Admission Information

The course pathways and requirements differ for those students who apply with an undergraduate degree in a major other than social work and for those students who possess an undergraduate degree in social work. Students must apply to and be accepted to both the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work through the University of Oklahoma Graduate College and the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health on the Health Science Campus in Oklahoma City. The generic requirements are a 3.0 GPA and a bachelor's degree. 

Additional Admission Information: 

  • Students must apply to the dual degree program before they complete 12 graduate credits.
  • Students will enroll in Administration and Community Practice in Social Work and in Health Promotion Science in Public Health. These are the only two options available to MSW applicants to the dual degree program.
  • Both applications require students to prepare personal statements capturing their interests in social work and public health and their qualifications for graduate study in the dual degree program. Personal statements can incorporate multiple venues of learning and experience students will bring to the program including course work, service learning, volunteer service, mission work, research activities, current and prior employment, and life experience. Students should make sure that they clearly discuss in their personal statements their motivation to pursue the dual program, and their interests in public health social work. Remember that the focus of the program is on the promotion of population health using evidence based practices, innovative service strategies, and collaborative program development and implementation.
  • The quality of references students offer as part of their application is very important. Select people who can speak to your personal qualities, background and promise in both social work and public health.

Pathways for Completion

MSW/MPH 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 the Advanced Standing option complete the dual program in about two years. Students in dual degree programs are not awarded either masters degree until both degrees have been completed.

Those students with the BSW spend the first year of their program in the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health, likely beginning courses in public health in the summer after their admission to the dual degree program. Students then enter the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work in their second year in which they complete their concentration year in Administration and Community Practice, their practicum in public health social work, and their comprehensive examinations.

Those students who completed undergraduate majors outside of social work enter the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work for their foundation year studies and for their foundation year practicam during the fall and spring semesters. They then enter the College of Public Health the second year of their program and complete core courses and health promotion science courses. In the third year students re-enter the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work to complete Administration and Community Practice requirements, their practicum in public health social work, and their comprehensive examinations.

All students enrolled in the MSW-MPH dual degree program will want to take courses over the summers, particularly in the College of Public Health, so they can complete the program in their projected time frames.