The Tulane University School of Social Work is a beacon of hope for anyone with the audacity to challenge the status quo and fight for people who have fallen through the cracks of society. The Master of Social Work is committed to extending the School of Social Work experience to any student who wants to do work that matters, offering a variety of program options so students across the country can study at Tulane.
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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.

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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.

A part-time calendar

Full-Time MSW
(on campus or online)

16 months

A full-time calendar

Part-Time MSW
(online only)

32 months

A full-time calendar

Full-Time Advanced Standing
(on campus or online)

12 months

A part-time calendar

Part-Time Advanced Standing
(online only)

24 months

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.

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Students enrolled in the MSW program can choose to earn a certificate during the course of their program to specialize their expertise in the helping profession. We offer two specialized certificates:

  • 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.

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Dual Degrees

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.

A certificate


  • Two certificate-related elective courses
  • Certificate-focused field placement
  • Additional certificate-specific requirements
A degree


  • 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