Master of Social Work

  • 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

  • Jocelyn Parker

    Student Life

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

    Mental health care and housing precarity are foremost among the issues faced by American military veterans— a population which, as of the 2018 census, includes 18.2 million people. According to a recent report from the... Read More

  • Ashley Ritchey

    Student Life

    A Life’s Work: MSW Student Penning Book on Living with Disability

    For Ashley Ritchey, a Master of Social Work (MSW ‘19) student at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), pursuing a Child Well-Being & Child Welfare specialization is a professional calling that comes with... Read More

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

Diplomas on the SP2 commencement table.

Faculty & Research, Student Life

2019 Social Policy & Practice Awards

Congratulations to this year’s Social Policy & Practice award winners. The following individuals will be recognized for their outstanding achievements at...

Tatiana Fraga Diez

Student Life

NPL Student Chosen for Steering Committee of World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community

Tatiana Fraga Diez, a student in the Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2),...

Jennifer A. King

Alumni Stories

“I Caught the Teaching Bug”: DSW Alumna Jennifer King Shares Her Unexpected Career Path

As Jennifer A. King, a 2015 alumna of the Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (DSW) program at Penn’s School of Social...

Andrew Fussner

Faculty & Research, Gifts & Giving

SP2 Board Member Gift Leads to Lasting Impact in Case Consultation Training Series

Four years ago, Andrew Fussner, then a lecturer in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Penn’s School of...

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