The majority of master’s level social work graduates become licensed as clinical social workers (LCSW). To become licensed, MSW graduates must complete 3,000 hours of post-graduate clinical employment over a two-year period, submit letters of reference, and pass the licensing exam. Carroll’s curriculum is designed to prepare students for licensure.

More information on licensure and salaries.


Carroll College has been working with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) to ensure that anyone who is accepted into the MSW program beginning in the fall of 2021 will graduate from an accredited program. Accreditation is a multi-step process that involves a careful review of Carroll’s two-year curriculum, evaluation of the quality standards in place for field education, and an analysis of the process for reviewing learning outcomes. Students who apply to Carroll will help shape the MSW program and be asked to meet with accreditation specialists who review the program’s compliance with the standards.

We will provide regular updates on Carroll’s continued progress toward accreditation.