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Online DSW Program Overview


July 1, 2019


July 29, 2019

Summer 2019 Classes Start

August 26, 2019

GRE Required


Become a Leader for Social Change

Tulane University’s School of Social Work has a century-long legacy of training social workers and empowering leaders to serve in diverse communities in New Orleans. In an effort to maximize the impact within Louisiana and beyond, Tulane established the online Doctorate in Social Work to help practitioners seeking a path toward leadership have the opportunity to continue their education and goal of creating a more equitable world. Students prepare for executive-level positions through a curriculum developed to foster the critical thinking skills that are necessary to design, evaluate and implement effective programs and policies. The DSW program is unique because students learn from faculty and peers who have firsthand knowledge of living and learning with the people and communities in the resilient city of New Orleans. While maintaining their current professional and personal responsibilities, students can continue to learn and study in a learning environment that is flexible, adaptable, and individually focused.

Program Goals

The Tulane University School of Social Work's online Doctorate in Social Work Program:

Hands-on training

Trains students to have an in-depth mastery of a selected area of scholarship directly relevant to social work practice, including social welfare policy and services

social justice

Teaches students to use evidence-based decisions to design, implement, and improve the quality of social services

Good idea in a person's mind

Equips practitioners with a deeper understanding of the critical thinking required in reviewing secondary research and the research methods needed for program evaluation

Group of people collaborating

Provides additional training for those clinicians who want to extend their expertise into program management, applied research, nonprofit leadership, or university-based teaching

Program Details

Tulane University’s School of Social Work has been a leader in the field for 100 years, and by enrolling in this program, aspiring social workers will learn the skills and tools required to bring positive change to communities across the world.

  • Full-time: Can be completed in as few as seven semesters or 3 years

Required DSW Coursework

We invite prospective students to review the required coursework here.

Immersion Experience

Every DSW student is also required to attend an immersion weekend in New Orleans. This integral part of the degree program allows students to meet with their classmates, peers, and faculty and experience the dynamic and vibrant city of New Orleans. The immersion experience and the rest of the curriculum are mutually supportive so that students can maximize their Tulane DSW experience, building a network of fellow social workers and people working for social justice to work with and learn from long past the date you receive your degree.

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