College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York

Social Work Program (MSW)
 Licensure & Accreditation

New York State Education Department Approval
The MSW program was approved by the State of New York Department of Education on October 25, 2013. Based on this approval of our program and curriculum, our MSW program meets the educational requirements needed for licensure in New York.

Council on Social Work Education Accreditation
Approval by the New York State Education Department was required before we can apply to the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for candidacy status for the MSW program. However, CSWE accreditation is NOT needed for our graduates to meet the educational requirements for licensure in New York. Nonetheless, the College intends to submit a candidacy eligibility application to CSWE in 2014. The earliest that the MSW program could be approved for candidacy status is February, 2015, assuming that all goes well. A student who begins the MSW program during the academic year in which the program is granted candidacy status will be considered to have graduated from an accredited program, once the program achieves initial accreditation. The earliest that initial accreditation could be granted, assuming that all goes well, is February 2017.

New York Licensure
To be eligible for a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in New York you must:

  • be of good moral character as determined by the Department;
  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • meet education requirements;
  • meet examination requirements; and
  • complete coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse offered by a New York State approved provider.

Please see License Requirements for further information.  Although a license is not required to work in all social work settings, most direct practice settings will want employees to be licensed.

  • Federal law limits the issuance of professional licenses, registrations and limited permits to United States citizens or qualified aliens.
  • Individuals with criminal histories (felony or misdemeanor) must disclose this in your application for licensure.  An investigation will be completed to determine whether or not the person is of “good moral character.” This is done on a case by case basis, with consideration of the offense as it relates to social work practice and evidence of behavior (“rehabilitation”) since the offense. Employment may not be denied solely on the basis of criminal history.
  • Individuals who are four months or more in arrears in child support or who have failed to comply with a summons, subpoena or warrant relating to a paternity or child support proceeding may be subject to suspension of their business, professional, drivers and/or recreational licenses and permits