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While the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree is often the first step in beginning a social work career and opens the door to many entry-level positions in health and human services agencies, the MSW offers advanced study for social work practice. Most BSW students go on to complete an MSW program because in addition to the specialized training and in-depth practice experience MSW students gain, earning an MSW degree allows graduates to apply for social work licensure (LSW or LMSW, depending on the state), and eventually, clinical social work licensure (LCSW).

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The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree is a worthwhile pursuit for those interested in advancing their social work careers, especially in the clinical setting. No matter what state you’re pursuing a social work career in, basic requirements to become a licensed social worker will include successful completion of the ASWB Exam and a CSWE-accredited degree (in most cases, a master’s in social work)

Salaries Up 12% for Social Workers Holding an MSW

In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported clinical social workers earning an average salary of $51,930 with top earners coming in as high as $76,940.

In recent reports, the median has grown 12 percent to a national average of $59,100.