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Tulane University Online Master of Social Work, Louisiana

Why Tulane University?

Tulane University,  a large private research university in New Orleans, Louisiana, recruits applicants to its online Master of Social Work program. Applicants to the program should hold an undergraduate degree in a liberal arts related field. 

Standardized test scores are not required, and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00  is expected.  

Program Snapshot

University Name Tulane University
Location New Orleans
State Louisiana
Niche.com Grade A+
Name of Degree Master of Social Work
School or Department Administering Program School of Social Work
Credits 60
Cost per credit $1,180.00
Tuition for Entire Program $70,800
Test Requirements No
Minimum GPA 3.00
Prerequisite Courses and Skills degree in a liberal arts related field
Campus Visit Required? No Visit Required
Typical Time to Complete 16-32 months
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring
Program Concentrations Advanced Generalist
Synchronous Classes Yes
Required Courses
  • Professional Foundations
  • Social Work History and Policy
  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Theory and Practice
  • Intro to Organizational and Community Practice
  • Theories of Human Behavior Across the Life Course I and II
  • Community, Organization and Policy Advocacy: Theories and Practice
  • Intro to Direct Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups
  • Advanced Clinical: Community Practice
  • Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice
  • Program Evaluation
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Capstone Seminar
Does the Program Include a Capstone? Yes
Does the Program Include a Practicum or Internship? Yes
Other Features that Make the Program Unique required course in data analysis and interpretation; Certificates Available in Disaster Mental Health; Trauma Studies and Family Practice
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program) Prepares students to engage in relationship-centered, clinical-community practice to enhance the biopsychosocial capacity and resilience of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities; Teaches students to value human diversity and work to promote social and economic justice; Prepares students to create and exchange responsive, community-based knowledge and research for relevant, effective, and innovative social work practice
Program Description This 60-credit program offers a comprehensive social work curriculum with opportunities for intercultural experience informed by the dynamic community of New Orleans. Synchronous classes increase opportunities for community and connection. All students must complete a practicum and a capstone seminar.

What will I Learn?

This program prepares students to engage in relationship-centered, clinical-community practice to enhance the biopsychosocial capacity and resilience of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Coursework teaches students to value human diversity and work to promote social and economic justice. Practicum and in-class learning prepares students to create and exchange responsive, community-based knowledge and research for relevant, effective, and innovative social work practice. The curriculum promotes integrative learning by drawing from and contributing to the diverse, culturally rich, inspiring, and challenging environment of New Orleans and through opportunities for intercultural experience.

Students begin the program with required courses in Professional Foundations and Social Work History and Policy. They gain a grounding in key theory in Diversity and Social Justice: Theory and Practice, and Theories of Human Behavior Across the Life Course I and II. Students learn key professional skills in Introduction to Organizational and Community Practice, Introduction to Direct Social Work Practice, Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups, and Advanced Clinical: Community Practice. Community, Organization and Policy Advocacy: Theories and Practice teaches students to be strong leaders in their practice, while all students gain the tools to contribute to the profession through Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice, Program Evaluation, and Data Analysis and Interpretation.

Students wishing to specialize further can obtain Certificates in Disaster Mental Health; Trauma Studies and Family Practice.

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 16-32 months and pay $1,180.00 per credit for a total of 60 credits, or $70,800 in total.

How does the program fit into my life?

All classes are synchronous, meaning that students meet online once or twice per week for scheduled class time. No campus visit is required. Most students complete the program within 16-32 months. Students can enter the program in Fall or Spring. 

Summary

With a cost-to-degree that is higher than many similar programs, Tulane University offers a Master of Social Work program with some advantages, including a required course in data analysis and interpretation and available certificates in Disaster Mental Health; Trauma Studies and Family Practice. Applicants may also be attracted by “live” synchronous classes allowing the opportunity for greater connection with instructors and peers. Additional funding may be available from this prestigious private university.