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Doctorate in Social Work

To maximize the impact of social work, Tulane established its Doctorate in Social Work degree to help practitioners continue their education and develop their leadership abilities so that they can create a more equitable world. 

The DSW is suited for social work professionals seeking rigorous training in advanced practice, professional leadership, and applied research. It is the only program of its kind in the Gulf South, and one of only a small number of DSW programs nationwide. 

Students can maintain their current professional and personal responsibilities while continuing to grow in a learning environment that is flexible, adaptable, and individually focused. With its intensive, accelerated curriculum and experiential learning model, students can satisfy all degree requirements in three years without career disruption. Interested candidates may also choose between on-campus or online options.

To prepare for executive-level positions, students learn through a curriculum that fosters critical thinking skills necessary to design, evaluate, and implement effective programs and policies. Coursework covers topics like leadership, program evaluation, pedagogy, ethics, public policy, nonprofit management, and community advocacy.

The on-ground DSW program’s Fall 2020 admissions closes on March 31, 2020. For the online program, Fall 2020 admissions are ongoing.

For more details, review the DSW admissions requirements and read our Frequently Asked Questions.