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Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Tulsa Social Work Students

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) degree will be offered at OU-Tulsa. This degree prepares students to be skilled social work practitioners who are committed to serving our community. Students will expand their knowledge of research, practice evaluation, and policies related to social welfare, and build their abilities in providing culturally competent social work interventions.

The BASW at OU-Tulsa is a degree completion program. Students will have completed their initial two years of study at another higher education institution or community college.


  • The BASW prepares graduates to work in social services helping adults, children, families, groups organizations and communities.
  • The BASW program is offered as a full time bachelor’s degree completion program with approximately 12-15 hours per semester.
  • Students complete a practicum placement that provides real-life experience under supervision with an experienced social worker.
  • BASW graduates are eligible to complete the Master of Social Work (MSW) as an advanced standing student with a greatly reduced number of required hours.


  • Youth workers providing mentors for developmentally disabled youth, in therapeutic preschools, in children’s shelters or group homes, at mental health centers, and in schools
  • Working with vulnerable populations such as people suffering from addictions, older adults, people with complex medical conditions, people with mental health disorders, children and families recovering from trauma, and in prevention work with youth and family guidance programs
  • Child welfare specialists helping children who are abused and neglected reunite with their families, find safe foster placements, facilitate adoptions, coordinate family care, supervise workers and lead teams
  • Providing community interventions through services for the aging or serving as directors of agencies providing health care, child welfare services, and mental health services.


Through the generous support of the The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, numerous scholarships are available to support BASW students at OU-Tulsa. Scholarships will be available. 


Students may apply for admission to the BASW program after completing the required general education and prerequisite courses with at least a 2.50 GPA from a regionally accredited college. Once admitted, a student must earn at least a 2.50 GPA in all social work courses and maintain a 2.50 as an overall GPA. The application process involves submission of a resume, an essay and transcripts.


  • Elements of Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Biology

Additional humanities and foreign language requirements for the OU College of Arts and Sciences may be necessary. All efforts will be made to provide these courses in Tulsa, or online. Please visit with an OU advisor about these requirements.

Students complete the BASW at OU-Tulsa in four semesters, with a total of 48 credit hours, not including any additional requirements.

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