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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 you completed an undergraduate or graduate degree, it will be important that you include strong references from employers — whatever your 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 your needs. A full-time course load consists of four semesters that are generally completed over 16 months (one semester spans a summer). A part-time schedule is spread across eight semesters, which can be completed in 32 months.

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 a week, 3 semesters, for 316 hours each semester and a final total of 948 hours
  2. 12 hours a week, 6 semesters, for 158 hours each semester for a final total of 948 hours

Most placement sites are not able to accommodate student interns on weeknights and weekends. In addition, nights and weekend placements limit 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 you in selecting your field placement based on your interests, prior experience and expectations, and geographic location, striving to provide one that will broaden your educational and life experiences. Placement sites will include social-service agencies, government entities, schools, hospitals, and businesses.The placement team will consider all of your recommended sites and preferred settings. Every site will be thoroughly assessed to meet Tulane School of Social Work field education's 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 their preferred site or setting. The placement team will match you with a site that will provide you the experiences to develop your professional social work skills. 

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