MSW/Master of Science In Social Policy (MSSP)

The MSW/MSSP dual degree program prepares graduates for leadership positions in government, philanthropic foundations, research institutes, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations, and other related settings. It is open to students in both the clinical and macro concentrations in the MSW program.

MSW/MSSP General Course of Study

This dual degree program allows students to complete both the Master of Social Work and Master of Science in Social Policy degrees in 22 courses. On its own, the MSW is a 16 CU degree, consisting of 11 required courses and 5 electives. On its own, the MSSP is a 10 CU program, consisting of 7 required courses and three electives. When students complete the MSW/MSSP dual-degree, up to four courses are cross-counted between the two degrees. Depending on course scheduling, students may be able to complete both degrees in two academic years and two summers. However, it is common for students to need five or six semesters (not including summers) to complete the dual degree requirements. Ideally, students will apply to the MSW and MSSP degree at the same time, but students may also apply to the MSSP program during their first year in the MSW program.

Students work with their academic advisors in the MSW and MSSP programs to individualize their course of study, but the following four courses have been pre-approved for cross-counting and represent the standard course of study:

  • MSSP 631: Law and Social Policy (fulfills SWRK Policy Option)
  • MSSP 897: Applied Linear Modeling OR MSSP 630: Quantitative Reasoning (fulfills SWRK Research Option)
  • MSSP 668: Economics for Social Policy (fulfills SWRK Elective)
  • Elective in SWRK or other department (fulfills SWRK and MSSP Elective, with approval from both MSW and MSSP advisors)

Students complete the following 22 courses: (1) SWRK 601, (2) SWRK 602, (3) SWRK 603, (4) SWRK 604, (5) SWRK 614, (6) SWRK 615, (7) SWRK 704 or 708, (8) SWRK 714 or 718, (9) SWRK 713, (10) MSSP 628, (11) MSSP 629, (12) MSSP 630, (13) MSSP 631, (14) MSSP 632 (.5 CU) and MSSP 633 (.5 CU), (15) MSSP 668, (16) MSSP 897, and (17-22) six electives.

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

The table below represents the course of study for students who wish to complete the degree in two academic years and two summers, provided they wish to take five course per semester in their second year, and provided scheduling of classes and field placement permits. It is not always possible to complete the degree in this timeframe; in some circumstances students may finish the MSW at the end of the second year and the MSSP in the fall or spring of the third year. Students may choose to complete the MSW at the end of the second spring and graduate from the MSSP program the following semester or year.

YearFallSpringSummer
1SWRK 601SWRK 614 + Field SWRK 7xx: Elective
SWRK 602SWRK 615SWRK 7xx: Elective
SWRK 603MSSP 631 (Fulfills MSW Policy OptionMSSP xxx: Elective
SWRK 604 + FieldSWRK 7xx: Elective (Fulfills MSSP Elective)
2SWRK 704 or 708 + FieldSWRK 714 or 718 + FieldMSSP 633 (internship)
MSSP 628SWRK 713MSSP xxx: Elective
MSSP 629MSSP 632
MSSP 630 (Fulfills SWRK Research Option)MSSP 897
MSSP 668 (Fulfills SWRK Elective)SWRK 7xx: Practice Elective

Contact Information

Emily McCully, MSW

  • Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Global Programs

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room B-19
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.746.4031
  • fax: 215.573.2099

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