Earning a Master of Social Work from Tulane University means entering a partnership with a university that takes its role seriously. As an integral part of the New Orleans community, Tulane’s faculty, staff, and students understand that preparing future social workers to engage in competent, ethical, community-led practices is of utmost importance. Tulane’s School of Social Work—its priorities, its curriculum, its projects, and its people—has been shaped by New Orleans’ incredible strength and defiant uniqueness. And the School of Social Work has had an impressively long time to be shaped. Our doors opened earlier than any other social worker training program in the Deep South, over a century ago.
When Tulane opened the first training school for social workers in the Deep South in 1914, it was called the Southern School of Social Sciences and Public Services. We are proud of our legacy as a pioneer in the Deep South, and we strive to live up to it every day, just as we work hard to be as creative, resilient, and one of a kind as New Orleans, the city we call home.
Our School of Social Work puts innovative, clinically backed theories into practice. Tulane’s affiliations with research groups, including the Traumatology Institute, the Porter-Carson Institute for the Family, the Institute for Psychosocial Health, and many others, mean that when there is a cutting-edge breakthrough in the field of social work, we know about it—if we are not involved in some way.
Tulane is part of the Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Paired with our numerous rankings and distinctions, we are proud of the well-acknowledged prestige this confers on the School of Social Work.
Our faculty and students are drawn to our program in part because of its orientation around diversity and social justice. Everything about our curriculum and our fieldwork is rooted in this orientation. We practice and teach culturally relevant social work, which puts an explicit focus on empowerment, self-determination, advocacy and the integration of cultural contexts into individual social work practice.