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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 around 15 credit hours per semester over 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 316 hours of actual field work each semester.

Sample Full Time Curriculum

Semester 1 - 16 Credits
SOWK 7110 Professional Foundations  1
SOWK 7120 Social Work History and Policy 3
SOWK 7130 Diversity and Social Justice: Theory and Practice 2
SOWK 7140 Introduction to Organizations and Community Practice 2
SOWK 7210 Theories of Human Behavior Across the Life Course I 2
SOWK 7310 Introduction to Direct Social Work Practice 3
SOWK 7410 Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice 3
Semester 2 - 15 Credits
SOWK 7220 Theories of Human Behavior Across the Life Course II 2
SOWK 7230 Community Organizing & Policy Advocacy: Theories and Practice 3
SOWK 7320 Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups 3
SOWK 7420 Program Evaluation 2
SOWK 7520 Field Practicum and Seminar 1 5
Semester 3 - 16 Credits
SOWK 7330 Advanced Clinical-Community Practice 5
SOWK 7430 Data Analysis and Interpretation 3
SOWK 7530 Field Practicum and Seminar 2 5
  Social Work Elective 2
Semester 4 - 13 Credits
SOWK 7440 Capstone Seminar 2
SOWK 7540 Field Practicum and Seminar 3 5
  Social Work Elective 3
  Social Work Elective 3

MSW Curriculum: Part-Time Study Program

The part-time MSW program requires around 7.5 credit hours per semester over consecutive months for a total of 60 credit hours. Each student completes 15-credit hours of field practicum, which equates to six semesters of about 160 hours of actual field work each sesmster.

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

Semester 1 - 7 credits

SOWK 7120 Social Welfare History and Policy 3
SOWK 7130 Diversity and Social Justive: Theory and Practice 2
SOWK 7210 Theories of Human Behavior Across the Life Course I 2
Semester 2 - 8 credits
SOWK 7110 Professional Foundations 1
SOWK 7140 Introduction to Organizations and Community Practice 2
SOWK 7220 Theories of Human Behavior Across the Life Course II 2
SOWK 7310 Introduction to Direct  2

Foundation Courses II

Semester 3 - 8.5 credits

SOWK 7410 Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice 3
SOWK 7320 Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups 3
SOWK 7910 Field Practicum and Seminar Part I 2.5
Semester 4 - 7.5 credits
SOWK 7230 Community Organizing and Policy Advocacy: Theories and Practice 3
SOWK 7420 Program Evaluation 2
SOWK 7920 Field Practicum and Seminar Part II 2.5

Advanced Courses I

Semester 5 - 7.5 credits

SOWK 7330 Advanced Clinical-Community Practice 5
SOWK 7930 Field Practicum and Seminar Part III 2.5
Semester 6 - 8.5 credits
SOWK 7430 Data Management, Analysis and Interpretation 3
SOWK 7940 Field Practicum and Seminar Part IV 2.5
  Social Work Elective 3

Advanced Courses I

Semester 7 - 7.5 credits

SOWK 7440 Capstone Seminar 2
SOWK 7950 Field Practicum and Seminar Part V 2.5
  Social Work Elective 3
Semester 8 - 5.5 credits
SOWK 7930 Field Practicum and Seminar Part VI 2.5
  Social Work Elective 3

For more information

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