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Obtain your MSW in Louisiana

Obtain your MSW in Louisiana
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Noodle Staff October 26, 2018

Everyone knows about Louisiana’s great cuisine and unique culture. But some may not realize how many excellent colleges exist for those pursuing a master’s degree in social work (MSW).

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These are not just average schools, but truly superior institutions that will add value to your degree. If you’re looking to complete your MSW in the state of Louisiana, this article will outline some of the best on-campus and online options that exist in this great state.

MSW Programs in Louisiana

Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana__

Situated in lovely New Orleans, Tulane University boasts an excellent program for anyone seeking an MSW. They have received full accreditation by the Council of Social Work Education and have the honor of having been selected as one of the top 20 colleges for social work in the United States.

For full-time students, the program duration of 16 months gives opportunities for participants to enjoy plenty of learning experiences, including the potentially life-changing fieldwork assignment. This readies the student for full participation in the practice of social work upon graduation.

Students who prefer part-time hours might also consider Tulane. The part-time MSW requires eight semesters, including two summers. The program is flexible enough to accommodate students who are employed.

When you complete your MSW at Tulane University, you will be well equipped to enter the workforce. Your degree will include certification in Family Practice as well as Disaster Mental Health and Trauma Studies.

Grambling State University
Grambling, Louisiana__

Grambling State University’s MSW program appeals to students from all backgrounds who seek to further their social work education. The university is fully compliant with the Council of Social Work Accreditation standards, and has well-defined goals for its program.

Some of the goals Grambling State University hopes to meet in its MSW program include reducing human suffering in North Central Louisiana, providing advanced direct practice to individuals who need it, assisting oppressed people in that region, helping students incorporate the core values of the social work profession into practice, and making opportunities available for both faculty and staff to participate in research and obtain scholarships.

Southern University at New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana__

Another New Orleans’ gem is Southern University at New Orleans. Their MSW program has been in operation for 15 years, and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. This allows students to obtain memberships in professional social work organizations.

At Southern University’s School of Social Work, a holistic view of social work is emphasized. In addition, a high value is placed on the growth potential of the people being served. The curriculum for the MSW addresses generalist social work, which allows practitioners to positively impact the lives of the individuals with whom they work.



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Online MSW Programs in Louisiana

Tulane University MSW Online __

For students who want to fulfill their MSW requirements online, Tulane University offers an exemplary program in this area. Designed with the specific needs of New Orleans in mind, this program strives to prepare students for advanced clinical practice. Program leaders also emphasize the value of diversity and assist students with learning to stand up for social justice.

Tulane is also driven to create an atmosphere in which students will contribute to research and create their own effective social work practices. They want students to contribute to the culture of New Orleans in a positive way.

For full-time students with the necessary prerequisites, this online MSW can be completed in as little as four semesters. Part-time students can complete the online program in about eight semesters. This time also includes a relevant field-based education experience.

Arizona State University MSW Online

This Arizona State University MSW program is 100 percent online, so if you are located in Louisiana you don’t have to worry about visiting the ASU campus. Their MSW program is world-renowned and very diverse. Like the other programs we’ve listed, they have received accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education.

In this program, you will have the opportunity to participate in 960 hours of field-based education in your own geographic region, which will enrich your education and qualify you to work as a social worker. Arizona State University’s online MSW program will focus on advanced generalist practice, which will prepare you for a wide variety of opportunities in the field of social work.

Our Lady of the Lake University MSW Online __

Another option for online students is Our Lady of the Lake University, which is based in San Antonio, TX. For this particular university, online options include full-time and part-time studies. No campus visit is required to complete the online studies. People from all US states, with the exception of Delaware, are able to apply for admission.

Our Lady of the Lake University’s MSW program has a rich history, as it is nestled in the first school of social work in Texas. The program has accreditation from the Council of Social Work Education and earned the Presidential Award for Excellence from that agency in 2009. This MSW is now available online, and is ideal for a student who is located in another state and/or has regular employment.

No matter what area of Louisiana you call home, you have options for completing your MSW degree. Social workers are very valuable in today’s workforce, and anyone who feels called to this noble profession can be a great asset to their community. Whether you seek to attend college full-time, part-time, or completely online, you have plenty of opportunities to meet your needs.

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Grambling State University School of Social Work. Retrieved on Aug 25, 2018 at

Southern University at New Orleans. Retrieved on Aug 25, 2018 at

Tulane School of Social Work Online. Retrieved on Aug 25, 2018 at

Arizona State University Online. Retrieved on Aug 25, 2018 at

Council on Social Work Education. Retrieved on Aug 25, 2018 at

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