Become a Leader for Social Change

Tulane University’s School of Social Work has a century-long commitment of training social workers and empowering leaders to serve in diverse communities in New Orleans. In an effort to maximize the impact within Louisiana and beyond, Tulane established the online Doctorate in Social Work to help practitioners seeking a path toward leadership have the opportunity to continue their education and goal of creating a more equitable world. Students prepare for executive-level positions through a curriculum developed to foster the critical thinking skills that are necessary to design, evaluate and implement effective programs and policies. The DSW program is unique because students learn from faculty and peers who have firsthand knowledge of living and learning with the people and communities in the resilient city of New Orleans. While maintaining their current professional and personal responsibilities, students can continue to learn and study in a learning environment that is flexible, adaptable, and individually focused.

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Est. Time to Complete:

3 years

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Key Dates and Deadlines

Please contact our enrollment team at or (504) 252-0883 to learn more about upcoming Online DSW dates and deadlines.

DSW Online Degree Program Goals

The Tulane University School of Social Work’s online Doctorate in Social Work Program:

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Trains students to have an in-depth mastery of a selected area of scholarship directly relevant to social work practice, including social welfare policy and services
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Teaches students to use evidence-based decisions to design, implement, and improve the quality of social services
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Equips practitioners with a deeper understanding of the critical thinking required in reviewing secondary research and the research methods needed for program evaluation
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Provides additional training for those clinicians who want to extend their expertise into program management, applied research, nonprofit leadership, or university-based teaching
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 few as seven semesters or 3 years


Required DSW Coursework

We invite prospective students to review the required coursework here.


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.


Immersion Experience

Every DSW student is also required to attend an immersion weekend in New Orleans. This integral part of the degree program allows students to meet with their classmates, peers, and faculty and experience the dynamic and vibrant city of New Orleans. The immersion experience and the rest of the curriculum are mutually supportive so that students can maximize their Tulane DSW experience, building a network of fellow social workers and people working for social justice to work with and learn from long past the date you receive your degree.