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Doctorate in Social Work


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1)  Are the GREs required for admission?

No. Applicants do not need to take the GREs.

For non-native English speakers, TOEFL scores should be submitted. Acceptable TOEFL scores are 600 for the paper version, 120 for the computer version and 95 or the web version.


2) What does it cost to attend the DSW Program?

Exact tuition rates will vary annually, and will depend on the exact number of credits for which a student is registered. For the 2014-2015 academic year, tuition for the School of Social Work will be $925 per credit hour.

Students will typically take 27 credit hours each year for the first two years of school, and two credits in their final year.

Sample DSW tuition with 2014-2015 rates

Year 1:     $24,975

Year 2:     $24,975

Year 3:     $1,850

TOTAL     $51,800


3) Does the DSW Program offer fellowships or assistantships to defray the cost of tuition?

The DSW Program does not offer any full-tuition fellowships or assistantships for students. Typically, doctoral fellowships are awarded to "residential" students, meaning those students who attend class full-time during the day and work on campus (typically as Research Assistants or Teaching Assistants) in exchange for their fellowships (nationally, in the social sciences, fellowships average $17,000/year).

Because the DSW is geared to accommodate working professionals, these kinds of fellowships are unavailable. However, to accommodate students who are employed full-time in the profession, classes are scheduled for evenings in the first year and weekends in the second year.

4) Is there financial aid available?

All DSW students are eligible to apply for aid through Tulane's Office of Financial Aid. Aid packages will vary by student, so interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid directly.

The School of Social Work may offer limited supplementary support to a small number of candidates, but all students should make their own arrangements to cover the costs of attending the program.


4)    Do I have to do a research-based dissertation?

No, the DSW program does not require a research-based dissertation as a component for graduation. Instead, students will be required to complete an advanced clinical project, which will be developed in collaboration with a faculty supervisor and may take many forms, such as an article for publication relating to the student's area of practice.


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