State Licensure

The Masters of Social Science Administration 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

Social Work Licensing exam preparation course presented by L.E.A.P. - Licensing Examp Preparation Services / Mandel School logo

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Two-day intensive in-person session registration

Online course module access registration


Participation in one of these two sessions is included at no additional charge. The objective of the course is to prepare you for the National ASWB Master’s-level social work licensing exam. It is recommended you take the Licensure Examination six to eight weeks after participating in the prep course.


(Fee shown is for enrollment in either the live or online session.)

Students (graduating in May or August 2020) and January 2020 graduates: No additional cost. (Participation in one session is included in your Student Services Package.)

Alumni (prior to January 2020, must indicate your graduation date at registration) or Current Mandel School Field Instructor: $200

Community (at-large): $250

Session Format Descriptions

2 Day - Live Session

March 21-22, 2020

Saturday, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Sunday, 8:30am - 3:00pm

Mandel Community Studies Center Room 108

11402 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106

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Comprehensive review of practice, policy and theory; pre- and post-tests to sharpen test-taking skills.

Online Course

Course opens March 21, 2020

Self-paced module open for 60 days; follows the live session agenda.

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Both formats offer instruction from a licensed social worker and professor. Both formats include comprehensive reviews of practice, policy and theory. Either format will prepare you for the National ASWB Master’s-level social work licensing exam; both options include the LEAP Comprehensive Study Guide with Practice Questions.The learning experience will be different based on which option you choose.

The content is the same, so which one is right for you? The live session offers an in-person experience with a live instructor, right here on campus. The online option takes a recorded session and breaks it down into modules, allowing you to digest the content at your own pace over a set period of 60 days. This option is ideal for our distance learners. Choose the session that is right for you!

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 Andrea Porter 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 MSSA 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. 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.