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Advanced Standing

Applicants who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree within the past five years from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program may be granted Advanced Standing, enabling them to qualify for a MSW in three semesters of full-time study or six semesters of part-time study.

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Number of Credits:


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Est. Time to Complete:

Full-time 12 months; Part-time 24 months

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Cost per Credit:


Key Dates and Deadlines

Spring 2025

Fall Advanced Standing
Early Submit
May 1, 2024
Priority Submit
June 1, 2024
Final Submit
July 1, 2024
Start of Classes


You must possess the following to be considered for the Tulane University Advanced Standing Master of Social Work Program

Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 point scale

3.0 GPA in all undergraduate substantive courses

At least a B+ average in their field practicum

Final Field Evaluation from BSW to TSSW Field Placement Office

BSW awarded in the last five years

Additional Information Required for Admission

In addition to submitting an online application for admission to the Online MSW Advanced Standing program applicants must also submit the following documents or information:

Applicants are required to submit a typewritten essay covering the material below.

  • 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 you. How did this experience contribute to their knowledge of themselves and others?
  • Discuss their experience working with multicultural populations other than their own identified race, religion or background.

It should be similar in structure to one the applicant would submit for employment.

One copy of the official transcript from each college/university attended. Transcript(s) must be in sealed envelopes with the registrar’s signature across the seal.

Two (2) letters of reference/recommendation are required. The applicant should select three individuals who know him or her well and have agreed to write a reference/recommendation for the applicant. If the applicant is presently working or has been engaged in volunteer work in human services, one letter should be submitted by the applicant’s supervisor or employer. If the applicant is currently a student, two (2) letters should be submitted by a faculty advisor or professor in the applicant’s major area.

Field Placement Requirement

The minimum number of field placement hours required per semester is:

316 hours or roughly 24 hours per week, for full-time students

158 hours or roughly 12 hours per week, for part-time students

Coursework Schedule:

Semester 1: 15 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
SOWK 7220Theories of Human Behavior Across the Life Course II2
SOWK 7230Community Organizing and Policy Advocacy: Theories and Practice3
SOWK 7320Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups3
SOWK 7420Program Evaluation2
SOWK 7520Field Practicum and Seminar 15

Semester 2: 16 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
SOWK 7330Advanced Clinical-Community Practice5
SOWK 7430Data Analysis and Interpretation3
SOWK 7530Field Practicum and Seminar 25
TBDSW Elective3

Semester 3: 13 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
SOWK 7440Capstone Seminar2
SOWK 7480Field Practicum and Seminar5
TBDSW Elective3
TBDSW Elective3

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Online MSW/MS DRL Dual Degree

We 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.