Three social work students accepted for master program

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Three social work students accepted for master program

April 17, 2009

Three students from the Social Work program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University have been accepted into the advanced standing Master of Social Work program (MSW) at the University of Oklahoma (OU).

Pamela Bookout, Enid senior; Anne Higby, Enid senior; and Natalie Taylor, Enid senior, will begin taking classes this summer on the Tulsa campus of OU. This group of students is the first to be admitted into a master’s program since the Social Work program accreditation was granted in February.

“Professor Kylene Rehder and I were thrilled to hear these three students were accepted into advanced standing,” Rae Wilson, assistant professor of social work, said.

Because of the accreditation of the Northwestern Social Work program, students with a Bachelor of Social Work are eligible to apply to an MSW program with advanced standing. Depending on the institution, the MSW course is 32-36 credit hours as opposed to a 64 credit hour program. A student in a full-time advanced standing program can complete course requirements for an MSW in one calendar year.

Wilson said the job market for social workers at all levels is expected to rise by at least 20 percent in the next five years, and for an MSW student the opportunities are endless.

To learn more about the Social Work program at Northwestern contact Rehder, social work program director, at (580) 327-8135 or