Certificate Programs & Specializations

MSW students have the option to incorporate certificate programs or specializations into their standard course of study. Specializations and certificates are entirely optional, but offer a focused academic experience for those students who want to delve deeply into a particular area of practice.

Occasionally, students are able to complete more than one specialization, but this requires very specific course scheduling. A number of factors contribute to the feasibility of completing additional specializations, including course availability, ability to cross-count courses between specializations, nature of field placement, etc. Students who are interested in more than one specialization should review the requirements for each specialization and discuss course scheduling with their academic advisor.

It is expected that all requirements for the specialization be met while the student is completing the MSW degree. Any exceptions must be approved in advance by the specialization director.

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Alumni Stories

SP2 Alumna Receives Society for Social Work Leadership’s 2021 Kermit B. Nash Award

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Alumni Stories

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Student Life

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New SP2 faculty, clockwise from left: Tamara Cadet, PhD; Yoosun Park, PhD; Meredith Doherty, PhD; and Milan AbiNader, PhD

Faculty & Research

SP2 Welcomes Four New Faculty Members

Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) has announced the hiring of four new faculty members, who will begin...

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