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The Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation

has reaffirmed the LSU School of Social Work's accreditation for eight years

The Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation has reaffirmed the LSU School of Social work accreditation for the full eight years. The School of Social Work recently celebratied 75 years of offering graduate education at Louisiana State University. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), our fundamental goal is for each of our graduates to use the knowledge and skills learned in the School of Social Work to contribute to our communities through the competent and compassionate practice of social work. Our MSW students learn in many settings: in lively classroom discussion, in hands-on experience in agencies, beyond campus boundaries through distance education or working closely with faculty on research or community projects. The School of Social Work's 2012 LMSW passing rate for first time test takers was 86% with the state average being 63% and a national average of 84%. The 2012 LCSW passing rate for our alumni was 89% with a 74% state average and a 77% national average. Our doctoral graduates make valuable contributions to communities through teaching, research and policy analysis.



2013 Association of Social Work Boards


The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Licensure Exam pass rates are collected annually. Students graduating from the LSU MSW Program are required to take the national Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) Exam before practicing social work in the state of Louisiana. After completing all requirements to become Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) (including 2 years of clinical practice and supervision), LMSW’s may elect to take the national LCSW exam which gives LCSW credentialed social workers the opportunity to secure third-party reimbursement for social work services. Both the LMSW and LCSW exams contain 170 multiple-choice questions delivered on personal computers with a 4-hour time allotted for completion. The exams measure entry-level knowledge at the LMSW and LCSW levels, and are an important component in the social work regulatory board’s public protection mission. Respondents must score a 70% or higher to pass the exams.

Empowering Communities

We actively join community agencies in partnerships to address issues that affect the quality of life in our state. In the past five years, for example, we have served over 65 state and local agencies through program evaluation, training, and consultation. Our students contribute over 96,000 service hours to community agencies around the state each year through field internship assignments.


Changing Lives
Faculty, staff and students of the School address community issues about which people care deeply, such as school violence, child maltreatment, children in poverty, and truancy. We have active research projects testing promising, new interventions in areas such as child abuse prevention, juvenile justice reform, truancy prevention, substance abuse intervention and services for the elderly.


Why Research

  • We believe our research activities enable professional social workers to better prevent and treat individual, family, and community problems.

  • We believe research and evaluation provide necessary information and guidance to improve the effectiveness of human service organizations.

  • We believe through our research we can discover better ways to improve the lives of people and allow them to reach their highest potential in life.



School of Social Work

Annual Conference

September 11 & 12

Keynote Speaker:

Lt. Colonel Jeffery Yarvis, PhD.

More information coming soon


75th Conference Presentation

Articles & Slides


75th Anniversary Photos


NEW!!! 75th Anniversary Video



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News and Events

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MSW Student, Sarah Backstrom, named NASW MSW Student of theYear Read more


BRAVE Grant News--Killers Beware Read more


Dr. Cassandra Chaney participates in McNair Scholars Research Program Read more


Truancy Assessment and Service Center (TASC) Final Report

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Social Work Welcome Back Party Read more


Emeritus Mohan to speak on Environmental Democracy

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Emeritus Mohan selected as NASW pioneer Read more



Emeritus Mohan publishes 18th book Read more


LSU School of Social Work Recognized as Top 50 MSW Program in Country Read more »


Dr. Cecile Guin Receives Women of Excellence Award Read more »


Family Impact Seminar Focuses on Youth Aging Out of Foster Care Read more »


Dr. Elaine Maccio Discusses Domestic Partner Benefits Read more »


LSU Selects MSW Alum Ashley Granger as Advisor of the Year Read more »


Traci Lilley Honored as 2013 NASW Louisiana Social Worker of the Year & 2013 Regional NASW Social Worker of the Year Read more »


State Representative Steve Carter Speaks to Policy Students

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Dr. Cecile Guin on the Roots of Violence Read more »


American Council for School Social Work Conference Read more


Dr. Cassandra Chaney co-edits, book Read more »


LSU ends 16-year Truancy Research Project Read more »


Dr. Sam Robison Selected as Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Fellow Read more »


Racheal Hebert, MSW Student, Discusses STAR Read more »


Exam Rates Surpass State & National Averages Read more »


Dr. Pam Monroe Discusses Increase in Children of Unemployed LA Parents Read more »


Charlotte Kamiya Memorial Scholarships Funded Read more »



Contextualized Advancd Direct Practice Core Competencies 2012 Data

5 Year Strategic Plan
Leading, Empowering, Transforming

2012 Assessments of Learning Outcomes--CSWE Form AS 4 Masters