What Matters to Us?

New Orleans is a city of resilience, one committed to social justice. Here at Tulane University, we believe wholeheartedly in upholding the community spirit that keeps New Orleans moving forward. Tulane, in fact, lays claim to the distinction of having housed the first training program of social workers in the Deep South. We have had decades to build on our innovative, audacious beginning, and U.S. News & World Report ranked us in the top 14% of Best Schools for Social Work in the country. Our students are part of the reason why. Because we strive to maintain the high standard we established over a century ago, Tulane’s online Master of Social Work and Doctorate in Social Work programs are highly competitive. Below are program details and admissions requirements for each of these graduate programs.

We want to ensure that our program’s strengths will help activate the strengths of our students. The online MSW program is interested in prospective students who are driven to:

  • Provoke global changes by advocating for oppressed groups;

  • Work in disaster and trauma relief and recovery in New Orleans and beyond;

  • Actively give back to their communities; and

  • Do work that matters.

Applicants to Tulane’s online MSW program must meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate a strong performance in the junior and senior years of undergraduate study or in a postgraduate degree program, or have strong employer references
  • Possess a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in a liberal arts-related field
  • A grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (preferred)

Full-time / Part-time MSW Key Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2022 Priority Deadline
July 18, 2022
Fall 2022 Complete Deadline
August 1, 2022
Fall 2022 Classes Start
August 2022

Advanced Standing MSW Key Dates and Deadlines

Spring 2023 Priority Deadline
July 18, 2022
Spring 2023 Complete Deadline
August 1, 2022
Spring 2023 Classes Start
January 2023

Submit your application by the priority deadline to be eligible for a $500 scholarship. If admitted, the scholarship award will be applied to your first semester’s tuition.

Program Details

The online and on-campus Traditional MSW programs can be completed on a flexible timeline. Students choose one of three tracks based on which one works best for them:

  • Traditional Full-Time Track: 4 Semesters (16 Months)
  • Traditional Part-Time Track: 8 Semesters (32 Months)

Specialize your expertise by adding a certificate to your MSW (optional):

Advanced Standing status is available to applicants who possess a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), allowing them to earn an MSW in three full-time semesters (12 months). To qualify for Advanced Standing, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • 3.0 GPA in all undergraduate substantive courses
  • B+ average in the field practicum

Learn more about our upcoming program information sessions here.

MSW Application Requirements

We invite prospective applicants to visit https://tssw.tulane.edu/tulane-school-social-work-admission-application to begin and submit an application.

Applicants’ resumes (or curriculum vitae) should list their relevant work experience, internships, research, awards, and/or publications, as well as educational history. Resumes can be uploaded in the Resume section of the application portal.

In the typewritten and double-spaced Statement of Purpose essay, the applicant should address the following questions and topics:

  • The origin and development of their interest in social work as a professional, including any significant influences or experiences.
  • What personal qualifications they bring to the classroom and social work practice. Any limitations that might affect their ability to practice social work.
  • Discuss the way in which they have handled a social experience or personal situation that has had a significant emotional impact on them. How did that experience contributed to their knowledge of themselves and others.
  • Discuss their experience working with multicultural populations other than their own identified race, religion or background.

A minimum of two Letters of Recommendation (LORs) must be received. The recommenders will submit the letters of recommendation directly into the application portal. Applicants should select two individuals who know them well and have agreed to write a recommendation. As an applicant, keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • If you are presently working or have been engaged in volunteer work in human services, one letter should be submitted by your supervisor or employer.
  • If you are currently a student, two (2) letters should be submitted by a faculty advisor or professor in your major area.
  • NO personal references (family, friends, social acquaintances, co-workers) will be accepted.
  • We ask applicants to please have on hand the name, title, professional email address, phone number and relationship of each recommender.

If the applicant suspects that any portion of his or her application package may present an area of concern (e.g. poor grades), or if the applicant would like to offer more information to the faculty regarding a unique situation (e.g. a large gap in his or her resume), then the applicant should consider submitting an optional statement.

Applicants will need to complete the education history section in their online applications. Transcripts for their three most recent bachelor or post-bachelor institutions (domestic and international) should be entered, and must be received prior to going to review. Important notes:

  • Unofficial copies of transcripts can be uploaded to an application as PDF files. Applicants upload one PDF transcript for each school that they have attended.
  • Official transcripts must be sent and received by a university representative.
  • Transfer credits on transcripts:
  • Official transcripts from the institution where credits were obtained must be submitted in order for credits to be reviewed for transfer. Only credits earned within the previous five years are eligible for transfer.
  • Course descriptions and syllabi for courses applicants wish to transfer must be sent to onlinemsw@tulane.edu for the Online MSW and msw@tulane.edu

International transcripts:

  • WES: International transcripts will need to be evaluated to show equivalency of the U.S. four-year degree. Applicants are asked to please include a WES evaluation with their transcripts.

Applicants may submit their transcripts either electronically or through traditional mail:

Tulane University School of Social Work
Admissions Department
127 Elk Place
New Orleans, LA 70112

If an applicant’s native language is not English and the applicant does not have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university, he or she will be required to submit a valid score from the TOEFL a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 90 on the Internet-based test.

Upcoming MSW Webinars

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
7:00 pm CST
MSW Program Overview and Student Spotlight Webinar
Join our MSW enrollment team and current MSW students to learn more about Tulane’s MSW programs, the online student experience, and how to craft a strong application for graduate school. There will also be time to ask questions about the program, what it’s like to be an online student at TSSW, and the admissions process.

Online MSW/MS DRL Dual Degree

We are excited to announce that the Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Science in Disaster Resilience Leadership (MS-DRL) dual degree is now offered online.

Communities need capable and compassionate leaders to help them prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters. This program prepares students to launch extraordinary careers as social workers who possess interdisciplinary training in disaster resilience. The unique curriculum develop leaders to create of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.