School of Social Work Tulane University

School of Social Work Tulane University

New Orleans, LA
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March 31
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Exemplary Training in Social Work Practice at Tulane University

The School of Social Work at Tulane University is one of the oldest and most esteemed schools of social work in the United States. It trains future social workers to provide "clinical-community" and "relationship-centered" practice to diverse populations.

The school offers a Master of Social Work (MSW) program that consists of rigorous theoretical learning and excellent field education. The program also provides degrees with specialized graduate certificates as well as dual degree options.

Recognized nationally for its high standards in social work education, the school has received full accreditation from the Council on Clinical Social Work since 1927 -- the first year that the organization awarded accreditations. In addition, "US News and World Report's" guide ranks the graduate program in social work at Tulane University at 44, which places it in the top 25% of the programs that were evaluated.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

The MSW program provides clinical and community training that addresses the needs of communities, individuals, families, groups, and organizations. The program can be completed over 16 consecutive months during four semesters of full-time study or 32 months of part-time study.

Its clinical-community curriculum, which consists of 60 credits including 15 credits of field work, provides a variety of learning experiences such as creative simulation, electronic learning exchanges, and team teaching.

Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health -- GCHB

The School of Social Work and the Department of Global Community Health Sciences and Behavioral Sciences (GCHB) in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine together offer a combined degree: a Master of Public Health (MPH) and an MSW.

The MSW/MPH -- GCHB program consists of 75 credits of coursework and 15 credits of field instruction. It begins in the fall semester and requires at least 5 consecutive semesters of study including a summer session.

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

This dual degree is a partnership of two programs within the Tulane School of Social Work. Through this five-semester academic program, a graduate student can prepare for a career in social work as well as receive interdisciplinary training in disaster resilience and global humanitarian leadership.

The competencies achieved upon completion of the dual degree allow the student to fill a professional role in the planning, management, and delivery of human services within communities vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters. The MSW/MS in Disaster Resilience Leadership dual degree program is designed for motivated students wishing to pursue a career that supports the capacity of vulnerable populations to address the root causes of humanitarian crises.

Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor

Tulane University also offers an MSW and JD dual degree program that can be completed in 4 years and 10 semesters (including summers). During the first 3 semesters, students complete coursework in the School of Social Work. They take courses in the Law School during the 4th and 5th semesters.

The 6th semester consists of coursework in social work, while the 7th includes courses in both schools. The 8th, 9th, and 10th semesters include coursework in the law school.

Master of Social Work With a Certificate in Disaster Mental Health & Trauma Studies

The 60-credit MSW program with a certificate in disaster mental health provides advanced study in social work as well as specialized courses in crisis intervention, disaster management, and treatment methods for particular mental disorders.

The curriculum also includes a capstone project that leads to an effective "mental health product, policy, or program in the community." Furthermore, it provides internships in crisis or post-crisis recovery settings.

Master of Social Work With a Certificate in Family Practice

The Tulane School of Social Work offers one of only a handful of family practice certificate programs in the United States. The program involves a rigorous combination of coursework, family practice-related field placements, and a family-based professional project.

This program, affiliated with and funded by the Porter-Cason Institute, was developed as a result of a large private contribution from a Tulane MSW alumnus for the purpose of training advanced family practitioners. This gift helps the school to fund lectures from local and national experts as well as facilitate in the advanced training of counselors in our community, many of whom will be supervising students during their field placements. Many of these resources will represent an exciting integral part of the unique training students receive.

Master of Social Work With a Certificate in Global Social Work

The MSW program with a certificate in global social work prepares students for professional practice in multi-cultural settings and with diverse populations throughout the world.

The curriculum has a global focus and emphasizes training in international policies and work with governments, multinational organizations, and non-profits. It also involves internships in settings in United States and abroad. Students gain expertise with advocacy, community mobilization, monitoring and evaluation, policy development, and project development and management.

Accomplished Faculty Members

The faculty members in the School of Social Work are scholars, teachers, mentors, and practitioners who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom.

Professor Charles R. Figley, PhD, has published 20 books and more than 110 journal articles that reported on over 35 research projects regarding stress and resiliency in families, individuals, and communities. Dr. Catherine Burnette's area of focus is working with indigenous communities on the relationships between historical oppression, family violence, and mental health disparities while Dr. Reggie Parquet's teaching expertise is in practice, research and field seminar with primary research interests in substance abuse intervention and treatment of at-risk, inner city children, families, and communities utilizing a strengths perspective and capacity building.

Research in the School of Social Work

Scholarly research is an essential component of the School of Social Work and its MSW curricula. Faculty members and students conduct research that advances social work theory and practice and contributes to the well-being of individuals, families, and communities on a global scale.

Their research spans an extensive range of topics including homelessness, children and disaster, public health in African nations, and innovations in social work education.

Historic and Vibrant Campus Setting

Tulane University is located in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the southern region of the United States.

This historic city is recognized internationally for its music, cuisine, and spectacular events like Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest. It also has world-class museums, a variety of shopping venues, culturally-diverse neighborhoods, and several professional sports teams.

Tulane provides an active community that has numerous student organizations, recreational pursuits, cultural activities, and enrichment programs. The School of Social Work is located just a few steps off Canal Street in the central business district in a newly opened, art-of-the-state building, which is adjacent to the French Quarter and the Mississippi River.

Tulane University

Established in 1834, Tulane University offers more than 13,300 students undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs in architecture, business, law, liberal arts, medicine, public health and tropical medicine, the sciences and engineering, and social work.

As one of the most esteemed independent research universities in the country, Tulane is renowned for its unparalleled commitment to academic excellence.

In fact, "US News and World Report" gives Tulane a ranking of 51 among the nation's leading national universities. The magazine also ranks it among the top 27 schools for service learning, 12th among Up-and-Coming schools, and 33rd in its High School Counselor's Picks.

Location & Contact

School of Social Work

Tulane University

6823 St Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118-5669
United States

Dr. Ronald Marks


Phone: 504-865-5314
Fax: 504-862-8727

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Social Work Doctor of Social Work (DSW)
      Master of Social Work (MSW)
    • Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work (JD/MSW)
      Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH)
    • Disaster Resilience Leadership Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
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  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $25
    • Application Fee - International $25
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
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    • Fall deadline March 31st Not Reported Yes
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Tuition & Fees

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    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study