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The Online Master of Social Work is a 60-credit-hour program open to students with a bachelor’s degree in any field. Completed over eight semesters, the curriculum combines online coursework and field training practicums. Practicum placements do not have to be located near the University of Oklahoma’s campuses. Students from outside the region will meet their practicum supervision requirements utilizing resources near their home and support from the Zarrow School of Social Work staff through online technologies.

The Online Master of Social Work is a highly desirable degree that offers many advantages to graduates. Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is extremely valuable to job seekers in the field. In addition, completion of the degree allows graduates to apply for licensure in many states (requirements vary by state), and the credits earned in the degree count towards continuing education requirements.

Program Benefits

Benefits of the Online Master in Social Work include:

Unique Student Experience: The combination of an online format coupled with required field training provides an incredible learning experience. Small class sizes allow for increased engagement and personal attention from faculty. The highly interactive nature of the coursework promotes an environment in which students build their professional networks by collaborating with their classmates and instructors.

Emphasis on Simulations: Students will engage in practical application of the course material, as the curriculum focuses heavily on simulations. Students can apply theories and practice in a safe environment. Social Simulation utilizes trained actors portraying social work clients and is not common in online programs of social work. The simulations will allow learners and faculty to review recorded sessions as well as annotate throughout the recording. Students will be assisted in making appointments with simulated clients to complete and record practice exercises.

Top Faculty with Practical Experience: Instructors are highly engaged with students and provide practical knowledge and experience. Faculty are experienced professional mentors, and many have earned certifications including LCSW, LADC, MINT and ACT.

Combination of Macro and Micro Skills: In addition to broad skills including research methods, advocacy, and evaluations with both individuals and families, students in the Online Master of Social Work have opportunities to focus on more niche areas of practice.

Program Tuition

Tuition for the online Master in Social Work is $39,000 (60 credit hours at $650 per credit hour) for the entire program. Fees associated with the program are included in this cost. Books and materials are additional.

Once accepted into the online Master in Social Work, students are required to submit a $350 non-refundable deposit. This deposit will be applied to your tuition, providing you enroll in the program and start with your designated cohort class.

Students accepted into the program are eligible to receive two types of federal loans – the Stafford Loans (unsubsidized) and the Grad PLUS loans. Each loan type has a separate application process. An accepted student must accept the Unsubsidized Student Loan eligibility before a Grad PLUS loan can be processed. The Grad PLUS loan is credit based and may require a co-signer. These loans are federally regulated and NOT the same as a bank or private lender loans. 

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 5 credit hours per semester to be eligible for Financial Aid.

The University of Oklahoma’s Financial Aid office assists students by providing information about scholarship and financial aid opportunities available at the University of Oklahoma. Please visit: http://www.ou.edu/financialaid.html or call (405) 325-4521 to learn more.

Contact Us

To learn more about the online Master of Social Work program structure, courses and how to apply please fill out the Contact Form and an Enrollment Counselor will be in contact with you to further discuss the Online Master of Social Work program.