UMKC Catalog


Professional Status
After graduation, students are well prepared to accept a professional social work position with populations at-risk in a variety of human service, mental health, medical, or community settings.

Both Missouri and Kansas offer an exam to license specialist clinical social workers after two years of supervised practice in direct services. For social workers who plan to practice at this level, Kansas statutes require completion of graduate or continuing education courses in psychopathology and diagnostic skills. Students who are considering clinical licensure in Kansas are encouraged to take this course as an elective prior to graduation from the M.S.W. program.

Both Missouri and Kansas offer the following licenses for professional social workers:

  • LBSW-Licensed Bachelor's Social Worker
  • LMSW-Licensed Master Social Worker

Missouri also offers:

  • LAMSW - Licensed Advanced Macro Social Worker