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 interests. Students are empowered to apply their coursework to areas of social work that interest them most. For instance, an MSW candidate that is interested in school social work can choose adolescents as the focus of a human behavior assignment or indigenous communities as the focus of a diversity and social justice assignment. The coursework is structured in a way that you have the option of starting to refine your specialization as you go through the generalist curriculum.

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Number of Credits:


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Est. Time to Complete:

Traditional program: Full-time 16 months, Part-time 32 months
Advanced Standing program: Full-time 12 months; Part-time 24 months

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Cost per Credit:


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

Spring 2023 Priority Deadline
November 21, 2022
Spring 2023 Complete Deadline
December 19, 2022
Spring 2023 Classes Start
January 2023

Advanced Standing MSW Key Dates and Deadlines

Summer 2023 Priority Deadline
November 21, 2022
Summer 2023 Complete Deadline
December 19, 2022
Summer 2023 Classes Start
May 2023

Program Goals

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

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Prepares students to engage in relationship-centered, clinical-community practice to enhance the biopsychosocial capacity and resilience of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities;
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Teaches students to value human diversity and work to promote social and economic justice;
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Prepares students to create and exchange responsive, community-based knowledge and research for relevant, effective, and innovative social work practice; and
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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.
Dean Bornick

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 14% of Best Schools for Social Work in the U.S., 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.


Curriculum Schedules and Settings

Designed with working students in mind, the MSW program offers 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 900 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.

Upcoming MSW Webinars

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
7:00 pm CST
MSW Program Overview & Student Spotlight Webinar
Join the TSSW enrollment team to learn more about our MSW programs and get advice on how to create a strong application for graduate school. An MSW student will be joining to give attendees a firsthand look at what it’s like to be a student at Tulane. Time will be reserved for questions about the program, application process, and student experience.

Explore Our Programs

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Traditional Program

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

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

Learn more about our upcoming program information sessions.
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Online MSW/MS-DRL Dual Degree

Are you ready to help your community and organizations prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters?

Explore Our Certificates

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Disaster and Collective Trauma

Develop skills and techniques for crisis intervention, disaster management and treating various mental disorders.
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Mental Health, Addictions, and the Family

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