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Why Tulane University?

Earning a Master of Social Work from Tulane University means entering a partnership with a university that takes its role seriously. As an integral part of the New Orleans community, Tulane’s faculty, staff and students understand that preparing future social workers to engage in competent, ethical, community-led practices is of utmost importance. Tulane’s School of Social Work—its priorities, its curriculum, its projects and its people—has been shaped by New Orleans’ incredible strength and defiant uniqueness. And the School of Social Work has had an impressively long time to be shaped. Our doors opened earlier than any other social worker training program in the Deep South, over a century ago.

Who Should Earn an MSW from Tulane?

Our students recognize the value of a Master of Social Work degree that embodies both prestige and heart. Not only is Tulane part of a select group of leading research universities in the United States and Canada called the Association of American Universities, as well as the winner of five distinctions from the Princeton Review in 2014—including Happiest Students (No. 4), Great College Towns (No. 2), Best in the Southeast and Colleges with a Conscience)—but we consider even more important our longtime commitment to ideals and practices that can’t be quantified on a list.

An integral part of our program—both online and on the ground—is direct work with the surrounding community. New Orleans and its grassroots response to disaster deserve to be studied and emulated elsewhere around the globe. Our students follow social justice principles and the guidelines of culturally relevant social work to work with communities, learn from their strengths and help advocate for them. When individuals come to Tulane to study social work, a major part of the example that they seek is New Orleans itself. We know that, and that is why the city’s creativity, innovation and culture are baked right into our online program.  

Why an MSW from Tulane University?

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A Focus on Strengths

Tulane’s MSW program places a firm and unwavering emphasis on noting the strengths of a community and building on those. All students become intimately familiar with the detailed practice of culturally relevant social work, which insists on approaching people and communities as equals with a right to self-determination. Coming from a place of strength means championing social justice and advocacy, learning to integrate cultural contexts into the practice of social work and, above all, listening.  

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An Impressive Legacy

Tulane is as proud of its rich history as it is of its roots. The institution was founded in 1834 as the Medical College of Louisiana and, in 1914, opened the first training school for social workers in the Deep South. We’re as excited about the legacy we’re building right now, and when students join us, they become part of that storied legacy.

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A Place at the Heart of a One-of-a-Kind City

The food. The art. The music. New Orleans is rightly known for being tops in a lot of regards. Most importantly to us is its ongoing display of resilience. We stand in awe of this city, we are influenced by it, and we are honored to have a place at its heart, geographically and otherwise.

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