Admission Information

Students must apply to and be accepted to both the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work and the University of Oklahoma College of International Studies through the OU Graduate College. A 3.0 undergraduate GPA and a Bachelors degree from an accredited institution are required.

MIAS Admission Information:

  • MAIS Supplemental Application
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three recommendation letters are required. Although faculty recommendations are prefered, work references (from supervisors, colleagues, etc.) are acceptable, especially for applicants who have been out of school for five years or more. 
  • Statement of purpose essay - There are no specific, strict formatting requirements (font, length, spacing, etc.), but please try to keep it around two double spaced pages in normal 12-point font. Statements should speak to the applicant's reason for wanting to study in the MAIS program, preparedness for advanced academic study, career objectives, and subject matter or regional interest (e.e. human rights, economic development, global advocacy). 
  • Required Test Scores
    • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. Information about taking the GRE is available from the Educational Testing Service at When taking your exam(s) you should indicate that you want the results sent to the University of Oklahoma. The University of Oklahoma is code 6879 and the Department code is 1901. GRE scores must be fewer than five years old at the time of submission. 
    • International students whose native language is not English are also required to present evidence of proficiency in the English language in one of the ways approved by the Office of Admission. Please review the requirements here. TOEFL scores must be fewer than two years old at the time of submission. 

Pathways for Completion

MSW/MIAS dual degree allows students to complete the requirements for each degree with a reduction of about 20 percent in required hours for both degrees. For students attending full-time, completion of both degrees takes about three years. Part-time program students typically take about four years. Students in dual degree programs are not awarded either masters degree until both degrees have been completed.

Admitted students complete the foundation year of the MSW program at Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. In the second year, they complete the courses for Global Studies with a specialization in Global Development at the College of International Studies.  In the third year, students complete the concentration year of the MSW program in either Administration and Community Practice or Direct Practice, including a practicum focused on international populations or services.