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Master's Degree in Social Work

There is no more exciting time to be part of the renowned Tulane School of Social Work or of the intriguing city of New Orleans than at this moment. Fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education and ranked in the top 20 schools of social work in the country, Tulane School of Social Work offers a "clinical-community" curriculum based on relationship-centered practice. This course of study is designed to offer the best of class in clinical and community training that addresses the unique needs of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Students in the program enjoy a variety of learning experiences, including traditional and non-traditional class experiences. Team projects, problem-based learning, creative simulation, team teaching, field work, and electronic learning exchanges are just some of the enriching experiences you will enjoy while fulfilling the requirements for the Master of Social Work.

Your Future with Tulane School of Social Work

You may complete the required 60-hour class and field curriculum through three options:

  1. Full-time 16-month program over four semesters: fall, spring, summer, and final fall semester
  2. Part-time program over eight semesters include two summer semesters
  3. Joint degree programs with the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (MSW/MPH), the Tulane Law School (MSW/JD) and with TSSW's program in Disaster Resilience Leadership Studies (DRLS).

MSW Curriculum: Full-Time Study Program

The full-time MSW program requires 15 credit hours per semester over 14-16 consecutive months for a total of 60 credit hours. Each student completes 15-credit hours of field practicum, which equates to three semesters of 330 hours of actual field work each semester.

Sample Full Time Curriculum

Fall - 16 Credits
SOWK 7110 Professional Foundations  1
SOWK 7120 Social Work History and Policy 3
SOWK 7210 Theory I 2
SOWK 7410 Tools I 3
SOWK 7310 Intro to Direct Social Work Practice 3
SOWK 7140 Intro to Organization and Community Practice 2
SOWK 7130 Diversity and Social Justice 2
Spring - 16 Credits
SOWK 7320 Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups 3
SOWK 7230 Community Organizing and Policy Advocacy 3
SOWK 7220 Theory II 2
SOWK 7420 Tools II 2
SOWK 7520 Field Practicum I - 22 field placement hours & field seminar 5
Summer - 15 Credits
SOWK 7330 Advanced Methods 5
SOWK 7430 Data Management, Analysis and Interpretation 3
SOWK 7530 Field Practicum II - 22 field placement hours & field seminar 5
  SW Elective 2
Fall - 14 Credits
SOWK 7440 Capstone Seminar 2
SOWK 7480 Professional Project 3
SOWK 7540 Field Practicum III - 22 field placement hours & field seminar 5
  SW Elective 2
  SW Elective 2

MSW Curriculum: Part-Time Study Program

Our part-time program requires 60 credit hours. Students can complete the program in two options:

  • Eight semesters (32 months with 6 part-time field placements)
  • or four part-time semesters and two full-time semesters (24 months with 2 part-time and 2 full-time field placements).

Note: Starting Fall I, you are required to have at least one weekday each week available for field placement*.

Foundation Courses I

First Semester -- Spring I -- 2016 (Credit Hours -- 7.5)

SOWK 7110 Professional Foundations .5
SOWK 7120 Social Welfare History and Policy 3
SOWK 7130 Diversity and Social Justice 2
SOWK 7210 Theory I 2
Second Semester -- Summer I -- 2016 (Credit Hours -- 7.5)
SOWK 7110 Professional Foundations .5
SOWK 7310 Intro to Direct Social Work Practice 3
SOWK 7220 Theory II 2
SOWK 7140 Intro to Organization and Community Practice 2

Foundation Courses II

Third Semester -- Fall I -- 2016 (Credit Hours -- 8.5)

SOWK 7410 Tools I 3
SOWK 7320 Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups 3
SOWK 7910 Field Practicum I - 11 field placement hours & field seminar 2.5
Fourth Semester -- Spring II -- 2017 (Credit Hours -- 7.5)
SOWK 7420 Tools II 2
SOWK 7230 Community Organizing and Policy Advocacy 3
SOWK 7920 Field Practicum II - 11 field placement hours & field seminar 2.5

Advanced Courses I

Fifth Semester -- Summer II -- 2017 (Credit Hours -- 7.5)

SOWK 7330 Advanced Methods 5
SOWK 7930 Field Practicum III - 11 field placement hours & field seminar 2.5
Sixth Semester -- Fall II -- 2017 (Credit Hours -- 7.5)
SOWK 7430 Data Management, Analysis and Interpretation 3
SOWK 7940 Field Practicum IV - 11 field placement hours & field seminar 2.5
  Elective 2
Seventh Semester -- Spring III -- 2018 (Credit Hours -- 6.5)
SOWK 7440 Capstone Seminar 2
SOWK 7950 Field Practicum V - 11 field placement hours & field seminar 2.5
  Elective 2
Eighth Semester -- Summer III -- 2018 (Credit Hours -- 7.5 hours)
SOWK 7480 Professional Project 3
SOWK 7960 Field Practicum VI - 11 field placement hours & field seminar 2.5
  SW Elective 2

For more information

Contact the School at 504-865-5314 or via email at msw@tulane.edu.