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MSW Program Overview


July 1, 2019


July 29, 2019


August 26, 2019

GRE Required


Tulane University has built its Master of Social Work program on the foundation of its century-long experience training social workers in New Orleans. In other words, New Orleans’ unique resilience in facing disaster, its creativity and innovation, and its open and indefatigable activist community are all written indelibly into our curriculum. Tulane’s MSW program fits into students' lives, because it’s adaptable to their schedules.

Program Goals

The Tulane University School of Social Work's Master of Social Work Program aims to achieve the following goals:

Hands-on training

Prepares students to engage in relationship-centered, clinical-community practice to enhance the biopsychosocial capacity and resilience of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities;

social justice

Teaches students to value human diversity and work to promote social and economic justice;

Good idea in a person's mind

Prepares students to create and exchange responsive, community-based knowledge and research for relevant, effective, and innovative social work practice; and

Group of people collaborating

Promotes integrative learning by drawing from and contributing to the diverse, culturally rich, inspiring, and challenging environment of New Orleans and through opportunities for intercultural experience.

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 little as four semesters or 16 months.
  • Part-time: Can be completed in eight semesters or 32 months.

Required MSW Coursework

Fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education and ranked in the top 20 schools of social work in the country, the Tulane University School of Social Work offers a "clinical-community" curriculum based on relationship-centered practice.

We invite prospective students to review the required coursework.

Prospective students can also view a typical breakdown of how they can expect to dedicate their time to the program each week.

Flexible Curriculum Schedules and Settings

Designed with working students in mind, the MSW program offers flexible part-time and full-time curriculum schedules for on-campus and online students.

Prospective students can explore sample curriculum schedules here.

Field Education

Every MSW student is also required to complete 948 hours of field-based education. This integral part of the degree program pairs each student with an organizational partner in the individual’s city or town to start getting on-the-ground experience working within the student’s own community. The fieldwork experience and the rest of the curriculum are mutually supportive so that students can get the most out of every minute of their time with Tulane.

Explore Our Programs

Traditional Program

An online or on-campus MSW program designed for those without a BSW.

Advanced Standing Program

An accelerated, full-time 12-month MSW program for eligible students; available on-ground or online with fieldwork requirements.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Learn more about our upcoming program information sessions.

Explore our Certificates

Disaster and Collective Trauma

Develop skills and techniques for crisis intervention, disaster management and treating various mental disorders.

Mental Health, Addictions, and the Family

Study family intervention techniques to provide critical, life-changing guidance.

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