Oklahoma MSW Programs

The University of Oklahoma and Northeastern State University are institutions that offer graduate-level accredited social work degrees in the state of Oklahoma. Various state licensures exist in social work to determine administrative and clinical work at various educational levels.

Oklahoma CSWE Accredited MSW Programs

Five different institutions offer accredited social work programs that have been reviewed by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Holding this designation means that the program has upheld nine different competencies set by the established organization, which upholds social work ethics and has the resources needed for the student to succeed in their administrative or clinical career.

Master's degrees in social work are offered by the University of Oklahoma and Northeastern State University.

Finding a Campus Based Oklahoma MSW Program

Educational opportunities are located in Norman, Tulsa, and Tahlequah. Of these locations, Tulsa has one of the largest metropolitan areas that offer numerous social work positions. Students pursuing a Master's degree at the University of Oklahoma in Norman have the ability to specialize as an advanced generalist, in community development, mental health, and more.

University of Oklahoma's Online Master of Social Work

The Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work offers an MSW program at the Norman campus or in an online format. This is a 60 credit-hour curriculum that can be truncated with the removal of foundational coursework when students are eligible for advanced standing. In order to enroll into advanced standing, students must complete a CSWE-accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree.

Advanced Standing Format

36 credit hours are needed to complete this version of the Master's degree, and the foundational internship is also waived. Students are eligible to enroll in advanced standing on a full-time or part-time basis. This format can be completed online as well as the Norman and Tulsa campuses.

Topics will consist of theory and intensive study of direct practice with risk groups and families prior to entering the internship. Additional requirements for enrollment in this program is completing the accredited Bachelor's degree in the past five years and holding a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores are not required for admission.

Hybrid Program

Another pathway to complete this Master's program is taking the hybrid format at the Tulsa campus. This full program is available through part-time enrollment so students can continue their professional work while taking courses at campus on the weekend. Other ways courses are delivered in this format are asynchronously online and through the Zoom videoconferencing service.

Careers, Licensures, and Salaries in Oklahoma

Overall, the state of Oklahoma has a high concentration of youth and school social workers mainly in Oklahoma City and the eastern portion of the state. Thousands of social workers specialize in health care and mental health according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Both Oklahoma City and Tulsa are typical destinations for employment in these areas.

In terms of statewide salary, Oklahoma is lower than the national average in many social work positions. Those specializing in mental health typically receive a salary of $40,430 annually, and health care is estimated at an annual mean wage of $51,220. These figures are relatively the same when comparing to the metropolitan areas of Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Oklahoma Social Work Licensure Requirements

Five different licensures are available for students to apply for in the state of Oklahoma. These are based on the type of education accomplished and the amount of work desired on an independent basis.

  • Licensed Social Work Associate (LSWA)
  • Licensed Master’s Social Worker (LMSW)
  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
  • Licensed Social Worker in Administration (LSW-ADM)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

One of the unique aspects of the Oklahoma licensure process is the administration certification. For both this specialized licensure and the LSW, the exam on advanced generalist by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) must be completed and passed. For licensures above the associate level, at least 4,000 hours of supervised work must be completed in addition to the graduate degree.

Endorsement and Renewal Requirements

Some endorsement is possible with states, but all license holders from other areas can apply for endorsement to determine of the Oklahoma state board deems all criteria has been met. Renewal takes place every two years and 16 credit hours of continuing education is needed. Within this education, three credit hours are needed in ethical topics.

Online MSW Programs in Oklahoma That Are CSWE Accredited


Campus-Based Oklahoma MSW Programs

University of Oklahoma

  • Program: Master of Social Work
  • Campus: Norman
  • Hybrid option offers in-class, on-demand coursework, and Zoom videoconferencing capabilities. Online education requires high-speed internet access and headset/webcam for interaction. Students explore direct individual practice and macro practice to improve communities and policies. Program evaluation and research methods lead to evidence-based decisions and improved outcomes. Nine credit hours of electives customize the program to different social work fields. Offers certification option to work with American Indian populations.