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Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions & Curriculum FAQ

Successful applicants must have a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in a liberal arts-related field. Beyond that, a specific major is not required.

Specific work experience is not required, either. Many of our students entered our program right after completing their undergraduate or graduate studies, without having accrued work experience in a related field.

That said, if it has been several years since the applicant has completed an undergraduate or graduate degree, it will be important that they include strong references from employers — whatever his or her occupation — in order to be accepted.

No. The GRE is not requirement for the online Master of Social Work program.

The online MSW curriculum is built around the best practices defined by culturally relevant social work practice, or CRSWP. CRSWP holds that social work should operate within a context of collaboration with a community and a responsiveness to its social norms. The practice believes in egalitarian relationships between social workers and the people they work with. Within this framework, social justice and advocacy are prioritized as constant and ongoing processes.

The timeline of the online MSW is very flexible and adaptable to each student's needs. Our Traditional MSW offers both a full-time and a part-time track. The full-time track consists of four semesters that are generally completed over 16 months (one semester spans a summer). The part-time track is spread across eight semesters, which can be completed in 32 months. Our Advanced Standing program consists of three semesters, which are generally completed over 12 months.

View a typical breakdown of how you can expect to dedicate your time to the program each week.

Field Placement FAQ

Yes. Placement must occur concurrently with courses. Course assignments and discussions in class will draw from the field placement and course learning outcomes should be applied to the field placement.

Regular and advanced standing full-time students begin their internship in the second semester of study and continue through the third and fourth semesters. 

Part-time students begin their internship/field placement after completing the first 14 hours of core classes and are required to complete 12 contact/clock hours per week. 

The minimum number of field placement hours required per semester is:

  1. 24 hours per week, three semesters, for 316 hours each semester and a final total of 948 hours
  2. 12 hours per week, six semesters, for 158 hours each semester and a final total of 948 hours

Most placement sites are not able to accommodate student interns on weeknights and weekends. In addition, night and weekend placements limit a student's learning experience and supervision. We strongly advise students to complete placement hours during the week and working hours.  

The placement team will assist our student in selecting their field placement based on their interests, prior experience and expectations, and geographic location, striving to provide placements that will broaden students' educational and life experiences. Placement sites will include social-service agencies, government entities, schools, hospitals, and businesses.The placement team will consider all of a student's recommended sites and preferred settings. Every site will be thoroughly assessed to meet Tulane School of Social Work's field education requirements. The site must have the capacity to accept a student intern, identify a qualified MSW field instructor willing to supervise a student intern, provide the required learning objectives, and enter into a contract with Tulane University. There is no guarantee that the student can be placed at his or her preferred site or setting. The placement team will match students with sites that will provide them the experiences to develop their professional social work skills. 

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