Overview

The School of Social Policy & Practice places great emphasis on interdisciplinary study and offers a series of both dual degree options and certificate programs to enable students to study in-depth across conventional departmental or program boundaries.

Students can earn a Certificate in one of several disciplines or in a sub-specialty of the profession as part of their SP2 Master’s degree. Typically, these programs require that students take courses in the granting department/school and one or two courses from a prescribed topic area.

Completing a certificate sometimes requires students to take additional courses beyond the regular number of credits and standard tuition costs required to earn the degree. Students should discuss their certificate program plans with their academic advisor as early as possible to plan their course of study.

MSSP Certificate Programs

MSSP Certificate Programs

MSSP Certificate Programs

MSSP students have the option to incorporate a Global Human Rights Certificate or a Certificate of Law into their standard course of study.

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MSW Certificate Programs & Specializations

MSW Certificate Programs & Specializations

MSW Certificate Programs & Specializations

MSW students have the option to incorporate nine different certificate programs or specializations into their standard course of study.

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NPL Certificate Program

NPL Certificate Program

NPL Certificate Program

NPL students have the option to incorporate a Certificate of Law into their course of study.

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SP2 News

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Faculty & Research

Several SP2 Experts Listed as Top 100 Most Influential Contemporary Social Work Faculty

Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) faculty members Richard J. Gelles, Steven C. Marcus, Phyllis Solomon, Ram A....

Jennifer Plumb

Alumni Stories

What I Did With My DSW Degree: Jennifer Plumb

For years, social work professionals have furthered their careers as innovators, educators, and leaders in the field with degree programs...

Marquisha Lawrence Scott

Student Life

Support on the Ground: PhD Student Examines Where Faith Organizations and Social Work Intertwine

Faith-based organizations often offer tangible forms of aid through initiatives such as disaster relief efforts and financial assistance programs. But...

Alice Cooper

Student Life

Toward Equitable Education for All: MSSP Student Channels Social Policy Theory into Social Good

For Alice Cooper, an MSSP (Master of Science in Social Policy Program) student at Penn’s School of Social Policy &...

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