MSW/Master of City Planning (MCP)

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

updated 6/15/05

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

FallSpring
SWRK 601SWRK 611
SWRK 602SWRK 612
SWRK 603SWRK 614 + Field
SWRK 604 + FieldSW 7XX Elective

Summer after Year 1 or Year 2

SWRK 715
Possible Course at CPLN

Year 2 at CPLN

FallSpring
CPLN 615 Intro to HousingCPLN 550 Imagining Cities (Counts as SW Free Elective)
CPLN 521 Statistics (Counts as SW Research Option)CPLN 600 Planning Workshop
CPLN 723 Planning LawCPLN 712 Inner City Revitalization (Counts as SW Free Elective)
CPLN 540 Intro to City PlanningCPLN 648 Conflict Res. and Negot. Strat. (Counts as SW Macro Practice Elective)
CPLN 601 Serving CBD's thru Special DistrictsCPLN 634 Regional Economics (or CPLN 633 Urban Economic Analysis)

Year 3 at SP2 and CPLN

FallSpring
SWRK 708 + FieldSWRK 718 + Field
CPLN 624 Quantitative Planning MethodsCPLN 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.