MSW/Master of Science in Criminology (MS)

The Master of Social Work/Master of Science in Criminology dual degree program adds a focus on crime and justice to the MSW. Penn Criminology equips students with foundational understanding of criminological theories, the structure of the justice system, the available evidence for criminal justice practices, and analytical skills for evaluating programs and policies. Issues such as police-community relations, incarceration, violence prevention, and juvenile justice present opportunities for graduates with rigorous social work and criminology training. This dual degree is open to MSW students in both the clinical and macro concentrations, and is available to full-time, Advanced Standing, and, on a case-by-case basis, part-time students.

Students in this dual-degree program may be particularly interested in the Goldring Reentry Initiative as one of their social work field placements, and are also usually able to complete the Criminal Justice Specialization within the MSW program.

MSW/Criminology General Program of Study

On its own, the MSW is a sixteen CU degree, consisting of eleven required courses and five electives. On its own, the MS in Criminology is an eight CU degree, consisting of seven required courses and one elective. When students complete the MSW/MS in Criminology dual-degree, up to a total of four courses are cross-counted between the two degrees, enabling students to complete both degrees in twenty CUs. This means that three Criminology courses are applied to the MSW degree and one MSW course is applied to the MS degree. Students may work with their academic advisors in the MSW and Criminology programs to individualize their course of study, but the following courses have been pre-approved for cross-counting and represent the standard course of study:

  • CRIM 603: Research Methods and Crime Analysis (fulfills SWRK Elective)
  • CRIM 634: Evidence-Based Crime Prevention (fulfills SWRK Elective)
  • CRIM 535: Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis (fulfills SWRK Research Option)
  • SWRK 785: Criminal Justice Policies (Fulfills Criminology Elective)

Students in the MSW clinical concentration must take SWRK 760 as one of their electives.

MSW/Criminology dual-degree students are permitted to take a maximum of three courses outside of the MSW program towards their degree. If students count three Criminology courses towards their MSW degree, their remaining thirteen CUs for the MSW must be courses at SP2.

Sample Course Grid

Students are usually able to complete both the MSW and Criminology degrees in two academic years and one summer, although the ability to do so is dependent on class scheduling and is not guaranteed. Students wishing to follow a different course of study (e.g., extending the program to 2.5 years) should speak with their academic advisors.

YearFallSpringSummer
1Home School: SP2
Tuition Billed by SP2; Financial Aid Distributed by SP2
Home School: SP2
Tuition Billed by SP2; Financial Aid Distributed by SP2
Tuition paid to department offering the course
CRIM 600: Proseminar in CriminologyCRIM 601: Proseminar in Criminal JusticeSWRK 7xx: MSW Elective #2 (SWRK 760 if choosing clinical concentration)
SWRK 601: History and Philosophy of Social Work and Social WelfareSWRK 614: Foundations of Social Work Practice 2 + FieldSWRK 7xx: MSW Elective #3
SWRK 602: Human Behavior in the Social EnvironmentSWRK 615: Intro to Social Work Research
SWRK 603: American RacismSWRK 785: Criminal Justice Policy (MSW Policy Option/CRIM Elective)
SWRK 604 + Field: Foundation of Social Work Practice ISWRK 7xx: Elective #1
2Home School: CriminologyHome School: SP2
Tuition Billed by SP2; Financial Aid Distributed by SP2
SWRK 704 or 708: Clinical/Macro Social Work Practice + FieldSWRK 714/718: Clinical Macro Social Work Practice II + Field
CRIM 634 (Fulfills MSW Elective #4)SWRK 713: Understanding Social Change
CRIM 602CRIM 603: Research Methods/Crime Analysis (Fulfills SWRK Elective #5)
CRIM 535 (Fulfills SWRK Research Option)CRIM 604
CRIM 604

Contact Information

Related to the MSW:

Related to the MS in Criminology:

Knakiya Hagans

Graduate Coordinator, Department of Criminology
khagans@sas.upenn.edu

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