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The Tulane University School of Social Work holds itself to high standards. Not only are we learning together as a program—we are doing. Our faculty members work with New Orleans communities to help empower them to achieve necessary social and economic change, which means that our online students are consistently gleaning lessons from these on-the-ground challenges and positive changes made in New Orleans. Our curriculum is designed to help students around the world take these valuable lessons from New Orleans and actively apply them in fieldwork experiences within their own communities. The School of Social Work has been doing this work, across Louisiana and the South, for over a century—and our high standards have never let up.

Maybe this helps explain why our Master of Social Work program has such a high exam success rate, with 84 percent of our graduates passing the clinical exam and 81 percent passing the Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) exam.

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Maybe it’s why Newsweek named us one of the top 25 most service-minded schools, and why the Princeton Review named us a “college with a conscience.”

We know for sure that we’re happy to live up to the legacy we established over 100 years ago, in 1914, when Tulane opened the doors to the first training school for social workers in the Deep South.

Since then, the School of Social Work has been helping fight systematic oppression, pushing for change wherever equality is not present, assisting with recovery and rebuilding, and equipping students to do work that matters in New Orleans and beyond.

Why Choose Tulane’s School of Social Work?

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.

Legacy

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’re 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.

Innovation

Our School of Social Work puts innovative, clinically backed theories into practice in our work in the field. 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’s a cutting-edge breakthrough in the field of social work, we know about it—if we’re not involved in some way.

Prestige

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’re proud of the well-acknowledged prestige this confers on the School of Social Work.

Advocacy

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.

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