Tulane School of Professional Advancement

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The School of Professional Advancement, or SoPA, is the school at Tulane dedicated to bachelor’s degree completion, graduate study, and certificates programs in applied fields. Take advantage of a potentially life-changing opportunity to further develop your skills and position yourself for career advancement at SoPA, the most current iteration of Tulane’s long-term commitment to working adults. Request information about our degrees and certificates offered online and at New Orleans campuses.

We Have The Flexibility You Need to Get Your Degree

Why SoPA?


SoPA is dedicated to meeting the needs of working adult students, whether you are early in your career or a seasoned professional. We offer flexible and responsive advisement and support, and online and on-ground courses and programs that fit your busy schedule.

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


jermaine smith

"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

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Degrees and Programs Available

Bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and certificate programs that in many cases . Classes can be taken at one of our campuses or online. We offer programs in many applied fields, including Information Technology, Public Administration, Business, Emergency and Security Studies, Health and Wellness and Exercise Science, Sport Studies, K-12 Education, Media & Design, Legal Studies, as well as Humanities and Social Sciences degrees specifically geared to the interests of adult students.

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, pursue career opportunities, and build your professional network. You will benefit from our innovative programs, exceptional support, employment opportunities, and alumni connections.

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Median earnings for females 25-34 with a bachelor's degree and full-time employment were 84% higher than for high school graduates.


86% of college graduates age 25-32 feel they are in a career-track job, while 42% of high school diploma recipients report that their job is just a way "to get them by."


83% of bachelor's degree holders feel they have already seen a return on their investment in education.

Tulane University ranks among the Best Online Colleges in Louisiana for 2023.

Tulane SoPA was recently ranked as one of the best online paralegal degree programs.

Tulane SoPA was recently inducted to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Transfer Honor Roll.

janet larue

After years of dissatisfaction and little job security, I turned to [Tulane SoPA] 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