ASWB Licensure Exam Pass Rate

 The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) owns and maintains the social work licensing examinations that are used to test a social worker’s competence to practice ethically and safely. Below are the results of licensure pass rates for first-time test-takers of both the ASWB Master’s and Clinical examinations.

Master’s examination (required for licensure as an LMSW in New York)*

School 2015 2014 2013 2012
Columbia University 93% 93% 89% 93%
All NY Schools 79% 81% 80% 82%
National rate 81% 82% 82% 84%

*Entry to Master’s exam in NY requires application for licensure and an MSW degree (macro or clinical).

Clinical examination (required for licensure as an LCSW in New York)*

School 2015 2014 2013 2012
Columbia University 90% 84% 84% 90%
All NY Schools 78% 81% 80% 77%
National rate 76% 78% 78% 77%

*Entry to Clinical exam in NY requires application for licensure, clinical MSW or sufficient clinical coursework as part of the MSW, and completion of 36 months of supervised experience, acceptable to SED.

Information about social work licensing in New York State can be found here. A list of qualifying Clinical courses offered at CSSW can be found here.