MSW/Master of Business Administration (MBA)

In the 21st Century, starting, managing, or leading an organization demands business knowledge, human understanding, and creativity. Neither skill set suffices on its own, whether the organization is non-profit, for-profit, entrepreneurial, or grass roots. As a joint effort of the Penn School of Social Policy & Practice and Wharton, the dual MSW/MBA program emphasizes these multiple, multi-dimensional skills and competencies. Knowledge about the person in social context, discrimination, interpersonal dynamics, values, and other skill sets in social work enable administrators, managers and entrepreneurs to design human and generative policies and practices. Knowledge about organizational structure and dynamics, marketing, labor policy, strategic planning, and other elements of business enable administrators, managers and leaders to be more effective, creative, efficient, and ethical.

The program is designed for a limited number of mature students with some supervisory and/or administrative experience. The curriculum covers three years and the two intervening summers, and includes foundation and elective courses for the MSW and the required basic courses for the MBA. Field internships are arranged in management and policy research and development in such sites as social welfare organizations, hospitals, philanthropic foundations, and government. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive the dual degrees of Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Business Administration (MBA). (See also).

Application Information

Applicants for this program must apply both to the School of Social Policy & Practice and the Wharton School. A separate application and application fee is required for each School. Application inquiries for the Wharton School should be directed to:

Director of Admissions, Wharton School
420 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6340.

MSW/MBA General Program of Study

Each student will meet with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to create an individually designed course schedule.

Note: Students applying to dual degree programs must make separate applications to both schools.

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