MSW/PhD In Social Welfare (PhD)

A limited number of applicants are accepted into a program of study that leads to both a Master of Social Work and a PhD in Social Welfare. This program is designed for applicants whose long-range goals and past experiences are consistent with the aims of both programs and who wish to accelerate their education.

Applicants for the dual degree are first admitted into the MSW program then reviewed for consideration for admission to the PhD program. It is possible for an applicant to be accepted into the MSW and not the PhD program.

Students already enrolled in Penn’s MSW program may apply for admission to the MSW/PhD dual degree program in their second year of study (the application deadline is the same as the regular PhD program application deadline, December 15). If accepted, the student must complete the second year of the MSW program. The dual degree program allows students to substitute doctoral-level courses for some MSW requirements.

Learn more about the PhD in Social Welfare program at SP2

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