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MSW Admissions

MSW Admissions Admission to the Master of Social Work program is highly competitive and limited to graduates of accredited colleges and university who have completed a well-rounded liberal arts program that included study in the humanities, social sciences, and human biology or related science.


  • A grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale is preferred.
  • Applicants with less than a 3.0 may be considered if able to document a high level of academic ability through a recent Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum score of 144 Quantitative and 156 Verbal.
  • A strong performance in the junior and senior years of undergraduate study or in a postgraduate degree program, or strong employer references.
  • The GRE is not required of candidates with a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Advanced Standing

Applicants who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree within the past five years from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program may be granted Advanced Standing, enabling them to qualify for a MSW in three semesters of full-time study.


  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 point scale,
  • 3.0 GPA in all undergraduate substantive courses is required.
  • Advanced Standing applicants must also have at least a B+ average in their field practicum.


The deadline to complete an application is March 31st. This deadline includes all applicants for the 16-month program, the 32-month part-time program, and Advanced Standing program.

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In addition to submitting an online application for admission to TSSW applicants must also submit the following documents or information:

  • Personal Essay - Five (5) to ten (10) double-spaced typewritten page. Essay guidelines are located here.
  • Resume - It should be similar in structure to one you would submit for employment.
  • Official Transcript(s) - One copy of official transcript from each college/university attended. Transcript(s) must be in sealed envelopes with the Registrar's signature across seal.
  • References/Recommendations - Three (3) letters of reference/recommendation are required. Please select three individuals who know you well and have agreed to write a reference/recommendation for you. If you are presently working or have been engaged in volunteer work in human services, one letter should be submitted by your supervisor or employer. If you are currently a student, two (2) letters should be submitted by a faculty advisor or professor in your major area.


Reference/recommendation letters can be submitted via the application web site, or via U.S. mail to Tulane School of Social Work, 127 Elk Place, New Orleans, LA, 70112. All letters must be on official letterhead and signed by the writer.

Advanced Standing students must also submit their final field/internship evaluation signed by the student and supervisor.