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Social Work


Social Work


60-Credit Hour Program






Advanced Standing Program






Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work

College of Arts and Sciences

Change the World

The online Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma is a highly desirable degree that prepares graduates for careers as Advanced Integrative Practitioners. Graduates of the program improve the lives of children, families, adults, and communities while promoting social, economic, and environmental justice.

Our online MSW degree program combines online learning with synchronous sessions to assure students have a meaningful experience and connection to faculty and peers. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and graduates are prepared to begin the process of application for licensure in all 50 states. 

Students choose either the 60-credit hour program for those with an undergraduate degree in any field, or the Advanced Standing 36-hour program for applicants with an undergraduate degree in social work within the past five years. 

Focus on Practical Learning Experience

Field Education is the signature pedagogy of social work and as a student in the program, you will have two opportunities to experience meaningful direct learning within an agency under the supervision of an experienced social worker.

The Field Education team works with students, sites, field instructors, and field liaisons to coordinate placement in hundreds of affiliated agencies to ensure every student has direct learning opportunities with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Student interests and needs are considered, and placements occur in a wide variety of settings, including agencies that focus on health, children and families, corrections, community organizing, public health, disability advocacy, and public policy.

Field placements ask students to adjust work schedules for daytime hours so they are involved in key learning opportunities. Workplace flexbility is expected for students with full-time employment. 

The online MSW for Advanced Standing students begins in the Summer semester each year. This program is designed for students who have received an undergraduate degree in social work within the last five years. The program can be completed in four terms or approximately 15 months. 


  • Advanced Standing Seminar: Micro Focus
  • Advanced Standing Seminar: Macro Focus
  • Client-Centered Direct Practice
  • Macro Systems in Practice
  • Social Work Practicum III/IV
  • Advanced Integrative Seminar
  • 9 hours of elective: mental health assessment and diagnosis, child abuse and neglect, substance use disorders, social work with American Indians, or many other offered electives

The online MSW program begins in August and January and is designed to be completed in approximately 2.5 years. The program consists of 30 credit hours of foundation coursework and 30 credit hours of concentration coursework in Advanced Integrative Practice.


  • Professional Social Work 
  • Human Lifespan Development 
  • Human Diversity and Societal Oppression 
  • Social Work Research Methods 
  • Policy Practice in Social Work 
  • Theory, Practice, and Evaluation with Individuals 
  • Theory, Practice, and Evaluation with Families and Groups 
  • Theory, Practice, and Evaluation with Organizations and Communities 
  • Social Work Practicum I/II 
  • Client Centered Direct Practice 
  • Macro Systems in Practice 
  • Social Work Practicum III/IV 
  • Advanced Integrative Seminar 
  • 9 hours of elective: mental health assessment and diagnosis, child abuse and neglect, substance use disorders, social work with American Indians, or many other offered electives


100% Online Available

Admission Deadline:

Rolling Admissions

Program Start Terms:

Fall, Spring and Summer



Practical Experience

Students learn about practice, theory, research, and policy in the classroom, but also have individualized field opportunities to work directly in social work practice and demonstrate their skills in professional settings.



Academic Excellence

Instructors are highly engaged with students through synchronous sessions and provide practical knowledge and experience from the field. Faculty are nationally recognized researchers and have significant experience in social work practice.



Strong Career Growth

The demand for Social Workers is growing at a rate of 16% per year – much higher than the 7% average growth across all industries. There are currently 682,100 Social Workers in the United States and an additional 109,700 jobs expected to be created by 2026.


An Investment in Your Future

The cost of the program is $625/credit hour. For the Advanced Standing program, the total tuition is $22,500. For the 60-Credit Hour program, the total tuition is $37,500.

Once accepted into the Master of Social Work program, students are required to submit a $350 non-refundable deposit within two weeks. Deposits are applied toward tuition expenses and secure a student’s place in the upcoming class.

Program Details

To apply to the online Master of Social Work program, applicants are asked to submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Resume or CV
  • Three Letters of recommendation (professional contacts, supervisors, faculty)
  • Official undergraduate transcript(s) from an accredited institution
    • Note: For the Advanced Standing program, a bachelor's in social work is required and your transcript must be from a CSWE-accredited institution.
  • Five essay questions
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (international applicants only)
  • Application fee ($50 for domestic applications; $100 for international applicants)

*Note: for the Advanced Standing program, a bachelor's in social work is required and the degree must be from a CSWE-accredited program and achieved within the past five years.

The admissions committee is seeking a diverse population of self-motivated students who combine compassion and empathy with critical thinking skills, strong writing abilities, and extraordinary professionalism. Those who can demonstrate these skills – in addition to a sincere passion for social work – set themselves up for success in the admissions process.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form above and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

In general, University Tuition Waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs or courses. This includes, but is not limited to, Graduate Assistant Tuition Waivers and faculty/staff waivers. 

If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please contact the Online Aid office by emailing or calling at 405-325-2929.

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Program Contacts:

Enrollment Counselor:

Phone: (405) 322-5407

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Program Director:

Lori Franklin, DSW, LCSW