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Stand with Survivors

Tulane University teaches students to instill resilience in communities around the world with our online Master of Social Work.

What impact will you make?

For over 100 years, Tulane University’s School of Social Work has specialized in preparing students for a lifetime of helping those in need—for standing alongside survivors and working with them to rebuild lives, families and entire neighborhoods. With an online Master of Social Work (MSW) from Tulane University, aspiring social workers will learn the skills and technical tools needed to overcome significant obstacles in their own communities. 

Advantages of an Online MSW from Tulane University

Online MSW students will work closely with dedicated professionals and professors, many of whom have years of practical experience in the field, and they will utilize the latest research to develop innovative and effective solutions for communities in need.

The Social Mission at Our Core

The online Master of Social Work’s curriculum revolves around our adherence to the practice of culturally relevant social work. In brief, this means we prioritize communicating with the groups and people we work with, making every effort to understand their needs and working with them to advocate for those needs.

Our Belief in the Benefit of Flexibility

We want to give you the opportunity to steep yourself in the lessons about resilience, innovation and advocacy that we’ve learned in New Orleans and start thinking right away about how to apply them to the place where you live. We want to support you in your decision to earn your master’s degree online from a top social work school and stay rooted in your own community, and one way we demonstrate that is by prioritizing flexibility. 

Learning by Doing

Enrolling in Tulane’s online MSW absolutely does not mean that you forfeit your opportunity to learn from fieldwork experiences. To the contrary, every student in Tulane’s School of Social Work must complete nearly 1,000 hours of fieldwork experience, which we will help you arrange in the place where you live. We value the lessons that can only be learned by doing, not to mention the relationships that can help launch you into your career. 

One Of A Kind Curriculum

At Tulane’s School of Social Work, we are proud of the fact that the curriculum we’ve honed for the accredited online Master of Social Work program is inseparable from and shaped by the lessons we’ve learned in this incredible city we call home. As a top social work school, we know that, as a result, we can prepare our students to do work that matters in their respective communities.

The Social Mission at Our Core

Our Belief in the Benefit of Flexibility

Learning by Doing

One Of A Kind Curriculum

Who Should Choose This Program?

Tulane University’s School of Social Work students come from all over the country, carrying with them compassion deepened by all sorts of personal experiences. These students often envision for themselves career roles ranging from mental health social worker to school social worker to researcher. They are truly dedicated, both personally and professionally, to working with survivors, helping them to overcome their challenges and rebuild successfully. 

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The students in the online MSW program do tend to share a few key characteristics:

They are driven to make change, both locally and globally, by advocating for survivors and marginalized or oppressed groups in the specific places where they live. 

They understand that extreme social and economic injustices are real and often entrenched in longstanding systems. 

Many of them are especially drawn to the prospect of working in disaster and trauma relief and recovery. 

All of them want to do work that positions them to make communities stronger, safer and happier. 

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New Orleans

As Tulane’s School of Social Work has flourished over the past century, its development has also been heavily influenced by New Orleans, the resilient, richly diverse, creative, one-of-a-kind city it calls home. Tulane’s alumni and faculty have worked to better New Orleans, along with other cities across the United States, and in the process, they have amassed a crucial wealth of knowledge that has helped to elevate the social work field and bring change to scores of communities. 

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Tulane University’s School of Social Work has also garnered a reputation as one of the country’s top programs in the field, and for good reason. Our history, our city, and our longtime commitment to social justice and community empowerment tell our story. When Tulane founded the first training program for social workers in the Deep South over a century ago, the school became a nationally recognized destination for people wanting to do work that matters, and the School of Social Work strives to make our programs as approachable and as affordable as possible. 

Career Information

Social workers are committed to helping those in need. Every segment of society experiences personal setbacks, and because of that, social workers can often find employment within both the private and public sectors, as well as within a range of different industries. With a Master of Social Work from Tulane’s School of Social Work, students will have the skills and tools required to seek employment as social workers in mental health clinics, community development corporations, child welfare programs, hospitals and schools. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for social workers from 2014 to 2024 is expected to grow by 12 percent, which is faster than the average growth for most U.S. occupations. In May 2016, the average annual wage of a social workers was $46,890.

About Tulane University

Founded in 1834 in New Orleans, Tulane University has nine schools and one college, and is a member of the Association of American Universities. Tulane also ranks as “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The school has 8,452 undergraduates and 5,129 graduate students. Tulane University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees.

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