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Frequently Asked Questions

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 range from 24 to 32 months, depending on choice of course load per semester.

No. The online MSW values its accessibility to students based all over the world.

The fieldwork requirement of nearly 1,000 hours of on-the-ground experience is one of the most foundational parts of Tulane’s online MSW. Students are encouraged to dig into their fieldwork in their own communities, or the communities where they hope to work upon graduating. MSW faculty will work with students to help them find enriching experiences and organizations to partner with where they live.

Our graduates — especially those who live and work in the United States — find that they are in a society whose need for social workers is growing. Employment of mental health and substance abuse social workers is projected to grow by 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As trends are shifting from mandatory jail sentences for drug offenders to the assignment of substance abuse programs, for example, social workers are in fast-growing demand.

A few of the various places our graduates have built their careers are child welfare and human services agencies, research groups, schools, mental health clinics, FEMA, the American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army.

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