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.

Professional licensing standards, and the fields and occupations regulated by state licensing agencies, vary widely from state to state.  Prior to beginning any course of study, anyone seeking an academic program to prepare for employment in a licensed profession should always contact the appropriate licensing agency in the state in which they wish to work to determine requirements and ensure program compatibility.  Students should also review the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolling, including those related to fieldwork, supervised clinical experiences, and national examinations.  

The decision to grant a license or certification is the purview of the state. Only state licensing agencies or boards can determine whether an academic program meets or partially meets educational requirements for licensure. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota cannot guarantee an individual’s attainment of any professional licensure or certification, in any field, in any jurisdiction.  

Beyond Graduation

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. 

Licensure Portability

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.  Again, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota cannot guarantee attainment of licensure in any jurisdiction.  

Disclosures

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.  Effective November 1, 2019, these federally-mandated disclosures are required for all programs, regardless of delivery modality, that are either designed to meet educational requirements for a specific state license or certification required for employment in an occupation or are advertised as meeting such requirements.  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).

Saint Mary’s is committed to providing clear and transparent information to prospective and current students regarding its programs and professional licensure. To that end, we have provided information below, including but not limited to federally-mandated disclosures, regarding our academic programs that are directly or indirectly connected to the pursuit of professional licensure in the United States and territories.

This information is reviewed and updated annually and was last revised January 31, 2020. While Saint Mary’s University strives to ensure that the information contained herein is current and accurate, students are reminded that state requirements are subject to change and that they are responsible for contacting the appropriate agency or board in their state to confirm eligibility to seek or attain licensure.  

Accounting Major, B.A.
Accounting, B.S. (Bachelor Completion)
Accounting Certificate
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.
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting - This 36-credit program is designed for students who already have an undergraduate degree. This program provides students with 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 to apply 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.
  • 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, Accounting Certificate, 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 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,
Includes:
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.

English as a Second Language, M.A.
Special Education, M.A.
Teaching, M.A. K-12
Reading Teacher Certificate

Saint Mary’s University is working to verify whether its K-12 teaching programs meet educational requirements for licensure in Minnesota and other jurisdictions.  Please check back for further updates.  In the meantime, we encourage you to contact the appropriate individual below if you have questions about any of our K-12 teaching programs and professional licensure.

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
Interim 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

Ed.S. in Educational Administration
Educational Administration – Director of Special Education Certificate
Educational Administration – Principal Certificate
Educational Administration – Superintendent Certificate
M.A. in Educational Leadership

Accreditation

Saint Mary’s University is working to verify whether its K-12 administration programs meet educational requirements for licensure in Minnesota and other jurisdictions.  Please check back for further updates.  In the meantime, we encourage you to contact the appropriate individual below if you have questions about any of our K-12 administration programs and professional licensure.

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
Educational Administration – Superintendent Certificate:

William Bjorum, Ed.D.
Program Director
(612) 728-5126
wbjorum@smumn.edu

M.A. in Educational Leadership:
Craig Sundberg, M.A.
Program Director
(612) 728-5143
cbsund07@smumn.edu

Health and Human Services Administration, M.A.

Accreditation

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

Accreditation

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.  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, M.S.W.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Master of Social Work 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 to prepare students to take the Association of Social Work Boards’ Masters level exam.  

All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories recognize CSWE-accredited social work programs as meeting educational requirements for social work licensure in that jurisdiction. Applicants for social work licensure must also always meet additional requirements in every state and U.S. territory, including but not limited to passage of national exams, additional training, coursework, and supervised clinical experiences. 

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. 

Some jurisdictions do not recognize programs in CSWE candidacy status as meeting educational requirements for social work licensure. Graduates of CSWE candidate programs may be ineligible to seek social work licensure in these states. 

Disclosures

The following disclosures will be updated as additional information from state licensing boards is obtained.  Students are reminded that state licensure processes vary widely and that they should check with their state social work board to verify their eligibility for licensure before enrolling in any social work program. 

Saint Mary’s has determined that students who graduate from its MSW program while in CSWE candidacy are eligible to apply for social work licensure in the states listed below.  Some states will not grant licensure until a graduate’s program has been fully accredited.

  • Alaska (AK) 
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)  - Graduates from CSWE-candidate programs may apply for social work licensure in Connecticut only after the program is granted full accreditation. 
  • Florida (FL)
  • Hawaii (HI)
  • Iowa (IA) –  Graduates from CSWE-candidate programs must request a waiver in order to apply for social work licensure in Iowa.
  • Louisiana (LA)
  • Maine (ME) - Graduates from CSWE-candidate programs may apply for social work licensure in Maine only after the program is granted full accreditation. 
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA) 
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Minnesota (MN)
  • Mississippi (MS)
  • Missouri (MO) – Graduates from CSWE-candidate programs may sit for the national exam but will not be issued a license in Missouri until the program is granted full accreditation. 
  • Nevada (NV)
  • New Hampshire (NH) - Graduates from CSWE-candidate programs may apply for social work licensure in New Hampshire.  Applicants will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 
  • New Mexico (NM)
  • New York (NY) - Graduates from CSWE-candidate programs may apply for social work licensure in New York.  Applicants from candidate programs will be subject to curricular and programmatic review. 
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • North Carolina (NC)
  • Ohio (OH)
  • Oklahoma (OK)
  • Oregon (OR)
  • Pennsylvania (PA) – Graduates from CSWE-candidate programs may apply for social work licensure in Pennsylvania only after the program is granted full accreditation.
  • Rhode Island (RI) - Graduates from CSWE-candidate programs may apply for social work licensure in Rhode Island. All applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 
  • South Dakota (SD)
  • Tennessee (TN)
  • Texas (TX)
  • Utah (UT)
  • Virginia (VA) – Graduates from CSWE-candidate programs may apply for social work licensure in Virginia only after the program is granted full accreditation.
  • Washington (WA) - Graduates from CSWE-candidate programs may apply for social work licensure in Washington only after the program is granted full accreditation.
  • Wisconsin (WI)
  • Wyoming (WY) – Graduates from CSWE-candidate programs may apply for social work licensure in Wyoming only after the program is granted full accreditation.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has determined that at this time students who graduate from its MSW program while it remains in CSWE candidacy status will be ineligible to apply for social work licensure in the states listed below.  

  • Arizona (AZ) – Students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy but must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure in Arizona.
  • Arkansas (AR) - Students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy but must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure in Arkansas.
  • Colorado (CO) - Students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy but must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure in Colorado.
  • Idaho (ID) - Students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy but must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure in Idaho.
  • Illinois (IL) - Students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy but must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure in Illinois.
  • Nebraska (NE) - Students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy but must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure in Nebraska.
  • South Carolina (SC) – Students may begin the program while it is in CSWE candidacy but must graduate after accreditation is granted in order to be eligible for licensure in South Carolina.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is unable to determine at this time whether graduates of its MSW program will be eligible to apply for social work licensure in the following states.  Saint Mary’s will continue to reach out to state agencies to verify eligibility requirements and will update this information as needed. 

  • Alabama (AL)
  • Delaware (DE)
  • District of Columbia (D.C)
  • Georgia (GA)
  • Indiana (IN)
  • Kansas (KS) – Graduates of CSWE candidate programs may request a waiver to be allowed to seek social work licensure in Kansas.  This process involves a thorough review by the Kansas Board of Social Work and is not guaranteed to ensure eligibility. 
  • Kentucky (KY)
  • Montana (MT)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • Vermont (VT)
  • West Virginia (WV)
  • Guam
  • Puerto Rico
  • Virgin Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Northern Mariana Islands

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 social work program and its relationship to professional licensure, please contact:

Suzanne Shatila, M.S.S.W.
Program Director
612-238-4556
sshatila@smumn.edu

Licensing Agencies

Below is a state-by-state listing of licensing agencies.