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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

The deadline to apply is December 1st prior to the coming spring semester.

Program Details

The 60 credit hours required to complete the online MSW can be completed on a flexible timeline. A full-time course load consists of four semesters that are generally completed over 16 months (with one semester spanning a summer). A part-time schedule is spread across eight semesters, which can range from 24 to 32 months, depending on choice of course load per semester.

Online MSW students can choose from two certificates to pursue:

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