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Master of Social Work

Master of Social Work Degree Program Overview

The MSW at OU-Tulsa focuses on integrative practice, providing the knowledge and skills for graduates to work in the vast areas of social work with confidence. Our graduates work in schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, advocacy organizations, and more helping children, adults, families, communities and within organizations as leaders of change.

Our ability to work in many different settings and help with individual issues as well as large scale social change lead to our status as professionals in high demand. Social workers provide more mental health services in the country than any other degree, but we can do that and much, much more!

Our School has been educating social workers for over 100 years, is highly ranked, research informed, and has the resources to provide simulation facilities and reasonable class sizes. We have opportunities for graduate research assistants and an active campus environment with potential for interdisciplinary learning. 

Through use of their electives and field placements, students can potentially earn the Social Work with American Indians certificates with no extra courses required. 

Program Requirements

  • Resume
  • Copy of transcript
  • Three Recommenders' Contact Information
  • Essay Questions as part of your Statement of Purpose

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Master of Social Work Curriculum

The MSW program consists of first focusing on the foundation knowledge and skills of social work, including understanding diversity and oppression, lifespan development, the profession of social work, practice with individuals, families, organizations, and communities, policy, and research. Once this foundation is solidified through a practicum experience, students move to the concentration of integrative practice where advanced skills and knowledge with a client centered focus as well as with larger systems of communities and organizations are enhanced along with electives that allow students to focus on areas of interest such as mental health, children’s services, social work in health care, and many others.

Students engage in a final practicum where they demonstrate all of the competencies developed over the course of the program in a real-life setting and graduate with confidence they can perform well in the field and help others effectively.

  • SWK 5433 Human Lifespan Development
  • SWK 5313 Policy Practice in Social Work
  • SWK 5513 Client Centered Direct Practice
Social work student interacting with person

Career Paths

There are 99 types of jobs in the social work field beyond child welfare. Salaries for Oklahoma social workers have increased significantly in the past few years. Now is the time to become a Social Worker. 

Some typical career paths include:

  • Clinical Social Worker (Therapist), 
  • Advocate
  • Community Organizer
  • Program Director
  • School Counselor
  • Forensic Social Worker
  • Prevention Specialist
  • Tribal Social Worker


The Norman BASW program offers a variety of scholarships based on any of the following:  GPA; financial need; minority status; Oklahoma residency; personal faith; economic, mental & physical handicap; desire to work with the handicapped. 

The dollar amount of these scholarships varies ranges from $300 to $3,000 for a school year (fall & spring).  Students can apply through the OU CASH system Oct. 1 to Feb. 1 for the following school year.


Our program’s value is well demonstrated through the employers our graduates have worked for:

  • Family and Children’s Services
  • OK DHS
  • Grand Mental Health
  • Youth Services of Tulsa
  • Dayspring Community Services
  • Tulsa Public Schools
  • Green Country Behavioral Health

MSW Degree Sheets

Tulsa - Full Time 

60 Hours - 2 Year Program

Degree Sheet (PDF)

Tulsa Advanced Standing - Full Time 

36 Hours, 1 Year Program

Degree Sheet, 3 Semesters (PDF)

Tulsa Advanced Standing - Full Time 

36 Hours, 1 Year Program

Degree Sheet, 4 Semesters (PDF)


Social work student

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Your Master of Social Work degree from OU-Tulsa can open doors that set you off on a journey of a lifetime.