Become a Social Worker in Mississippi

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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 Mississippi, contact the Mississippi Social Work Licensing Board.

Mississippi law recognizes three classes of social workers: Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Social Worker (LSW). 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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Mississippi LCSW

Mississippi LCSW Education Requirement: Master of Social Work (MSW) from a college or university accredited by CSWE or Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS)

Mississippi LCSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Clinical Level

Field Requirement: A minimum of one hour per week of face-to-face supervision with an LCSW supervisor for 100 hours is required minimum of 24 months and no more than 36 months. The supervision period must include at least 1,000 face-to-face hours with clients.

Fee: $25 application fee, $100 license fee, $260 ASWB examination fee, $50 background check fee. If upgrading from LMSW to LCSW, ASWB examination fee only.

Additional Information: Applicants must submit with the final evaluation forms three complete professional references from appropriate professionals. One must be completed by an LCSW other than your supervisor.

Endorsement: Available upon board approval

License Renewal: Renewal is required every two years. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 40 hours of continuing education and payment of a $100 renewal fee.

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Mississippi LMSW

Mississippi LMSW Education Requirement: Master of Social Work (MSW) from a college or university accredited by CSWE or Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS)  

Mississippi LMSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Master’s Level Examination

Field Requirement: None

Fee: $25 application fee, $100 license fee, $230 ASWB examination fee, $50 background check fee

Additional Information: None

Endorsement: Available upon board approval

License Renewal: Renewal is required every two years. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 40 hours of continuing education and payment of a $100 renewal fee.

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Mississippi LSW (Licensed Social Worker)

Mississippi LSW Education Requirement: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a college or university accredited by CSWE or Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS)  

Mississippi LSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Bachelor’s Level Examination

Field Requirement: None

Fee: $25 application fee, $70 license fee, $230 ASWB examination fee, $50 background check fee

Additional Information: None

Endorsement: Available upon board approval

License Renewal: Renewal is required every two years. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 40 hours of continuing education and payment of a $70 renewal fee.

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

Mississippi Social Work Salary

Mississippi Social Work Salary
Mississippi Social Work Career Average Social Worker Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $34,930
Healthcare Social Workers $47,540
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $38,640
All Other Social Workers $53,280
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 Mississippi is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 8/22/2018.

Mississippi Social Work Scholarships

National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. Graduate Scholarship Program

Type: Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. (NAJA) was established in 1941 with the purpose of uniting members to render charitable services that are beneficial to the general public, with particular emphasis on children, and to cooperate with other organizations performing similar services. Today, the growing Association continues with the focus of meeting the needs of children and youth in keeping with the NAJA slogan: Care Today – Character Tomorrow.

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

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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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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.