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June 15, 2018


August 27, 2018


16 / 32 months



What Matters to Us?

New Orleans is a city of resilience, one committed to social justice and compassionate progress. Here at Tulane University, we believe wholeheartedly in upholding the community spirit that keeps New Orleans moving forward. Tulane, in fact, lays claim to the distinction of having housed the first training program of social workers in the Deep South. We’ve had decades to build on our innovative, audacious beginning, and Newsweek recently named us one of the top 25 most service-minded schools. Our students are part of the reason why. Because we strive to maintain the high standard we established over a century ago, Tulane’s online Master of Social Work program is highly competitive.

We want to ensure that our program’s strengths will help activate yours. The online MSW program is interested in prospective students who are driven to:

  • Provoke global changes by advocating for oppressed groups;
  • Work in disaster and trauma relief and recovery in New Orleans and beyond;
  • Actively give back to their communities; and
  • Do work that matters.

Successful applicants to Tulane’s online MSW program must meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate a strong performance in the junior and senior years of undergraduate study or in a postgraduate degree program, or have strong employer references
  • Possess a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in a liberal arts-related field
  • A grade-point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4-point scale) is preferred

Program Details

The online MSW program can be completed on a flexible timeline. Choose from one of three tracks that works best for you: 

  • Full-Time Track: 4 Semesters (16 Months)
  • Part-Time Track: 8 Semesters (32 Months)
  • Advanced Standing Track: 3 Semesters (12 Months)

Online MSW students can choose from two certificates to pursue (optional):

Application Requirements

Please visit to begin and submit your application.

Your resume (or curriculum vitae) should list your relevant work experience, internships, research, awards, and/or publications, as well as educational history. Resumes can be uploaded in the Resume section of the application portal.

In the typewritten and double-spaced Statement of Purpose essay, please address the following questions and topics:

  1. Trace the origin and development of your interest in social work as a professional, including any significant influences or experiences.
  2. What personal qualifications do you bring to the classroom and social work practice? Do you have any limitations that might affect your ability to practice social work?
  3. Discuss the way in which you have handled a social experience or personal situation that has had a significant emotional impact on you. How did this experience contribute to your knowledge of yourself and others?
  4. Discuss your experience working with multi-cultural populations other than your own identified race, religion or identifies background.

A minimum of 2 Letters of Recommendation (LORs) must be received.  The recommenders will submit the letters of recommendation directly into the application portal.  Please select two individuals who know you well and have agreed to write a recommendation for you. Keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • If you are presently working or have been engaged in volunteer work in human services, one letter should be submitted by your supervisor or employer.
  • If you are currently a student, two (2) letters should be submitted by a faculty advisor or professor in your major area.
  • NO personal references (family, friends, social acquaintances, co-workers) will be accepted.
  • Please have on hand: name, title, professional email address, phone number and relationship of your recommenders.

If you suspect that any portion of your application package may present an area of concern (i.e. poor grades), or if you would like to offer more information to the faculty regarding a unique situation (i.e. a large gap in your resume), then you should consider submitting an optional statement.

A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the program.  

You will need to complete the education history section in your online application. Transcripts for your three most recent bachelor or post-bachelor institutions (domestic and international) should be entered, and must be received prior to going to review. Important notes: 

  • Unofficial copies of transcripts can be uploaded to your application as PDF files.  Upload one PDF transcript for each school that you have attended.
  • Official transcripts must be sent and received by a university representative.
  • Transfer credits on transcripts:
  • Official transcripts from the institution where credits were obtained must be submitted in order for credits to be reviewed for transfer.  Only credits earned within the previous 5 years are eligible for transfer.
  • Course descriptions and syllabi for courses you wish to transfer must be sent to

International transcripts:

  • WES: International transcripts will need to be evaluated to show equivalency of the U.S. four-year degree. Please include a WES evaluation with your transcript.

You may submit your transcripts either electronically or traditional mail:

Tulane University School of Social Work
Admissions Department
127 Elk Place
New Orleans, LA 70112

If your native language is not English and you do not have a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university, you will be required to submit a valid score from the TOEFL a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 90 the Internet-based test.

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