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 schedules.

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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:


Key Dates and Deadlines

Spring Priority Application Deadline
November 23, 2020
Spring Application Complete Deadline
December 14, 2020
Spring Classes Start
January 19, 2021
GRE Required

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. Prospective students can also view a typical breakdown of how they can expect to dedicate their time to the program each week.


Flexible Curriculum Schedules and Settings

Designed with working students in mind, the MSW program offers flexible 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 948 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

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
7:00 pm CT
Online MSW Application and Program Overview Webinar
Join our webinar with the Online MSW enrollment team and student support to learn how to create a strong application for graduate school as well as ask any questions you may have about the Online MSW program and admissions process.

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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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Learn more about our upcoming program information sessions.
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