Master of Social Work and Master of Science in Disaster Resilience Leadership Dual Degree

Although many graduate programs focus on disaster and risk management, none of them specifically target the role and development of interdisciplinary leadership. The Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy is the first academic program with a dynamic and innovative focus on effective systems and programs that instill resilience within individuals, households, and communities. Combining this with a fully accredited Master of Social Work will enable you to address the root causes of vulnerability, such as chronic poverty and social inequality, and promote social, environmental, and climate justice.

Admission Information

Applicants to Tulane’s MSW/MS-DRL program must meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate a strong performance in the junior and senior years of undergraduate study or in a postgraduate degree program or have strong employer references
  • Possess a bachelor's degree
  • A grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (preferred)

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With Tulane’s high-touch program, students focus and engage in a variety of ways. Required coursework in the core competencies teaches tangible skills to engage in disaster resilience leadership. You will develop your capacity via team projects and teaching, problem-based learning, creative simulation (e.g., table tops), field work, and electronic learning exchanges.

Course descriptions

Refer to Tulane’s class schedule to determine the availability of courses in any given semester. All DLRA courses are identified with DRLS before the course number.

Faculty & Fellows

The Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy hosts faculty and fellows who have made strides within their respective fields. They have positively affected public policy and have worked in international organizations and in leadership roles for national offices and agencies.

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