Licensure

Fordham University’s Master of Social Work program prepares students to work as social workers.

Social workers work with individuals, families, groups and communities. Social workers help their clients, often members of marginalized populations, to advocate for themselves and better their lives by connecting them with services including: mental health or substance abuse treatment, job training or resources, individual, group, or family therapy, and more.

This program fulfills the academic eligibility requirements for New York state licensure as a social worker.

Students may also be eligible for licensure in other states outside of New York; however, licensure requirements differ from state to state. Most state licensing boards require a master’s degree, testing, and potentially additional post-graduate coursework/supervised clinical experience requirements. We encourage students to research the requirements specific to their resident state.

Information about state-by-state licensure requirements can be found on the Association of Social Work Boards website.