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. This integration is purposefully facilitated by structuring classroom instruction and field experiences so that they can mutually support and reinforce students’ educational learning objectives. The MSW curriculum is divided into two parts: the foundation curriculum, which provides an orientation to the profession and a basis for understanding practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities, and the advanced curriculum, which enables students to focus on their chosen area of practice.

MSW students are able to pursue a range of certificate programs and specializations to enhance their social work study. In addition, students are able to pursue many dual-degree opportunities within SP2 as well as in other schools at the University of Pennsylvania.

Course of Study

Course of Study

Course of Study

The curriculum at the master’s level has been developed with a strong conviction that preparation for professional practice necessitates the integration of knowledge, values and skills.

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Electives, Research, & Policy

Electives, Research, & Policy

Electives, Research, & Policy

Review the electives, research, and policy requirements for the MSW program.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

View the course descriptions for SWRK classes.

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Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Research is a part of the MSW curriculum, but students are also able to pursue additional research opportunities outside of their regular coursework.

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Certificate Programs & Specializations

Certificate Programs & Specializations

Certificate Programs & Specializations

Students are able to pursue certificate programs and specializations while completing the regular course of study.

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Dual Degree Programs

Dual Degree Programs

Dual Degree Programs

The MSW dual degree options offer exciting interdisciplinary opportunities for social work students in the full-time, two-year program.

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Degree Policies & Requirements

Degree Policies & Requirements

Degree Policies & Requirements

Review the degree policies and requirements for the MSW program.

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SP2 News

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Faculty & Research, Student Life

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Faculty & Research, Gifts & Giving

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