SARA and licensure requirements

If you plan to be in a state other than Virginia while completing an online program at VCU, please note that state regulations in every state determine whether VCU may offer you a place in a course or program. VCU participates in the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which allows students from NC-SARA-approved states to enroll in VCU’s programs. If the state in which you will reside while taking online courses through this program is not approved as a SARA state, please contact the compliance coordinator at online@VCU in order to determine whether the regulations of your state permit your enrollment at VCU. Please also note that, as a VCU student enrolled in an online program, the universitywide policies would apply to you – in addition to policies and technical standards of the VCU School of Social Work.

Completion of requirements for the Master of Social Work degree with a clinical concentration (*disclaimer) typically meets the educational requirement for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. Please be aware that requirements for licensure vary from state to state. Faculty and administrators in VCU’s academic programs leading to professional licensure help students learn about licensure in a variety of ways. In the VCU M.S.W. Program, Office of Student Success advisors offer information sessions about licensure requirements in Virginia, and instructors in the clinical concentration practice courses offer learning activities on accessing information about licensure requirements in Virginia and other states.

Information about educational prerequisites for professional licensure or certification in other states is available from the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).

The Association of Social Work Boards is an organization composed of licensing boards/agencies for all 50 states, D.C., Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and 10 Canadian provinces. ASWB maintains a database of information about social work regulations and licensure requirements in other jurisdictions as a service to ASWB members and the public. 

The database allows prospective applicants to search licensure requirements by jurisdiction, compare requirements across multiple jurisdictions and link directly to state licensing boards for additional information and/or clarification.

If you have questions about the VCU M.S.W. Program’s current curriculum or satisfaction of a specific requirement, you may email for assistance.

The VCU M.S.W. Program has not been subject to any adverse action within the last five years.

Have questions?

Prospective students interested in an online M.S.W. program option can contact For on-campus M.S.W. questions, please reach out to