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Apply to the Tulane School of Professional Advancement

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.




We Have The Flexibility You Need to Get Your Degree




Why SoPA?

SoPA is dedicated to meeting the needs of working adult students. Study with your peers, including both career-changers and seasoned professionals. We offer flexible and responsive academic counseling and support, and daytime, evening, weekend, and online courses to fit your busy schedule.

Our dedicated faculty brings both academic qualifications and years of experience in the field to their classrooms. In joining us, you are connected to our strong alumni network and to Tulane University—an institution known globally for excellence in higher education.





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

On my first day, I felt confident that I made the right decision for myself based on how willing the staff was to make sure everything functioned properly and that all my needs were taken care of.

Julia Johnson, Interactive Design

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