MSW/Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The joint Master of Social Work (MSW)/Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program is administered jointly by the School of Social Policy & Practice and the Fels Institute of Government at Penn. The MSW/MPA program prepares students for leadership in government service and private and social service organizations closely associated with the public sector. The MPA internship is often articulated with one of the MSW internships to allow students to explore public service areas of particular interest. Recent internships include positions in offices of U.S. Senators, federal agencies, the executive offices of Pennsylvania cabinet agencies, consulting firms, and the Mayor’s Office of Management and Productivity in Philadelphia. This program is best suited to Advanced Macro Social Work Practice students but is open to Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice students as well. This dual degree program consists of three academic years and one summer. Please also see: www.fels.upenn.edu/Academic_Programs/MGA.html

Application Information

Applicants to this program must apply to both the School of Social Policy & Practice and Fels Institute of Government, School of Arts and Sciences. A separate application and application fee is required for each School. Application inquiries should be made to:

Director of Admissions
Fels Institute of Government University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6197

MSW/MPA 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

FallSpring
SWRK 601 (Counts as MPA Social Policy elective)SWRK 611 (Counts as GAFL 589 for MPA)
SWRK 602SWRK 612 (Counts as GAFL 623 for MPA)
SWRK 603SWRK 613
SWRK 604 + FieldSWRK 614 + Field
Summer
SWRK 715

Year 2 at Fels

FallSpring
GAFL 621: Economic Analysis in the Public SectorGAFL 703: Statistics for Public Leadership (Counts as SW Research Option)
GAFL 722: Public Expenditure Budgeting (Can count as SW Macro Practice Elective)GAFL 783: Public Finance Management
GAFL 735: Evidence-Based Government (Can count as SW Macro Practice Elective)GAFL 732: Public Management (Counts as SW Free Elective)

Year 3 at SP2 and Fels

FallSpring
SWRK 708 + Field (or SWRK 704 + Field)SWRK 718 + Field (or SWRK 714 + Field)
GAFL 749: Leading Non-ProfitsSW 7XX: Macro Practice Electives (Counts as GAFL Elective - eg. SWRK 730: Community Mapping)
GAFL 631: Politics, Policy, and Public Service (Counts as SW Free Elective)GAFL 7XX

MSW completed in May of Year 3

MPA completed in May of Year 3

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

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