Master of Social Work Admissions

Whether you're on campus or online, our fully accredited MSW program will give you a taste of New Orleans. The strong character, inclusive culture, and warm community of Tulane School of Social Work delivers clinical, community, and policy-based practice training that will prepare you to do work that matters. Take this program full-time or part-time, plus add a focus area with no additional credits!


Program Enrollment Options Term Start
Degree Type
Accelerated (16 months)
Part-Time (2.5 years)
MSW - Traditional Online
On Campus -- -- --
MSW - Advanced Standing Online
On Campus -- -- --



Applicants to Tulane’s MSW program must meet the following requirements:

  1. A strong performance in undergraduate or postgraduate study or strong employer references.
  2. A bachelor's degree. An official transcript listing your bachelor's degree with the conferral date is required.
  3. A grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (preferred).

Applicants to the Master of Social Work program must submit the following documents with their electronic application:

  • Statement of Interest - Three to five double-spaced pages that should address the following:
    1. Trace the origin and development of your interest in social work as a professional, including any significant influences or experiences.
    2. What qualifications do you bring to the classroom and social work practice? Do you have any limitations that might affect your ability to practice social work, that you would like to disclose?
    3. Discuss your experience working with populations other than your own. This may include gender identity, race, religion, socioeconomic and/or cultural background. 
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) - If you are unsure how to format your resume, feel free to reference our guide.
  • Official Transcript(s) - One copy of official transcript(s) from each Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral level institution you have attended. To be considered official, a transcript (1) must be sent directly from your institution to Tulane School of Social Work and (2) must show completion of coursework required for the degree, the degree earned, and the date of degree conferral. 
    • If your overall GPA from your undergraduate degree-granting institution is 3.0 or higher, you are not required to submit transcripts from institutions where you received transfer credit toward your Bachelor's degree.
  • References/Recommendations - A minimum of two (2) Letters of Recommendation (LORs) must be received from the recommenders through the application portal. Please note that NO personal references (family, friends, social acquaintances, co-workers) will be accepted. Applicants should select at least two academic or professional references from the following categories:
    • Professors
    • Academic mentors
    • Employers or supervisors


On-Campus Programs (Traditional & Advanced Standing)*
Early Submission Deadline March 1
Priority Deadline April 1
Final Submission Deadline June 1

*Please note that our traditional on-campus students begin in the Fall, while advanced standing on-campus students begin in the Spring.


Fall Online Programs (Full-Time & Part-Time)
  Traditional Advanced Standing
Early Submission Deadline May 1 February 1
Priority Deadline June 1 March 1
Final Submission Deadline July 1 April 5


Spring Online Programs (Full-Time & Part-Time)
  Traditional Advanced Standing
Early Submission Deadline October 1 May 1
Priority Deadline November 1 June 1
Final Submission Deadline December 5 July 1


Summer Online Programs (Full-Time & Part-Time)
  Traditional Advanced Standing
Early Submission Deadline February 1 October 1
Priority Deadline March 1 November 1
Final Submission Deadline April 5 December 5


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.

Advanced standing requirements include:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 point scale,
  2. 3.0 GPA in all undergraduate substantive courses is required.
  3. B+ average in their field practicum.

Transfer Credit

The MSW can only accept transfer credits from other MSW programs that were accredited by the Council on Social Work Education at the time the student attended. Review our Transfer Credit Policy here.