Philadelphia offers a vibrant and challenging context for students whose passion is to improve the urban environment. Graduates of the dual degree in social work and city and regional planning will gain broad knowledge about the interrelation of the physical, social, and economic systems for urban community services; competence in analysis and development of intervention strategies to humanize these services; and the development of a philosophical base for professional practice that instills a commitment to improve the quality of life for people in urban communities.
The blended curriculum covers three years and may include one intervening summer. Students are enrolled in both the School of Design and the School of Social Policy & Practice, and take the required courses in each curriculum. Upon successful completion of the joint program, the student is awarded the degrees of Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of City Planning (MCP). (See also www.design.upenn.edu/new/cplan/master.htm)
MSW/MCP General Program of Study
This represents a sample course grid. Each student will meet with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to create an individually designed course schedule.
Year 1 at SP2
|SWRK 601||SWRK 611|
|SWRK 602||SWRK 612|
|SWRK 603||SWRK 614 + Field|
|SWRK 604 + Field||SW 7XX Elective|
|Summer after Year 1 or Year 2|
|Possible Course at CPLN|
Year 2 at CPLN
|CPLN 615 Intro to Housing||CPLN 550 Imagining Cities (Counts as SW Free Elective)|
|CPLN 521 Statistics (Counts as SW Research Option)||CPLN 600 Planning Workshop|
|CPLN 723 Planning Law||CPLN 712 Inner City Revitalization (Counts as SW Free Elective)|
|CPLN 540 Intro to City Planning||CPLN 648 Conflict Res. and Negot. Strat. (Counts as SW Macro Practice Elective)|
|CPLN 601 Serving CBD's thru Special Districts||CPLN 634 Regional Economics (or CPLN 633 Urban Economic Analysis)|
Year 3 at SP2 and CPLN
|SWRK 708 + Field||SWRK 718 + Field|
|CPLN 624 Quantitative Planning Methods||CPLN 701 Planning Studio (2 credits) (*Meets on Thurs. 12-6pm)|
|SW 7XX (SW Macro Practice Elective - in Fall or Spring)||SWRK 713|
MSW completed in May of Year 3
MCP completed in May of Year 3
Note: Students applying to dual degree programs must make separate applications to both schools.