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Social Work

Anne and Henry Zarrow Hall

Why Social Work at OU?

  • Two campus locations, Norman and Tulsa
  • BASW,  MSW,  an online MSW, and graduate certificate options. 
  • We offer scholarships, stipends, and GRA positions to help fund your education.
  • Students are our top priority in the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. The hallmarks of our program are flexible program options, faculty excellence, and a deep commitment to the communities we serve.
  • You can join with other Sooners to be a part of the rich history of OU, partaking in all OU has to offer.

We have state of the art simulation centers in both Norman and Tulsa that offer innovative learning opportunities for students.

Social work students provide over 400,000 hours of practicum (internship) hours to a wide range of organizations, agencies, state/local/tribal governments in Oklahoma and beyond.

The school ranks in the top 27% of social work programs in the nation according to the US News and World report of Graduate Rankings

Field opportunities alongside experienced social workers during their workdays. 


Over 90% of our social work students would recommend our programs to a friend.

Students with a recent BASW, within the last 7 years from a CSWE approved BSW program, can earn an MSW in just three semesters


Five flexible programs for working adults available in Norman (MSW and BASW), Tulsa (MSW and BASW), and Online (MSW)

Three social work specific international programs in Mexico, Japan, and Israel are offered to students.

Apply: Undergraduate

Apply to our Bachelors of Social Work Program

Apply to the BA Program

Degree Programs




Apply: Graduate

Apply to our Masters of Social Work Program


Apply to the Graduate Program

Certificate Program: Social Work with American Indians

The Social Work with American Indians Certificate represents the collaboration of two strong departments within the university that are dedicated to the education of people regarding the rich history and present status of tribal nations in the United States and Oklahoma.

Social Work and Native American Studies are committed to the utilization of professorial expertise and tribal partnerships to produce culturally relevant OU graduates prepared to work effectively with tribal nations to increase the well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native children, families, and communities.

15 Hours Total

3 Core Courses = 9 Hours

  1. SWK5343 Social Work with American Indians 
  2. SWK5303 American Indian Behavioral Health
  3. SWK5283 Tribal US Child and Family Policy 

6 remaining hours - selected from courses within Social Work and Native American studies with prior approval.

Current students wishing to graduate with this certificate must meet with Dr. Lisa Byers to discuss the coursework and process. 

Email Dr. Lisa Byers

For students pursuing a graduate certificate, the Social Work with American Indians Certificate Program Report form is due to the Graduate College no later than the final semester of certificate coursework.

SWK with American Indians
Certificate Program Report (PDF)


Mission Statement

The school achieves its mission by preparing skilled social work practitioners who are committed to practice that includes services to the poor and oppressed, by improving and developing social service programs, and by promoting professionalism in social work in Oklahoma. To this end, the school offers two degree programs: an undergraduate major in social work leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and a graduate program leading to a Master of Social Work. The mission of the school follows:


The Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work advances relevant and high-quality knowledge and values of social work practice useful in preparing competent social workers who can elevate the status of people, populations or communities that experience considerable vulnerability and injustice within Oklahoma and the broader society.

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Continuing Education 

The Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work Program for Continuing Education seeks to provide high quality continuing education events to Oklahoma social workers. We have events on both the Norman and Tulsa campus as well as in Oklahoma City, and Online.

Registration links will be added to our calendar  as they are available.

For more information, please contact Meagan Oliveros:

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