Enroll On Campus or Online
Tulane provides students with an unparalleled education, whether they’re enrolled online or on campus. Online and on-campus courses incorporate a variety of learning experiences, including team projects, problem-based learning, creative simulation, and fieldwork, to form a truly clinical-community curriculum based on relationship-centered practice. Both online and on-campus students have access to Tulane’s top-tier social work faculty, expansive fieldwork opportunities, and the School of Social Work’s full suite of student resources. The only difference between the on-campus and online experiences is where you study.
Study Part Time or Full Time
The MSW program offers part-time and full-time options to both online and on-campus students. We designed our part-time MSW specifically with working professionals in mind, as it offers a lighter course load and flexible class times that allow students to earn the degree without impeding their careers. Part-time students take two to three courses per semester and can graduate in 32 months. Full-time students, on the other hand, experience a heavier course load, with four to five courses per semester, but can graduate in as little as 16 months.
Have a BSW? Consider Advanced Standing
Students who have earned their Bachelor of Social Work from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited program within the last five years may qualify for Advanced Standing, allowing them to complete their MSW either online or on campus at an accelerated pace. Full-time Advanced Standing students can graduate in 12 months, while part-time Advanced Standing students can graduate in 24 months.
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Full-Time Advanced Standing
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Part-Time Advanced Standing
Specialize Your Degree
Tulane’s School of Social Work is committed to offering students an opportunity to tailor their MSW to their needs — not just in terms of time commitment or program format but also in how they specialize the degree.
- The Disaster and Collective Trauma certificate prepares students to treat the psychological consequences of disasters and crises.
- The Mental Health, Addictions, and Family certificate equips students to stand with individuals and families struggling with adversity.
We encourage MSW students interested in a career in disaster resilience to consider the MSW and Master of Science in Disaster Resilience Leadership (MS-DRL) dual degree. This five-semester program, offered online and on campus, gives students the skills to help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and human-made disasters. Through an interdisciplinary curriculum, students learn to create and implement effective resilience programs and empowerment-centered social services to address the needs of individuals, families, and communities.
For information about our Dual MSW/MPH and MSW/JD programs, available on campus, visit our school website.
- Two certificate-related elective courses
- Certificate-focused field placement
- Additional certificate-specific requirements
- 51 credit hours in social work
- 24 credit hours in disaster resilience leadership studies
- Field placement in an area related to the student’s interest