Become a Social Worker in Michigan

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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 Michigan, contact the Michigan Social Work Licensing Board.

Michigan law recognizes two classes of social workers: Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW). The requirements are as follows:

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School Program Description
University of Denver
  • Research-driven faculty dedicated to making an impact on social problems
  • Prepares you to apply social work skills across practice settings
Fordham University
  • Four areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy
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
Case Western Reserve University
  • From Case Western Reserve University’s top-10 ranked School of social work
  • Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks available
University of Southern California (USC)
  • Offered by USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School 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
Baylor University
  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Specialize in clinical practice or community practice

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Michigan LMSW

Michigan LMSW Education Requirement: Master of Social Work (MSW) from a CSWE-accredited school  Michigan LMSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Clinical Level or Advanced Generalist Level Examination

Field Requirement: 4,000 hours of post-degree social work experience under the supervision of an LMSW

Fee: $41.60 application fee, $260 ASWB examination fee

Additional Information: All applicants for a health profession license or registration in Michigan are required to submit fingerprints and undergo a criminal background check. There are two types of licensure concentrations: (1) macro, which requires the ASWB Advanced Generalist Level Exam and (2) clinical, which requires the ASWB Clinical Level Examination. Either designation (macro or clinical) will require an extra $15 fee. You must complete an additional 2,000 hours (one year) of post-graduate social work experience in the specialty-designated area with at least 50 hours of supervisory review.

Endorsement: Available upon board approval

License Renewal: Initial LMSW licenses are valid for one year or less. Any subsequent renewal is required every three years. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 45 contact hours of continuing education and payment of a $75 renewal fee.

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Michigan LBSW (Licensed Bachelor Social Worker)

Michigan LBSW Education Requirement: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited school  Michigan LBSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Bachelor’s Level Examination

Field Requirement : 4,000 hours of post-degree social work experience under the supervision of an LMSW. If experience is obtained in Michigan, a limited license must be held to meet the requirements for full licensure.

Fee: $41.60 application fee, $230 ASWB examination fee

Additional Information: All applicants for a health profession license or registration in Michigan are required to submit fingerprints and undergo a criminal background check. Your BSW education final transcripts must be sent to the Michigan Board directly from your school if you do not have a Limited Bachelor’s Social Worker License. You must have the limited license if you obtain your hours in Michigan in order for them to count toward full BSW licensure.

Endorsement: Available upon board approval

License Renewal: Initial LBSW licenses are valid for one year or less. Any subsequent renewal is required every three years. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 45 contact hours of continuing education and payment of a $75 renewal fee.

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In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in Michigan, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in Michigan can only be reached after earning a Master of Social Work. We are committed to keeping updated information on Michigan 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. Last updated 09/01/2018.

Michigan Social Work Salary

Michigan Social Work Salary
Michigan Social Work Career Average Social Worker Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $49,190
Healthcare Social Workers $56,500
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $50,650
All Other Social Workers $61,240
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 Michigan is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 8/22/2018.

Michigan Social Work Scholarships

Michigan State Loan Repayment Program

Type: Loan Repayment

Amount: Typically, $15,000 per year contract for mid-level providers (PA, NP, CNM, MSW).

Description: The Michigan SLRP provides loan repayment assistance to medical, dental and mental health care professionals who are willing to provide full-time health care services in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) at a not-for-profit health clinic for two or more years. Clinical Social Workers may receive up to $15,000 per year of service.

Bay Area Community Foundation

Type: Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: These scholarships apply to residents of Bay County, Michigan. Applications are typically available at the beginning of December at high schools, libraries and local colleges in Bay County. The deadline is at the beginning of March. You can also apply online.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Type: Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Each year the Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards numerous scholarships to students in the greater Grand Rapids area. Aid is based on financial need, academics and outside activities. Applications become available Jan. 1 and can be downloaded from the website. Deadline is in early April. For most awards, applicant must be a resident of Kent County.

Organization of Latino Social Workers (OLASW)

Type: Scholarships

Amount: $250

Description: The Organization of Latino Social Workers, Michigan Chapter, will make up to two awards of $250 each to Latino BSW or MSW students in recognition of academic excellence. The recipients will be recognized at the annual OLASW Educational Summit.

Contact: glara@dmc.org
313-745-0382
c/o Dr. Anna M. Santiago
Wayne State University
219 Thompson Home
Detroit, MI 48202

Additional scholarship information is available on the national page of social work scholarships.

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Sponsored Online Social Work Programs
School Program Description
University of Denver
  • Research-driven faculty dedicated to making an impact on social problems
  • Prepares you to apply social work skills across practice settings
Fordham University
  • Four areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy
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
Case Western Reserve University
  • From Case Western Reserve University’s top-10 ranked School of social work
  • Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks available
University of Southern California (USC)
  • Offered by USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School 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
Baylor University
  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Specialize in clinical practice or community practice

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Licensure information including requirements, renewals, and fees were retrieved as of August 2018. Information may have changed since, check with the state’s board of licensing for more information.