Mary’s Bachelor of Arts major in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement is designed to prepare students to serve in local, state, or federal law enforcement such as city policing, state highway patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other related professions. This program is certified by the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST), as a Provider of Peace Officer Education program.  Graduates of this program are eligible to take to take the MN Peace Officer Standards and Training Licensure Exam and, upon successful passage of the exam, obtain POST licensure in Minnesota.

Unless otherwise stated, the following disclosures pertain to initial licensure:

Minnesota: Saint Mary’s Bachelor of Arts major in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement meets educational requirements for licensure as a Peace Officer in Minnesota. This program is certified by the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST) as a Provider of Peace Officer Education program. 

Other States: At this time, Saint Mary’s is unable to determine whether its Bachelor of Arts major in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement will meet educational requirements for law enforcement licensure in any jurisdiction outside of Minnesota. 

Questions about licensure? 

Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your state to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study. Check requirements regularly as they may change. 

For questions about Saint Mary’s B.A. in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement major and its relationship to professional licensure, please contact:

Tricia Klosky, Ph.D.
Criminal Justice Coordinator
507-457-6677
tklosky@smumn.edu

Elementary Education Major (K-6), B.A,
Elementary Education Major: Communication Arts and Literature Endorsement for Grades 5–8, B.A
Elementary Education Major: General Science Endorsement for Grades 5–8, B.A
Elementary Education Major: Mathematics Endorsement for Grades 5–8, B.A
Elementary Education Major: Social Studies Endorsement for Grades 5–8, B.A
Elementary Education Major: World Language and Culture: Spanish Endorsement for Grades K–8, B.A

Secondary Education Major, Grades 5–12 & K–12, B.A.
Music Education Major: Classroom & Vocal Track, B.A.
Music Education Major: Classroom and Instrumental Track, B.A.

Saint Mary’s Bachelor of Arts majors in Elementary Education are designed to prepare students to seek elementary teaching licensure in the state of Minnesota. In addition to an elementary license, majors may choose to complete a subject area specialization (also referred to as an endorsement) in Communication Arts and Literature, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, or Spanish.

Saint Mary’s Bachelor of Arts majors in Secondary Education are designed to prepare students to seek secondary teaching licensure in the state of Minnesota. Students completing a secondary education major are prepared to seek licensure in grades 5–12 in an academic discipline, in grades K–12 in music (instrumental and vocal – see below), or world languages.

Saint Mary’s Bachelor of Arts majors in Music Education are designed to prepare students to seek licensure in K-12 classroom music education and either vocal or instrumental music areas in the state of Minnesota.

  • Minnesota: Saint Mary’s undergraduate elementary, secondary education, and music education majors are approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) of the Minnesota Department of Education and meet educational requirements for licensure in the state.
  • Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin: As of January 2020, Saint Mary’s has determined that its elementary, secondary education, and music education majors meet educational requirements for licensure in the following states: Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota. This determination is based on the experiences of Saint Mary’s students from these states and the university’s ongoing assessment of requirements. Prospective students from these states should be aware that Saint Mary’s elementary and secondary education programs are designed to prepare them to first obtain Minnesota licensure, which may then be transferred to their state. However, state requirements for teaching licensure change frequently and students are reminded that they should always verify state requirements prior to enrolling in these programs. Saint Mary’s cannot guarantee the successful transfer of a MN teaching license to other jurisdictions.
  • Other jurisdictions: At this time, Saint Mary’s is unable to verify whether its elementary, secondary education, and music education majors will meet educational requirements for licensure in all other jurisdictions. While faculty will work with all students to assist in determining requirements for transferring a license to another jurisdiction, the university cannot guarantee the successful transfer of a MN teaching license to other jurisdictions.

English as a Second Language, M.A.

Saint Mary’s Master of Arts in English as a Second Language program is designed to prepare students for K-12 ESL teacher licensure in Minnesota. Program options are available for currently licensed teachers seeking Minnesota English as a Second Language as an additional licensure, and for students without teaching credentials to prepare for initial teacher license while also preparing for Minnesota English as a Second Language licensure.

  • Minnesota: Saint Mary’s Master of Arts in English as a Second Language program meets educational requirements for K-12 ESL teacher licensure in Minnesota. This program is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board of the Minnesota Department of Education.
  • Other jurisdictions: At this time, Saint Mary’s is unable to verify whether its ESL program will meet educational requirements for licensure in jurisdictions outside of Minnesota. While faculty will work with all students to assist in determining requirements for transferring a license to another jurisdiction, the university cannot guarantee the successful transfer of a MN teaching license to other jurisdictions.

Special Education, M.A.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Master of Arts in Special Education program includes program pathways designed to prepare students for Special Education licensure in Minnesota. Program options are available for currently licensed teachers seeking additional licensure and for students seeking initial teacher license. Licensure areas offered include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Behavior Disorders, and Learning Disabilities.

  • Minnesota: Saint Mary’s Master of Arts in Special Education Program meets educational requirements for teacher licensure in Minnesota. This program is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board of the Minnesota Department of Education.
  • Other jurisdictions: Saint Mary’s M.A. in Special Education program does not meet educational requirements for teacher licensure in other jurisdictions. This program is not designed or intended to prepare students to seek teacher licensure in any jurisdiction outside of Minnesota.

Teaching, M.A. K-12

Saint Mary’s Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed to prepare students who have completed a bachelor’s degree to seek a teaching license. Students are asked to demonstrate preparation in a specialty, or content area, which is determined by undergraduate coursework. Specialty areas include Communication Arts and Literature, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science (Life, Physical, Chemistry), Music (Vocal, Instrumental), Visual Arts or World Languages and Cultures (Spanish).

  • Minnesota: The M.A. in Teaching program is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) of the Minnesota Department of Education and meets educational requirements for Elementary Education (K–6) with a Middle School (5–8) Endorsement; Secondary Education (5–12); and Specialty Subject Areas (K–12) licensure in Minnesota.
  • Other jurisdictions: At this time, Saint Mary’s is unable to verify whether its M.A. in Teaching program will meet educational requirements for licensure in jurisdictions outside of Minnesota. While this program is open to non-Minnesota residents, it is intended to prepare students to obtain Minnesota licensure. While faculty will work with all students to assist in determining requirements for transferring a Minnesota teaching license to another jurisdiction, Saint Mary’s cannot guarantee the successful transfer of a MN teaching license to other jurisdictions.

Reading Teacher Certificate

Saint Mary’s K-12 Reading Teacher certificate program is a 17-credit graduate certificate designed to prepare licensed educators for a K-12 Reading license in Minnesota or a 316 Reading Teacher license in Wisconsin.

  • Minnesota: Saint Mary’s K-12 Reading Teacher program meets educational requirements for K-12 Reading licensure in Minnesota upon the successful completion of coursework and passing scores on Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination (MTLE) Reading Subtests. This program is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board of the Minnesota Department of Education.
  • Wisconsin: Saint Mary’s K-12 Reading Teacher program meets educational requirements for 316 Reading Teacher licensure in Wisconsin upon the successful completion of coursework and passing scores on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading test.
  • Other jurisdictions: At this time, Saint Mary’s is unable to verify whether its K-12 Reading Teacher program will meet educational requirements for reading teacher licensure in any jurisdiction outside of Minnesota or Wisconsin.

Questions about licensure?

Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your state to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study.  Check requirements regularly as they may change.  Additional information about K-12 teaching certification may also be found through organizations such as the National Association of State Boards of Education and Teach.org.

For questions about any of Saint Mary’s K-12 teaching programs and their relationship to professional licensure, please contact the following individuals:

B.A. in Elementary Education Major (K-6), B.A. in Elementary Education Major: Communication Arts and Literature Endorsement for Grades 5-8; B.A. in Elementary Education Major: General Science Endorsement for Grades 5-8; B.A. in Elementary Education Major: Mathematics Endorsement for Grades 5-8; B.A. in Elementary Education Major: Social Studies Endorsement for Grades 5-8; B.A. in Elementary Education Major: World Language and Culture: Spanish Endorsement for Grades K-8; B.A. in Secondary Education Major, Grades 5-12 & K-12; B.A. in Music Education Major: Classroom & Vocal Track; and B.A. in Music Education Major: Classroom and Instrumental Track:

Dr. Karen Sorvaag
Department Chair
507-457-6638
ksorvaag@smumn.edu

M.A. in English as a Second Language:
Dr. Shannon Tanghe
Program Director
612-728-5186
stanghe@smumn.edu

M.A. in Special Education:
Dr. Lela Olson
Program Director
612-728-5116
lmolson@smumn.edu

M.A. in Teaching:
Elizabeth Janey
Program Director
612-238-4511
ejaney@smumn.edu

M.A. in Teaching – Winona Program
Reading Certificate:
Katie Hubbard
Program Director
507-457-8731
khubbard@smumn.edu

Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration – Director of Special Education
Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration – Principal
Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration – Superintendent
Ed.S. in Educational Administration

Saint Mary’s K-12 Principal Graduate Certificate program is designed to prepare students to seek principal licensure in Minnesota.

Saint Mary’s Director of Special Education Graduate Certificate program is designed to prepare students to seek licensure as a director of special education in Minnesota.

Saint Mary’s Superintendent Graduate Certificate program is designed to prepare post-master’s students to seek the K-12 Superintendent license in Minnesota. Potential students must possess a master's degree in an education-related field, have completed principal or director of special education licensure (in most cases), and have experience in educational leadership.

Saint Mary’s Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Educational Administration program is designed for post-master’s students to develop school administrative leadership and management skills and research techniques. This program is designed to meet educational requirements for elementary and secondary principal, superintendent, or special education director licensure in Minnesota.

  • Minnesota: Saint Mary’s K-12 Principal, Superintendent, and Director of Special Education licensure preparation programs, whether taken as graduate certificates or as part of the Ed.S. in Educational Administration, meet educational requirements for educational administration licensure in Minnesota. These programs are authorized by the Board of School Administrators (BOSA) of the Minnesota Department of Education.
  • Other jurisdictions: Saint Mary’s has not determined whether its K-12 Principal, Director of Special Education, and Superintendent licensure preparation programs meet educational requirements for educational administration licensure in jurisdictions outside of Minnesota.

M.A. in Educational Leadership - Not a licensure track program

Saint Mary’s Master of Arts in Educational Leadership is a non-licensure program designed to prepare educational professionals to become effective leaders and administrators in organizational training and development, higher education, and/or K-12 education. While completion of a master’s degree in a relevant discipline can play an important part of a student’s pathway to professional licensure, Saint Mary’s M.A. in Educational Leadership program is not designed or intended to prepare students for teaching or K-12 administrative licensure and does not meet educational requirements for licensure in any jurisdiction.

M.A. in Education – Custom Specialization for Wisconsin Students

Saint Mary’s M.A. in Education – Custom Specialization for eduCATE-WI Students is offered in partnership with eduCATE-WI to allow Wisconsin residents to apply licensure pathway credits toward a master’s degree. Completion of Saint Mary’s M.A. in Education program, in conjunction with the licensure coursework provided by eduCATE-WI, allows students to meet educational requirements for Principal, Director of Instruction, School Business Administrator, and Director of Special Education and Pupil Services licensure in the state of Wisconsin.

EduCATE-WI is a private, nonprofit organization that offers coursework for alternate pathways to teacher and administrative licensure in Wisconsin. Licensure pathways of EduCATE-WI are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

  • Minnesota: Saint Mary’s M.A. in Education – Custom Specialization for eduCATE-WI Students meets educational requirements for Principal, Director of Instruction, School Business Administrator, and Director of Special Education and Pupil Services licensure in the state of Wisconsin.
  • Other jurisdictions: Saint Mary’s M.A. in Education – Custom Specialization for eduCATE-WI Students does not meet educational requirements for K-12 Administrative Licensure in any other jurisdiction.

Questions about licensure? Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your state to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study. Check requirements regularly as they may change. Additional information about K-12 administration certification may also be found through organizations such as the National Association of State Boards of Education and Teach.org.

For questions about any of Saint Mary’s K-12 administration programs and their relationship to professional licensure, please contact the following individuals:

Ed.S. in Educational Administration, Educational Administration – Director of Special Education Certificate, Educational Administration – Principal Certificate, and Educational Administration – Superintendent Certificate
M.A. in Educational Leadership
M.A. in Education – Customized option for WI students:

Craig Sundberg
Program Director

612-728-5143
cbsund07@smumn.edu

Carl I. Wahlstrom, Ed.D
Associate Director – EDS in Educational Administration
Graduate School of Education

Office: 612-238-4539
cwahlstr@smumn.edu

Health and Human Services Administration, M.A.

The M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration program is designed to prepare graduates for leadership positions in a variety of healthcare or human service settings.  Students who complete the appropriate pathway and meet other requirements may use this program to seek Nursing Home Administrator licensure in Minnesota, only.  This program is not intended or designed to meet educational requirements for long term care administration licensure in other jurisdictions. This program does not offer practicum credits for non-Minnesota students to complete hours for long term care or health facility licensure.

Minnesota:  Saint Mary’s M.A. in Health and Human Services program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (MN BENHA) as meeting education requirements for Nursing Home Administrator licensure in the State of Minnesota.  The program is designed to prepare students to take the Minnesota Nursing Home Administrators licensing exam. Students who wish to pursue licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in Minnesota must complete the appropriate program pathway, meet the state’s practicum requirements, and pass state and national exams.

Other States and U.S. territories: Saint Mary’s M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration program is not designed or intended to meet educational requirements for nursing home or long-term care administrator licensure outside of Minnesota. Saint Mary’s is unable to verify whether this program will meet or partially educational requirements for licensure in any other jurisdiction.

Questions about Licensure?

Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your state to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study.  Check requirements regularly as they may change.  Additional information about Long Term or Nursing Home Administrator licensure may also be found through organizations such as the National Association of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators Board (NAB).

For questions about any of Saint Mary’s M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration and its relationship to professional licensure, please contact:

Amy Heinz, M.A.
Program Director
612-238-4549
aheinz@smumn.edu

Marriage and Family Therapy, M.A.

Saint Mary’s accredited Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program prepares graduates for professional work in human services. This program is designed to meet educational requirements for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) licensure as established by the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.

The Marriage and Family Therapy program at Saint Mary's is accredited with the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Unless otherwise specified, the following disclosures pertain to initial licensure only:

Minnesota:  Saint Mary’s M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program meets educational requirements for LMFT licensure in Minnesota. The MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy states that COAMFTE-accredited programs meet educational requirements for licensure in Minnesota. Candidates must also pass national and state examinations and complete a post-graduate supervised experience in the practice of MFT under the supervision of a Board-approved LMFT supervisor. 

Other jurisdictions: Saint Mary’s is unable to verify whether its M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program will meet educational requirements for LMFT licensure in any jurisdiction outside of Minnesota. While graduation from a COAMFTE-accredited program may assist with licensure eligibility in some states, requirements vary widely and students should check with the appropriate licensing agency in their jurisdiction to determine licensure requirements. 

Questions about licensure?

Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your state to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study.  Check requirements regularly as they may change.  Additional information about marriage and family therapy licensure may also be found through organizations such as the Association of Marital & Family Therapy Regulatory Boards and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

For questions about Saint Mary’s Marriage and Family Therapy program and its relationship to professional licensure, please contact:

Samantha Zaid, Ph.D. LMFT
Program Director
612-728-5140
szaid@smumn.edu

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN)
M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia

Saint Mary’s accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing bachelor completion program is designed to prepare Registered Nurses for professional nursing practice and graduate study.  While a BSN degree is typically required for advanced practice nursing licensure, this program is not designed or intended to meet any educational requirements for post-bachelor nursing licenses or certifications in any jurisdiction.  

Saint Mary’s accredited M.S in Nurse Anesthesia program is designed to prepare qualified Registered Nurses to pursue certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).  Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Certification Examination administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.  Successful completion of the examination entitles the graduate to be known as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.  

Minnesota - The M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia program meets educational requirements for eligibility to sit for the NBCRNA’s National Certification Examination to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. CRNAs in Minnesota are required to be licensed by the Minnesota Board of Nursing as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in order to practice. The Minnesota Board of Nursing has approved the M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia program for the purpose of meeting the educational requirements for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse.

Other States and U.S. Territories – Saint Mary’s is unable to verify whether its M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia program will meet educational requirements for CRNA certification or APRN licensure in any jurisdiction outside of Minnesota.  

While graduates of the M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia program are eligible to sit for the NBCRNA’s National Certification Examination, students should check with their state board to verify recognition of the NCE as a CRNA certifying body and any other requirements for their state.  The majority of states also require CRNAs to obtain APRN licensure from their state board in order to practice.

Questions about licensure?

Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your state to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study.  Check requirements regularly as they may change.  Additional information about nursing-related licensure may also be found through organizations such as the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

For questions about any of Saint Mary’s Nursing programs and their relationship to professional licensure, please contact:

B.S. in Nursing:
Thomas Stinson, EdD, RN, PHN, LSN
Program Director
612-238-4577
tstinson@smumn.edu

M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia:
Leah Gordon, D.N.P.
Program Director
612-728-5151
lgordon@smumn.edu

Counseling Psychology, Psy.D.

Saint Mary’s accredited Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.) program trains students in the provision of health service psychology.  The program is designed to prepare students to seek licensure as a psychologist in the state of Minnesota.  The Psy.D. program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). 

Unless otherwise specified, the following disclosures apply to initial licensure only:

Minnesota:  As an APA-accredited program, Saint Mary’s Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology program meets educational requirements for psychologist licensure in Minnesota as established by the MN Board of Psychology.  Eligibility for psychologist licensure in MN requires completion of a doctoral degree, passage of the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) Part 1, one year of supervised practice, and passage of the Minnesota Professional Responsibility Exam. 

Other Jurisdictions: At this time, Saint Mary’s is unable to determine whether its Psy.D. program meets educational requirements for psychology licensure in any jurisdiction outside of Minnesota. While graduation from an APA accredited program is required in several states to be eligible for licensure, state requirements vary widely.  

Questions about licensure? 

Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your state to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study. Check requirements regularly as they may change.  Additional information about psychology licensure may also be found through organizations such as the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, and the American Psychological Association.

For questions about Saint Mary’s Psy.D. program and its relationship to professional licensure, please contact:

Ashley Sovereign, Psy.D.
Program Director
612-238-4557
asoverei@smumn.edu

Social Work, B.A.
Social Work, B.S.
Social Work, MSW

Eligibility for social work licensure in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories requires graduation from a Council for Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited program. Applicants for social work licensure must also meet additional requirements, including but not limited to specific coursework*, additional training, completion of supervised clinical experiences, and passage of national exams. Only state social work boards can determine whether an applicant has met licensure requirements. Saint Mary’s cannot guarantee an individual’s attainment of social work licensure in any jurisdiction.  See below for specific information about CSWE accreditation and Saint Mary’s social work programs.

 

B.A. in Social Work and B.S. in Social Work

 

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will begin offering a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Bachelor of Science in Social Work in Fall 2022. These programs will be designed to prepare students to pursue social work careers. 

Saint Mary’s plans to pursue CSWE accreditation for these programs. However, at this time neither the B.A.S.W nor the B.S.S.W program are accredited by CSWE. As such, Saint Mary’s is unable to verify whether its bachelor’s programs in Social Work will meet educational requirements for social work licensure in any state or U.S. territory at this time. 

Master of Social Work

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program is designed to prepare students to pursue careers as licensed social workers in clinical practice. The program has been designed to meet the standards set by the Council on Social Work Education and covers curricula to prepare students to take the Association of Social Work Boards’ Masters-level exam.

Saint Mary’s Master of Social Work program has achieved Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation. Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, but has not yet demonstrated full compliance. Candidacy is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation.  Saint Mary's Master of Social Work program is scheduled to have its final benchmark site visit in October 2021, and accreditation will be voted on by the Commission on Accreditation in February 2022.

 

Licensure Disclosures

Saint Mary’s is required by federal law and NC-SARA to disclose to students its determination of whether the MSW program meets educational requirements for licensure in their jurisdiction. These disclosures are below, listed alphabetically by jurisdiction.

 

As it is not yet accredited by CSWE, Saint Mary’s MSW program at this time does not fully meet educational requirements for social work licensure in most jurisdictions. However, social work licensure eligibility for graduates of CSWE-candidate programs varies widely.  Many states allow graduates of candidacy-status programs to begin the application process or to apply for a temporary license, and will allow them to apply for full licensure when the program is fully accredited. Students in these states may enroll in and graduate from the MSW program while it is in CSWE-candidacy status and still be eligible to apply for social work licensure. 

 

In other states, the MSW program must be fully accredited by the time a student graduates in order to ensure eligibility for social work licensure. Students enrolling in the MSW program from one of these states are not barred from applying for licensure; however, they will need to graduate after CSWE accreditation is granted. Some jurisdictions may allow graduates from CSWE-candidacy programs to request a waiver to this eligibility requirement, but this occurs only on a case-by-case basis and does not guarantee eligibility.

 

Saint Mary’s strongly advises students to consult with their state board of social work to confirm their eligibility for licensure. Please remember that applicants for social work licensure must also always meet additional requirements, including but not limited to criminal background checks, specific coursework and training, completion of supervised clinical experiences, and passage of national exams.  Please note that in many states, students may be required to demonstrate completion of specific coursework (typically through MSW program electives) or complete postgraduate training in order to meet licensure requirements even if a program is fully accredited by CSWE. Where known, these requirements are indicated for each state below. 

 

State Disclosures:

Alabama (AL) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Alabama.  Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in Alabama.

 

Alaska (AK) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Alaska.  Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Alaska.

 

American Samoa -  Saint Mary’s is unable to determine whether its program meets educational requirements for licensure in American Samoa.  Saint Mary’s was unable to locate evidence of a master’s level social work license for students who wish to practice social work in American Samoa.

 

Arizona (AZ)While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Arizona. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Arizona.

 

Arkansas (AR) - While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Arkansas. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Arkansas.

 

California (CA) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in California. Graduates from candidacy programs must first register as an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) and cannot take the clinical examination until full CSWE accreditation is attained.  Additional postgraduate training is required to meet requirements for Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in California.  Students with out-of-state degrees must also meet additional postgraduate training requirements.

 

Colorado (CO) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Colorado.  Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Colorado.

 

Connecticut (CT) - While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Connecticut. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Connecticut.

 

Delaware (DE) - While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Delaware.  Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Delaware.

 

District of Columbia (D.C.) - While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in the District of Columbia. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) and Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) licensure in the District of Columbia.  Applicants for Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) may need to demonstrate completion of specific coursework* to meet requirements for licensure.

 

Florida (FL) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Florida.  Applicants for Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern licensure may need to demonstrate completion of specific coursework* to meet requirements. Additional postgraduate training is required to meet requirements for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure.

 

Georgia (GA) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Georgia.  Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Georgia.

 

Guam - While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Guam. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Guam.

 

Hawaii (HI) - While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Hawaii. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Hawaii.

 

Idaho (ID) - While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Idaho. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Idaho.

 

Illinois (IL) - While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Illinois. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Illinois.

 

Indiana (IN) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Indiana.  Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) licensure.  At this time, Saint Mary’s is working to determine whether its MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Indiana. 

 

Iowa (IA) –  While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Iowa. Students may request a waiver to this requirement; this process is not guaranteed to ensure eligibility.  Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) licensure in Iowa.

 

Kansas (KS)While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Kansas. Students may request a waiver to this requirement; this process is not guaranteed to ensure eligibility. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Kansas.  At this time, Saint Mary’s is working to determine whether its MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW) licensure in Kansas.

 

Kentucky (KY) - While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Kentucky. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Certified Social Worker (CSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Kentucky.

 

Louisiana (LA) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Louisiana. Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Louisiana.

 

Maine (ME)While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Maine.  Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) - Conditional Clinical; and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Maine.  Applicants will need to demonstrate completion of specific coursework* to meet requirements for LMSW Conditional Clinical and LCSW licensure.  Additional postgraduate training is required to meet requirements for all license levels.

 

Maryland (MD) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Maryland.  Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Maryland.  Applicants for Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical (LCSW-C) licensure may need to demonstrate completion of specific coursework* to meet requirements.

 

Massachusetts (MA)While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Massachusetts. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Independent Certified Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in Massachusetts.

 

Michigan (MI)While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Michigan. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Limited Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) and Full Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) licensure; applicants may need to demonstrate completion of specific coursework* to meet requirements. Additional postgraduate training is required to meet requirements for licensure in Michigan.

 

Minnesota (MN) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Minnesota. Graduates of candidate programs may apply for a temporary license to practice social work while the program is in candidacy status. Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW), Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW), and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in Minnesota. 

 

Mississippi (MS)While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Mississippi.  Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Mississippi.

 

Missouri (MO)While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Missouri. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Advanced Macro Social Worker, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Missouri.

 

Montana (MT)While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Montana. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master's Social Worker Candidate (non-clinical), Licensed Master (non-clinical) Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker Candidate, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Montana.

 

Nebraska (NE)While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Nebraska. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Provisional Certified Master Social Worker (PCMSW), Certified Social Worker (CSW)/Certified Master Social Worker (CMSW), and Licensed Mental Health Practitioner* licensure in Nebraska.

*If requesting CMSW and will be providing mental health services, must also be applying for or have a LMHP or Independent MHP license in Nebraska)

 

Nevada (NV) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Nevada.  Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)licensure in Nevada.

 

New Hampshire (NH)While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in New Hampshire.  Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in New Hampshire; applicants may need to demonstrate completion of specific coursework* to meet requirements.

 

New Jersey (NJ) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in New Jersey.  Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in New Jersey.  Applicants for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure may need to demonstrate completion of specific coursework* to meet requirements.

 

New Mexico (NM) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in New Mexico. Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in New Mexico.

 

New York (NY) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in New York.  At this time, Saint Mary’s has determined that its MSW program meets coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW); applicants may need to demonstrate completion of specific coursework* to meet requirements. Applicants from candidate programs will be subject to curricular and programmatic review to demonstrate that coursework and practicum experiences fulfill all state requirements.  Additional postgraduate training is required to meet licensure requirements. 

 

North Carolina (NC) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in North Carolina.  Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Certified Master Social Worker (CMSW), Certified Social Work Manager (CSWM), Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSWA), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in North Carolina.

 

North Dakota (ND) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in North Dakota.  Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in North Dakota.

 

Northern Mariana Islands - While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in the Northern Mariana Islands. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in the Northern Mariana Islands.

 

Ohio (OH) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Ohio. Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) licensure in Ohio.

 

Oklahoma (OK) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Oklahoma.  Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Social Worker (LSW), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Oklahoma.

 

Oregon (OR) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Oregon.  Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Clinical Social Worker Associate (CSWA), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Oregon. 

 

Pennsylvania (PA) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Pennsylvania; however, graduates from candidacy programs may apply for licensure only after the program has been granted full accreditation.  Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Pennsylvania.

 

Puerto RicoWhile students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Puerto Rico. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Permanent License Social Work Professional licensure in Puerto Rico.

 

Rhode Island (RI)While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Rhode Island. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Rhode Island.

 

South Carolina (SC)While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in South Carolina. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Master Level Social Worker (LMSW),  Licensed Independent Social Worker - Advanced Practice (LISW-AP), and Licensed Independent Social Worker-Clinical Practice (LISW-CP).  Additional postgraduate training is required to meet Licensed Independent Social Worker - Clinical Practice (LISW-CP) licensure.

 

South Dakota (SD) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in South Dakota.  Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Certified Social Worker (CSW), Certified Social Worker in Private, Independent Practice (CSW-PIP) licensure in South Dakota.

 

Tennessee (TN) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Tennessee.  Applicants from programs in candidacy must apply for a temporary license to practice as a Licensed Master Social Worker or prior to beginning supervised experiences required to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker.  Temporary-license holders are required to apply for a full license within 60 days of CSWE accreditation being granted to the program. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker (LAPSW), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Tennessee.

 

Texas (TX) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Texas. Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Texas.

 

U.S. Virgin IslandsWhile students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Certified Social Worker (CSW) and Certified Independent Social Worker (CISW) in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

Utah (UT) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Utah.  Saint Mary’s MSW program currently fully meets educational requirements for Social Service Worker 1 licensure in Utah (this license level does not require completion of a CSWE-accredited program).  Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Certified Social Worker Intern, Certified Social Worker (CSW), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Utah. 

 

Vermont (VT)While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Vermont. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in Vermont.

 

Virginia (VA)While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Virginia.  Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master's Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Work licensure in Virginia.  

 

Washington (WA)While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Washington. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Associate Advanced Social Worker (LSWAA), Licensed Advanced Social Worker (LASW), Associate Independent Clinical Social Worker (LSWAIC), and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in Washington.

 

West Virginia (WV)While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in West Virginia. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW), Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in West Virginia.  

 

Wisconsin (WI) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Wisconsin.  Saint Mary’s MSW program meets coursework requirements for Advanced Practice Social Worker (APSW) and Independent Social Worker (ISW) licensure in Wisconsin.  Applicants for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure may need to demonstrate completion of specific coursework* to meet requirements.

 

Wyoming (WY)While students may begin Saint Mary’s MSW program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure in Wyoming. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Provisional Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Wyoming.

 

*Required coursework may be met by MSW program electives.

 

Questions about licensure?

Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your state to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study. Check requirements regularly as they may change.  Additional information about social work licensure may also be found through resources such as the Association of Social Work Boards.

For questions about Saint Mary’s social work programs and professional licensure, please contact the appropriate program director, below, or licensure@smumn.edu:

Mallory Knipe, D.S.W., L.I.S.W.

Interim Program Director & Associate Professor, Master of Social Work Program

612-728-5204

mknipe@smumn.edu

 

Social Work, B.A
Social Work, B.S.
Social Work, MSW

Eligibility for social work licensure in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories requires graduation from a Council for Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited program. Applicants for social work licensure must also meet additional requirements, including but not limited to additional coursework, additional training, completion of supervised clinical experiences, and passage of national exams. Only state social work boards can determine whether an applicant has met licensure requirements. Saint Mary’s cannot guarantee an individual’s attainment of social work licensure in any jurisdiction. See below for specific information about CSWE accreditation and Saint Mary’s social work programs.

B.A. in Social Work and B.S. in Social Work

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will begin offering a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Bachelor of Science in Social Work in Fall 2022. These programs will be designed to prepare students to pursue social work careers.

Saint Mary’s plans to pursue CSWE accreditation for these programs. However, at this time neither the B.A.S.W nor the B.S.S.W program are accredited by CSWE. As such, Saint Mary’s is unable to verify whether its bachelor’s programs in Social Work will meet educational requirements for social work licensure in any state or U.S. territory at this time.

Master of Social Work

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program is designed to prepare students to pursue careers as licensed social workers in clinical practice. The program has been designed to meet the standards set by the Council on Social Work Education and covers curricula to prepare students to take the Association of Social Work Boards’ Masters-level exam.

Saint Mary’s Master of Social Work program has achieved Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, but has not yet demonstrated full compliance. Candidacy is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation.

Licensure Disclosures
Saint Mary’s is required by federal law and NC-SARA to disclose to students its determination of whether the MSW program meets educational requirements for licensure in their jurisdiction. These disclosures are below, listed alphabetically by jurisdiction.

As it is not yet accredited by CSWE, Saint Mary’s MSW program at this time does not fully meet educational requirements for any level of social work licensure in almost every state. However, social work licensure eligibility for graduates of CSWE-candidate programs varies widely. Many states allow graduates of candidacy-status programs to begin the application process or to apply for a temporary license, and will allow them to apply for full licensure when the program is fully accredited. Students in these states may enroll in and graduate from the MSW program while it is in CSWE-candidacy status and still be eligible to apply for social work licensure.

In other states, graduates of candidate programs are ineligible for licensure. The MSW program must be fully accredited by the time students from these states graduate in order to ensure eligibility for social work licensure. Students enrolling in the MSW program from one of these states are not automatically barred from applying for licensure. They will however need to graduate after accreditation is granted to seek licensure. Some jurisdictions may allow graduates from CSWE-candidacy programs to request a waiver to this eligibility requirement but this occurs only on a case-by-case basis.

Saint Mary’s strongly advises students to consult with their state board of social work to confirm their eligibility for licensure. Please remember that applicants for social work licensure must also always meet additional requirements, including but not limited to additional coursework, additional training, completion of supervised clinical experiences, and passage of national exams. Please note that in many states, additional coursework and/or training is required to meet licensure requirements even if the program is fully accredited by CSWE.

Alabama (AL) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Alabama. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in Alabama.

Alaska (AK) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Alaska. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Alaska.

American Samoa - Saint Mary’s is unable to determine whether its program meets educational requirements for licensure in American Samoa. Saint Mary’s was unable to locate evidence of a master’s level social work license for students who wish to practice social work in American Samoa.

Arizona (AZ) – Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Arizona. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Arizona.

Arkansas (AR) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Arkansas. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Arkansas.

California (CA) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in California. Graduates from candidacy programs must first register as an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) and cannot take the clinical examination until full CSWE accreditation is attained. Additional coursework is required to meet educational requirements for Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in California. Students with out-of-state degrees must also meet additional post-degree training requirements.

Colorado (CO) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Colorado. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Colorado.

Connecticut (CT) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Connecticut. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Connecticut.

Delaware (DE) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Delaware. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Delaware.

District of Columbia (D.C.) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in the District of Columbia. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) and Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) licensure in the District of Columbia. Additional coursework / training may be required to meet educational requirements for Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in D.C. licensure depending on the student’s program track or plan.

Florida (FL) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Florida. Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for Certified Master Social Worker licensure (an administrative license) in Florida. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for Certified Master Social Worker licensure.

Additional coursework / training may be required to meet educational requirements for Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern licensure depending on the student’s program track or plan. Additional coursework will be required to meet educational requirements for Certified Master Social Worker (CMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure.

Georgia (GA) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Georgia. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Georgia.

Guam - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Guam. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Guam.

Hawaii (HI) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Hawaii. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Hawaii.

Idaho (ID) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Idaho. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Idaho.

Illinois (IL) -Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Illinois. Students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status but must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Illinois.

Indiana (IN) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Indiana. Saint Mary’s has not yet determined if the MSW program will meet educational requirements for Indiana once it is fully accredited. Please check this section at a later time for future updates.

Iowa (IA) – Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Iowa. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Students may request a waiver to this requirement; this process is not guaranteed to ensure eligibility. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) licensure in Iowa.

Kansas (KS) – Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Kansas. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Students may request a waiver to this requirement; this process is not guaranteed to ensure eligibility. Saint Mary’s has not yet determined if the MSW program will meet educational requirements for Kansas once it is fully accredited. Please check this section at a later time for future updates.

Kentucky (KY) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Kentucky. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Certified Social Worker (CSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Kentucky.

Louisiana (LA) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Louisiana. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Louisiana.

Maine (ME) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Maine. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, additional coursework/training may be required to meet educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or LMSW - Conditional Clinical licensure depending on the student’s program track or plan. Additional coursework/training will be required to meet educational requirements for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Maine.

Maryland (MD) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Maryland. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Maryland. Additional coursework / training may be required to meet educational requirements for Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical (LCSW-C) licensure depending on the student’s program track or plan.

Massachusetts (MA) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Massachusetts. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Independent Certified Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in Massachusetts.

Michigan (MI) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Michigan. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Additional coursework / training may be required to meet educational requirements for Limited Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) licensure depending on the student’s program track or plan. Additional coursework will be required to meet educational requirements for Full Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) licensure in Michigan.

Minnesota (MN) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Minnesota. Graduates of candidate programs may apply for a temporary license to practice social work while the program is in candidacy status. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) and Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) licensure in Minnesota. Additional coursework will be required for Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW).

Mississippi (MS) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Mississippi. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Mississippi.

Missouri (MO) – Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Missouri. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Advanced Macro Social Worker, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Missouri.

Montana (MT) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Montana. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Master's Social Worker Candidate (non-clinical), Licensed Master (non-clinical) Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker Candidate, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Montana.

Nebraska (NE) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Nebraska. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Provisional Certified Master Social Worker (PCMSW), Certified Social Worker (CSW), and Licensed Mental Health Practitioner licensure in Nebraska.

Nevada (NV) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Nevada. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework requirements for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Nevada.

New Hampshire (NH) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in New Hampshire. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Additional coursework / training may be required to meet educational requirements for Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure depending on the student’s program track or plan.

New Jersey (NJ) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in New Jersey. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) licensure in New Jersey. Additional coursework / training may be required to meet educational requirements for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure depending on the student’s program track or plan.

New Mexico (NM) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in New Mexico. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in New Mexico.

New York (NY) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in New York. Applicants from candidate programs will be subject to curricular and programmatic review to demonstrate that coursework and practicum experiences fulfill all state requirements. Additional coursework / training may be required to meet educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure depending on the student’s program track or plan.

North Carolina (NC) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in North Carolina. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Certified Master Social Worker (CMSW), Certified Social Work Manager (CSWM), Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSWA), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in North Carolina.

North Dakota (ND) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in North Dakota. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in North Dakota.

Northern Mariana Islands - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in the Northern Mariana Islands. Students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status but must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to ensure eligibility for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in the Northern Mariana Islands.

Ohio (OH) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Ohio. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Social Work Trainee (a license for students enrolled in a master’s-level field education internship/practicum course), Licensed Social Worker (LSW), and Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) licensure in Ohio.

Oklahoma (OK) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Oklahoma. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Social Worker (LSW), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Oklahoma.

Oregon (OR) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Oregon. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Clinical Social Worker Associate (CSWA), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Oregon.

Pennsylvania (PA) – Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Pennsylvania; however, graduates from candidacy programs may apply for licensure only after the program has been granted full accreditation. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Pennsylvania.

Puerto Rico - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Puerto Rico. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Permanent License Social Work Professional licensure in Puerto Rico.

Rhode Island (RI) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Rhode Island. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Rhode Island.

South Carolina (SC) – Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in South Carolina. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Master Level Social Worker (LMSW) in South Carolina. Additional coursework/training will be required to meet educational requirements for Licensed Independent Social Worker - Advanced Practice (LISW-AP) and Licensed Independent Social Worker-Clinical Practice (LISW-CP) licensure.

South Dakota (SD) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in South Dakota. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Certified Social Worker (CSW), Certified Social Worker in Private, Independent Practice (CSW-PIP) licensure in South Dakota.

Tennessee (TN) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Tennessee. Applicants from programs in candidacy must apply for a temporary license to practice as a Licensed Master Social Worker or prior to beginning supervised experiences required to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker. Temporary-license holders are required to apply for a full license within 60 days of CSWE accreditation being granted to the program. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker (LAPSW), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Tennessee.

Texas (TX) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Texas. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Texas.

U.S. Virgin Islands - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in the U.S. Virgin Islands. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Certified Social Worker (CSW) and Certified Independent Social Worker (CISW) in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Utah (UT) - Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Utah. Saint Mary’s MSW program currently meets educational requirements for Social Service Worker 1 licensure in Utah (this license level does not require graduation from a CSWE-accredited program). Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Certified Social Worker Intern, Certified Social Worker (CSW), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Utah.

Vermont (VT) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Vermont. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in Vermont.

Virginia (VA) – Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Virginia. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Licensed Master's Social Worker (LMSW) licensure in Virginia. Additional coursework/training will be required to meet educational requirements for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Virginia.

Washington (WA) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Washington. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Associate Advanced Social Worker (LSWAA), Licensed Advanced Social Worker (LASW), Associate Independent Clinical Social Worker (LSWAIC), and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in Washington.

West Virginia (WV) - Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in West Virginia. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW), Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in West Virginia.

Wisconsin (WI) -Graduates from a CSWE accredited program or a CSWE-candidate program are eligible to apply for licensure in Wisconsin. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Advanced Practice Social Worker (APSW) and Independent Social Worker (ISW) licensure in Wisconsin. Additional coursework / training may be required to meet educational requirements for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure depending on the student’s program track or plan.

Wyoming (WY) – Graduates from a CSWE-candidate program are ineligible to apply for licensure in Wyoming. While students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy status, they must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure. Once CSWE accreditation is achieved, Saint Mary’s MSW program will meet coursework content requirements for Provisional Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Wyoming.

Questions about licensure?

Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your state to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study. Check requirements regularly as they may change. Additional information about social work licensure may also be found through resources such as the Association of Social Work Boards and MSWGuide.org.

For questions about Saint Mary’s bachelor’s social work programs and professional licensure, please contact licensure@smumn.edu.

For questions about Saint Mary’s Master of Social Work program and professional licensure, please contact:

Mallory Knipe, D.S.W., L.I.S.W.
Interim Program Director & Associate Professor, Master of Social Work Program
612-728-5204
mknipe@smumn.edu

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