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