Become a Social Worker in Minnesota 

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Disclaimer: Due to the rapidly changing nature of social work regulations, for the most up-to-date information on becoming a social worker in Minnesota, contact the Minnesota Social Work Licensing Board.

Minnesota law recognizes four classes of social workers: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW), Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) and Licensed Social Worker (LSW). The requirements are as follows:

FEATURED ONLINE MSW PROGRAMS

Featured Online MSW Programs
SCHOOL DESCRIPTION
Fordham University
  • Four main areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy
  • GRE scores are not required for admission to the program.
Baylor University
  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Specialize in clinical practice or community practice
University of Denver
  • Research-driven faculty dedicated to making an impact on social problems
  • Prepares you to apply social work skills across practice settings
University of Southern California (USC)
  • Offered by USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck Shool of Social Work, a top-ranked graduate school by U.S. News and World Report
  • Features virtual and in-person field education in or near student's own communities
Simmons University
  • Four Clinical Specializations: Child and Family, Trauma and Interpersonal Violence, Mental Health and Addictions, and Health and Aging
  • Three program tracks: Traditional, Accelerated, and Extended
These schools offer online MSW programs with 100% online instruction - no campus visits required

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Minnesota LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker)

Minnesota LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker)

Minnesota LGSW (Licensed Graduate Social Worker)

Minnesota LSW (Licensed Social Worker)


In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in Minnesota, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in Minnesota can only be reached after earning a Master of Social Work. We are committed to keeping updated information on Minnesota social work licensure policies available to you.

Disclaimer: There may be additional methods of certification that have not been covered here. Please contact your state social work licensing department for more information.

Minnesota Social Work Salary

Minnesota Social Work Salary
Minnesota Social Work Career Average Social Worker Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $54,310
Healthcare Social Workers $58,530
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $51,860
All Other Social Workers $56,280
Salary Increase from BSW to MSW +$9,000
 
Disclaimer: Social Worker Salary information is taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information about social worker salaries in Minnesota is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 8/22/2018.

Minnesota Social Work Scholarships

FEATURED ONLINE MSW PROGRAMS

Featured Online MSW Programs
SCHOOL DESCRIPTION
Fordham University
  • Four main areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy
  • GRE scores are not required for admission to the program.
Baylor University
  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Specialize in clinical practice or community practice
University of Denver
  • Research-driven faculty dedicated to making an impact on social problems
  • Prepares you to apply social work skills across practice settings
University of Southern California (USC)
  • Offered by USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck Shool of Social Work, a top-ranked graduate school by U.S. News and World Report
  • Features virtual and in-person field education in or near student's own communities
Simmons University
  • Four Clinical Specializations: Child and Family, Trauma and Interpersonal Violence, Mental Health and Addictions, and Health and Aging
  • Three program tracks: Traditional, Accelerated, and Extended
These schools offer online MSW programs with 100% online instruction - no campus visits required

Sponsored MSW Programs