State Licensure

The Master of Social Work at the Mandel School is required to abide by states' licensing requirements. This includes the licensing requirements of states participating in NC-SARA.

For more information about Social Work Licensure for the state in which you plan to practice, including requirements and applications, please review the State Licensure information and contacts document.

State Licensing Exam Preparation Course

Each year, the Mandel School partners with Licensing Exam Preparation Services LLC (LEAP) to provide a comprehensive licensing exam preparation course which includes the LEAP Comprehensive Study Guide with Practice Questions. The objective of this course is to prepare you for the National ASWB Master’s-level social work licensing exam.

This preparation course will cover key concepts from each content area of your exam. This includes, but is not limited to, Human Behavior and Development, Diversity, Assessment, Diagnosis, Case Management, Supervision, Service Delivery, as well as Professional Relationships and Ethics. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss practice questions and related answer rationale.

Participation in one licensing prep session is included in your student services package at no additional charge to you.

It is recommended you take the Licensure Examination six to eight weeks after participating in the prep course, so you should plan to participate in the semester leading up to graduation.

Spring 2022 semester registration is now closed for the Mandel School’s Social Work Licensing Exam Preparation Course (presented by LEAP - Licensing Exam Preparation Services, LLC).  The course will be offered again in Fall 2022.  

The online course provides a comprehensive review of practice, policy and theory, and pre- and post-tests to sharpen test-taking skills in order to prepare for the National ASWB master’s-level social work licensing exam. The current self-paced module is open to registrants for 90 days from March 21, 2022 to June 21, 2022 and follows the live session agenda. This course is FREE to students, but registration is required in order to participate.

Alumni and Field Instructors may enroll for $200, and Community Members may enroll for $250. Payments may be made by check or money order and made payable to Case Western Reserve University.  Mail payment to Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-7164.

Important information: 

  • Course includes the LEAP Comprehensive Study Guide with Practice Questions, available for pick up or mailing from Mandel School. 
  • Once registered, participants will receive information from LEAP about course access. 
  • It is recommended that you take the Licensing Examination six to eight weeks after participating in the prep course. For information about when you can take the examination in your state, click here
  • Students who took a LEAP course previously are not eligible to repeat it.
  • There is no late registration.

Questions? Contact Kimberly McFarlin or

Success Driven

We believe in the success of this course in preparing you for the exam. If you attend at least 80% of the prep course, or complete at least 80% of the online module, and take the exam within one year of the date of the course and do not pass, you may take either version of the course again free of charge. The course must be retaken within one year of the original course date.

Learn more about our partner Licensing Exam Preparation Services LLC (LEAP).

Please contact the Assistant Dean of Student Services and Career Planning with any questions or concerns

Helpful hints

  • Review the licensure requirements carefully. Be sure that you are aware of any upcoming deadlines.
  • Does your state board allow you to take the exam prior to graduation? If so, do they need a letter? Does a form need to be completed?
  • Check to see if there is any required additional training or education beyond your MSW degree. If there is, what is it? How do you register for it? Is there a deadline?
  • Look for FAQs or commonly asked questions on the website. Is there anything you have questions about? Are you unsure of what the requirements are? If so, do not hesitate to contact the board by email, telephone, or both.
  • If you are planning to get an advanced license, make sure that you are aware of any supervision requirements ahead of time so that you can start planning.
  • Remember your resources! Contact your local NASW for consultation, and be sure to check out the ASWB website for more details on the exam and licensure requirements by state.

Letters of Good Standing

Letters of Good Standing inform the board that you are in good academic standing and are on track to graduate. Need a letter? Complete this form to receive one from the office of the registrar. Processing time for Letters of Good Standing is 10 business days. Contact with any questions.

Disclaimer: The University does not represent or guarantee that programs which fulfill the State of Ohio's license requirements will fulfill the requirements set by professional licensure boards in other US states and territories.