Social Work

Taking the Texas State Licensing Exam

The first step in this process is to complete a “Request to Obtain a Degree Completion Letter from the College of Public Policy Dean’s Office (see link below) the semester you plan to graduate (this letter will allow you to start the licensing application process). This form should be sent to Jackie Huerta in the Dean’s Office at When completed, the degree completion letter can either be picked up from the Dean’s Office or the Dean’s Office will mail it to you using the address you provide on the request form. You should then go to the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners (TSBSWE) website at TSBSWE and begin the licensing exam application process. Note that all students will need to complete the Jurisprudence Exam as a threshold requirement for applying to take the licensing exam. (This exam is not time-limited and does not require advanced preparation.)  Once you have submitted an application to the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners, there is a processing time that may be as long as several months before you receive notice that you are eligible to take the exam. Exam results, however, are received quickly, and UTSA students have a high first-time passage rate on the exam.

You should become familiar with the latest information about legislative and other changes in the Texas social work licensing process, which can be found at NASWTX.

Practice exams can be found on the Association of Social Work Boards website, ASWB, the national entity that hosts state social work licensing testing for most states. The National Association of Socialworkers of Texas site, NASWTX, also lists a number of providers that offer test preparation workshops for a fee.