Bachelor of Arts (BA)/MSW

The Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work Degree Program (submatriculation) is an exciting option available to committed, exceptional students in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania who want the challenge of working directly with clients or with community-based social service organizations as they earn a BA and MSW in 5 years of study. In their senior year, students are placed 2 days a week in educational field work in a wide range of social agencies that address a variety of social problems and attend classes 3 days a week. The MSW educational plan developed for these students allows them to fulfill their undergraduate requirements by the end of their senior year. Advanced master’s level courses round out the MSW degree program in the fifth year.

Requirements for the BA/MSW degree program include:

  • application for sub-matriculation;
  • application to the School of Social Policy & Practice;
  • third-year undergraduate student status;
  • GPA of 3.2 or above; and
  • work or volunteer experience in some area of social service.

Attainment of the bachelor’s degree is necessary before entering the fifth year of the program.

Application Information

Students should apply for sub-matriculation by the end of the Spring semester of their sophomore year. An individual plan of study agreed upon by the undergraduate department and the School of Social Policy & Practice ensures the integrity of both degree programs. The College requires their students to complete and submit a submatriculation application form along with consultation from the College advising office. This form must also be submitted to the SP2 Admissions Office before the application review process can begin. The form can be emailed to apply@sp2.upenn.edu or delivered to the Caster Building (3701 Locust Walk).

Students may apply for School of Social Policy & Practice tuition assistance for the fifth year of study.

BA/MSW 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.

Junior Year: FallJunior Year: Spring
SWRK 601: History and Philosophy of Social Work and Social WelfareSWRK 7xx: Policy Option
SWRK 602: Human Behavior in the Social EnvironmentSWRK 615: Introduction to Social Work Research
Regular undergraduate coursesRegular undergraduate courses
Senior Year: FallSenior Year: Spring
SWRK 603: American Racism and Social Work PracticeSWRK 7xx: Non-practice Elective
SWRK 604: Foundations of Social Work and Practice and FieldSWRK 614: Social Work Practice and Field
Regular Undergraduate ClassesRegular Undergraduate Classes
Fifth Year: FallFifth Year: Spring
SWRK 704 or SWRK 708: Advanced Clinical or Macro Social Work Practice and FieldSWRK 714 or SWRK 718: Advanced Clinical or Macro Social Work Practice and Field
SWRK 7xx: ElectiveSWRK 7xx: Research Option
SWRK 7xx Elective*SWRK 713: Understanding Social Change: Issues of Race and Gender
SWRK 7xx Elective*SWRK 7xx Elective*

*One elective must be a practice elective taken in the student’s area of concentration (clinical or macro)