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tulane school of social work

Clinical and community-based practice

Affect change by recognizing and building upon personal, cultural, and community strengths that engage healing and growth. The Tulane University School of Social Work offers a curriculum that emphasizes human relationships, values diversity, and promotes well-being and equitable treatment.

Whether you opt to study online or on-campus, you will gain an innovative, top-tier education from leaders in the social work field. You graduate ready to apply your knowledge and skills in your community at any level, with a passion for service, a commitment to social justice, and a deep belief in the dignity and worth of each person.

Talk with an enrollment advisor and get all your questions answered! Call 504-252-0883 Monday through Friday from 8AM to 6PM CST if you prefer to talk with an enrollment advisor.

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.

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.
The Energy of New Orleans, Anywhere in the World

The Energy of New Orleans, Anywhere in the World

Whether you decide to study on campus or online, you’ll learn from experts who have lived and worked in one of the most diverse areas in the country: New Orleans. Faculty pass on their real-life lessons in innovation and advocacy gained from the rich history of our city. So, no matter where you are learning, you’ll gain the cultural competency and creativity needed to influence change in communities of all kinds.


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

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 online or in person gives you more opportunities to do work that matters. 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 MSW & Online MSW/MS-DRL Dual Degree

Spring Admission Deadlines
Priority to Submit
November 21, 2022
Application Complete
December 19, 2022
Classes Start
January 2023

Online MSW & Online MSW/MS-DRL Dual Degree

Summer Admission Deadlines
Priority to Submit
March 1, 2023
Application Complete
April 15, 2023
Classes Start
May 2023

Online MSW & Online MSW/MS-DRL Dual Degree

Fall Admission Deadlines
Priority to Submit
June 1, 2023
Application Complete
July 25, 2023
Classes Start
August 2023

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