Master of Social Work

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    Student Life

    Students Present Policy Research on Housing, Immigration, Harassment

    Four students from the Penn School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) shared their research across a wide range of policy areas at the recent Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Regional Student... Read More

  • Katherine Streit, Karen M. Hudson, and Darcy Walker Krause at the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovations Awards

    Alumni Stories

    SP2 Alumni Honored at Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Awards

    Two alumni of the Penn School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) were selected as winners in their respective categories at the 2019 Greater Philadelphia Social Innovations Awards. Karen M. Hudson, PhD, MSW, LSW, a 1980... Read More

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    Student Life

    Going Above & Beyond: MSW Student Prepares to Aid U.S. Veteran Care Crisis

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Welcome to the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice, one of the oldest and most well-respected social work programs in the country. Our program (ranked 5th in the nation by Princeton Review’s Gourman Report and 12th by U.S. News and World Report) is designed to prepare social workers for leadership roles in developing and providing services to individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations in the local, national, and global arenas. With a recently redesigned curriculum, Penn’s MSW degree melds cutting-edge innovation with a rich educational tradition rooted in social justice and social change.

Highlights of Penn’s MSW Program

  • Renowned Faculty
  • Modern curriculum rooted in a tradition of social justice and social change
  • Interdisciplinary opportunities, which allow students to take elective classes in Penn’s twelve graduate schools
  • International coursework and study abroad opportunities
  • Eleven dual-degree programs
  • Certificate and specialization programs
  • Small classes (20-25 students)
  • International alumni network
  • Extracurricular activities

Why Penn?

Under the guidance of its renowned faculty, the MSW program offers students the individual attention inherent to a small school where academic advisors oversee each student’s course of study. At the same time, our students take advantage of all that an Ivy League campus has to offer, including interdisciplinary opportunities, dual degree programs, vast student resources, and an international alumni network.

The MSW curriculum is comprised of a foundation year and an advanced year. The core courses in both of these years provide students with the requisite knowledge to think critically and practice as a social worker. In the advanced year, students choose either the clinical or macro concentration. Outside of the core required courses, students have a great deal of flexibility in putting together their course of study. For example, students may choose to take electives outside of the School of Social Policy & Practice at Penn’s other eleven graduate schools, or they may choose to participate in one the certificate programs focusing on aging, child welfare, criminal justice, global human rights, prisoner re-entryhealth care, school social work, and more.

The MSW Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Director's Welcome

Director's Welcome

Director's Welcome

Read a message from MSW Program Director Dr. Joretha Bourjolly.

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Mission, Goals, & Objectives

Mission, Goals, & Objectives

Mission, Goals, & Objectives

Learn more about the mission, goals, and objects of the MSW program and view CSWE program assessment data.

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The Penn Approach

The Penn Approach

The Penn Approach

Since its founding in 1908, the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice has articulated a social philosophy that shapes the program.

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Program Options

Program Options

Program Options

SP2 offers four different MSW program options, enabling students to choose the course of study that best fits with their personal circumstances and career goals.

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Admissions & Application

Admissions & Application

Admissions & Application

Review admissions requirements and tuition information for the MSW program.

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Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

The Master of Social Work curriculum has been developed with a strong conviction that preparation for professional practice necessitates the integration of knowledge, values and skills.

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Field Education

Field Education

Field Education

Field education is an integral part of the overall MSW curriculum.

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Tk20

Tk20

Tk20

Tk20 enables the collection, monitoring, and analysis of students' progress in class and in the field.

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Contact Information

Contact Information

Contact Information

View contact information for Admissions, MSW program staff, and Field Education.

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FAQs

FAQs

FAQs

View frequently asked questions about SP2's MSW program.

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SP2 News

Faculty & Research, Global Engagement

International Experts Assemble to Examine, Investigate Public Health and Epidemics

On May 13 and 14, Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD, and other international scholars and public health experts will assemble in...

Students from the MSSP 797 course in Havana, with instructor Azahara Palomeque

Student Life, Global Engagement

Social Issues Through a Global Lens: SP2 Students Reflect on Their Immersion Experience in Cuba

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Faculty & Research

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SP2 Student Emily Berkowitz presents at the APPAM Student Conference

Student Life

Students Present Policy Research on Housing, Immigration, Harassment

Four students from the Penn School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) shared their research across a wide range of...

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