School of Social Work

Mailing Address:

School of Social Work
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: (504) 865-5314

Dean: Ronald Marks

Tulane School of SocialWork MissionStatement

The mission of the Tulane MSW Program is to educate future social workers to:

  1. engage in dynamic clinical-community practice that is relationship centered, evidence informed, and empowerment focused
  2. enhance biopsychosocial capacity and resilience of individuals, families, groups, and communities, with particular attention to the impact of social injustice and oppression
  3. create and exchange responsive, community-based knowledge and research for relevant, contemporary, and innovative social work practice


The Southern School of Social Science and Public Services was the first training program for social workers in the Deep South. Under the sponsorship of the Kingsley Settlement house, a group of Tulane social science faculty offered the first classes in social welfare in 1914. Sponsored by grants from the American Red Cross, a formal one-year program was implemented in 1921. By 1927, with funding from a Rockefeller grant, the school became a separate program with a two-year curriculum qualifying students for the Master of Arts. In 1935, the university established the degree of Master of Social Work. The School has since awarded the Master’s degree to more than 5,000 students from all 50 of the United States and from over 40 countries.

Programs ofStudy

The School currently offers the Master of Social Work, a 60 credit (4 semesters full time and 8 semesters part time) program leading to the MSW. Working with the Undergraduate College, the school offers an interdisciplinary major and minor in “Social Policy and Practice” within the School of Liberal Arts. This new program is based on a social justice model.

Programs Offered