Maryland Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) Guide - 2024

AKA: Maryland LMSW License

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by Social Worker License Staff

Updated: April 24th, 2023

Maryland Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) Licensure Process

When you move up the social work ladder, the Licensed Master Social Worker license is the second level, after the Licensed Bachelor Social Worker(LBSW). The following requirements must be met to get the license.

Educational Requirement

A Master’s in Social Work degree (MSW) from a Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program is required to obtain an LMSW license. Here you can find all schools offering social work degree programs in Maryland.

Send a request to your school’s registrar to forward your official transcript to the board, detailing your qualifications, major, and the date your degree was given.

Examination Requirement

The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) master’s qualifying exam is a requirement to obtain the LMSW license. Ensure you are deemed eligible for this exam by the board before proceeding to register. The exam is scheduled electronically via Pearson Vue.

You can register for the exam through any of the following means:

  1. Online: Click on “Register for the Exam” on the opening page of the ASWB site. Fill out the registration form and pay the exam fee of $230 using Visa, Mastercard, or Discover.
  2. Mail: Get the application form on the candidate handbook, complete it and send it along with the application fee via mail to ASWB Candidate Services, 17126 Mountain Run Vista CtCulpeper, VA 22701.
  3. Fax: Complete the application form available here and fax it to ASWB at 540-829-0142. Fill out the credit card payment information completely. Only credit card payments (Visa,Mastercard, and Discover) are allowed by fax.

Applying for Licensure as a Master Social Worker

  • Complete the application form available at the board’s website.
  • Pay the application and criminal history check fee of $130
  • Send a request to the registrar of your program, asking that they send an official transcript directly to the board.
  • Register for the ASWB master’s qualifying exam.
  • Schedule a date for the exam through Pearson Vue.

When you have done the exam, the board will receive a notification of your scores within two weeks. If you pass the exam, you’ll be issued an LMSW license after you must have paid the licensing fee of $75.