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The Elmwood campus will be open to SoPA students on Monday September 20th through Wednesday, September 22nd from 8:30 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. so that you may prepare for and attend your online classes. Please note that the Uptown campus remains closed. For information on Tulane's response to Hurricane Ida, please visit our emergency page

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The Tulane School of Professional Advancement, or SoPA, offers you a potentially life-changing opportunity to further develop your professional skills and position yourself for career advancement. Tulane has a long history of educating working adults; SoPA is the most current evolution of that long-term commitment. SoPA offers applied learning programs that incorporate both industry-relevant knowledge and a grounding in the liberal arts. Request information about our undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates offered online and at our campuses.



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Degrees and Programs Available

We offer a wide variety of degree options, including bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and certificate programs. Classes can be taken at one of our campuses or online. We offer programs in a range of fields, including Applied Computing Systems and Technology, Emergency and Security Studies, Health and Wellness, Humanities, Digital Design, Applied Business, General Legal Studies, and Social Sciences.


Career Development

SoPA offers career and professional development services to help you fulfill your career goals. We can help you identify your strengths and interests, effectively plan for career transitions, further develop and polish your networking and interviewing skills, identify and pursue career opportunities, and build your professional network. You will benefit from our innovative programs, exceptional support, employment opportunities, alumni connections, and community partnerships.

SoPA serves working adults in New Orleans and beyond. Complete your application today and start your journey to an even better future.

SoPA provided me the opportunity to mix in-class experiences with online learning, which made pursuing a degree in Public Relations much more convenient.

Jermaine Smith, B.A. Public Relations, ‘20

After years of dissatisfaction and little job security,  I turned to Tulane’s School of Continuing Studies (now School of Professional Advancement) to attain a certificate in Paralegal  Studies. I received a BA in Paralegal Studies in 2015 and leveraged my BA to enroll in law school.  In 2018, I graduated from law school, passed the bar, and am now an assistant district attorney. Oh, and I was 61 when I was sworn in. It is never too late.

Janet LaRue, B.A. Paralegal Studies, '15


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