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Clinical and community-based practice

Get hands-on learning at an R1 research center located in one of the most diverse urban areas in the country: New Orleans. 

At Tulane University School of Social Work, you’ll learn from social work leaders who have developed an innovative, top-tier curriculum that emphasizes human relationships, values diversity, and promotes well-being and equitable treatment. You graduate with a passion for service, a commitment to social justice, and a deep belief in the dignity and worth of each person. And you graduate ready to apply your skills and knowledge in one of top locations to take the next step in your social work career.

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Focus on People Within Their Environments

Our students and faculty share a common focus on what matters most: people. Keeping individuals at the center of everything we do is why Tulane graduates are so effective at serving communities around the world.

Carnegie R1 Research Institution
Get hands-on research experience at an R1 school, as classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
Build a Strong Network
Connect with peers and professors in small class environments that allow for deep, lasting personal and professional relationships.
Explore Your Area of Interest
Specialize your knowledge through projects and assignments as you gain general skills to serve and support individuals, families, and communities.
Diverse Faculty, Comprehensive Experience
Get a more well-rounded education by learning alongside faculty and staff from a range of social, cultural, and educational backgrounds.
One of the Top Schools for Social Work
Ranked in the Top 30 of Best Schools for Social Work in the U.S. and fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.

Explore Our Programs


Master of Social Work (MSW)

Gain a strong foundation to support individual and community well-being. Dual-degree program options allow you to integrate social work with disaster management, public health, or law. An Advanced Standing option is available for those who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work.

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Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

Enhance your skills and leadership to expand your career into program management, applied research, nonprofit leadership, or university-based teaching. Join other working professionals who want to design, evaluate, and implement effective programs and policies in executive roles. Program Duration: 23–33 months months full time

Master of Science in Disaster Resilience Leadership

Master of Science in Disaster Resilience Leadership (MS-DRL)

Address the root causes of community vulnerability to better mitigate, prepare for, and manage disasters. The only program of its kind in the nation, the MS-DRL program provides interdisciplinary knowledge that bridges the gap between logistics and people in order to build resilient communities. Program Duration: 12–16 months full time; 24–48 months part time

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Disaster Resilience Leadership (DRL Certificate)

Strengthen your leadership and interdisciplinary skills in disaster preparedness, management, response, and recovery through a human-centered lens. This program is designed for those with a Master’s degree looking to focus their work. Program Duration: 4–8 months full time; Up to 20 months part time

The Energy of New Orleans, Anywhere in the World

Only in New Orleans

Building a career in social work is so much richer when you have a community who can celebrate your joys and empathize with your sorrows. And learning on-campus in New Orleans gives you the opportunity to get hands-on experience from the rich history of our city, as well as develop strong, meaningful one-on-one relationships with peers and professors. There’s nothing quite like learning alongside your future colleagues, co-workers, and, ultimately, friends in one of the most diverse cities in the country.

Top School, Affordable Degree

Tulane School of Social Work maintains a competitive tuition rate that is on par with many peer institutions. Through generous individual, corporate, and foundation donors, there are a number of scholarships awarded to social work students. 

For MSW Candidates: By completing your application, you will automatically be considered for merit based scholarships. We also encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, as you may be eligible for need-based scholarships.

Find Employment in Public, Private, and Non-Profit Sectors

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics*, employment of social workers is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations–12% between 2020 to 2030. For child, family, and school social workers, as well as healthcare social workers, employment is expected to grow 13%, while employment for mental health and substance abuse social workers is expected to grow even faster–15%.

Completing your social work degree in New Orleans gives you opportunities to learn about local companies and organizations where you can do work that matters. Plus, many students develop relationships with classmates who are connected to local job opportunities. Tulane graduates go on to work in mental health clinics, government organizations, non-profits, community development corporations, child welfare programs, hospitals, and schools, among other organizations.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Student testimonial

“Developing empathy and knowing what trauma is and how people experience it helps to address what they need. You don’t just think about a flooded home. You think of that person losing the place where they grew up, raised their kids, and celebrated with friends and family. When you do that, you can help them rebuild in a thoughtful way.”

Mark Rogers, II, LMSW
Capabilities Research and Development Associate, Field Operations

Online DRLA Programs

Spring Admission Deadlines
Priority to Submit
November 1st
Application Complete
December 5th
Classes Start

Online DSW

Spring Admission Deadlines
Priority to Submit
October 10th
Application Complete
November 10th
Classes Start

On Campus MSW Advanced Standing

Spring Admission Deadlines
Priority to Submit
April 1st
Application Complete
June 1st
Classes Start

Online MSW & Online MSW/MS-DRL Dual Degree

Spring Admission Deadlines
Priority to Submit
November 1st
Application Complete
December 5th
Classes Start

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