The CSWE-accredited online Master of Social Work is a highly desirable degree that offers many advantages to graduates, and completion of the degree allows graduates to apply for licensure in many states (requirements vary by state). Additionally, students have the option of selecting between two program tracks: the Advanced Standing program, for students with an undergraduate degree in social work, and the 60-Credit Hour program, for students with an undergraduate degree in any field.
Key Skills for a Growth Market
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 are expected to be created by 2026.
Unique Student Experience
Small class sizes allow for increased engagement from faculty. Through work-based practicums, OU provides opportunities to focus on niche areas of practice including mental health, disability services, and family/child services.
Emphasis on Simulations
Students engage in practical application of the course material and 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.
Top Faculty with Practical Experience
Instructors are highly engaged with students and provide practical knowledge and experience. Faculty are nationally-recognized researchers, professional mentors, and have significant experience in social work practice.
Combination of Macro and Micro Skills
In addition to broad skills including research methods, advocacy, and evaluation, OU will provide students with field internship opportunities to gain valuable first-hand experience while building their professional networks.