Certificate Programs & Specializations

MSW students have the option to incorporate nine different 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.

 

    Ann Nolan Reese Penn Aging Certificate (PAC)

    Ann Nolan Reese Penn Aging Certificate (PAC)

    Ann Nolan Reese Penn Aging Certificate (PAC)

    Through the Penn Aging Certificate (PAC) Program, students can be social change agents and leaders in the significant field of gerontological social work.

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    Certificate in Law

    Certificate in Law

    Certificate in Law

    The University of Pennsylvania Law School offers a Certificate in Law to students enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program at Penn.

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    Child Well-Being & Child Welfare

    Child Well-Being & Child Welfare

    Child Well-Being & Child Welfare

    CW2 educates students to provide services in a culturally competent manner to produce positive outcomes for children and families.

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    Cohen Veterans Network MSW Scholars

    Cohen Veterans Network MSW Scholars

    Cohen Veterans Network MSW Scholars

    SP2 addresses a shortage of critical mental health services for veterans and their families who may be experiencing PTSD, depression, and suicidality.

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    Criminal Justice Specialization

    Criminal Justice Specialization

    Criminal Justice Specialization

    The Specialization educates students to provide culturally competent services to people involved with and impacted by the criminal justice system.

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    Goldring Reentry Initiative

    Goldring Reentry Initiative

    Goldring Reentry Initiative

    The GRI addresses the growing epidemic of mass incarceration and the many barriers individuals incarcerated in the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS) face upon release.

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    Social Work in Health Care Specialization

    Social Work in Health Care Specialization

    Social Work in Health Care Specialization

    The SWIHCS aims to prepare students for successful careers across healthcare-relevant practice settings.

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    Global Human Rights Certificate

    Global Human Rights Certificate

    Global Human Rights Certificate

    The Global Human Rights is designed to provide enriched perspectives on human rights.

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    MSW/Home-School Visitor Certificate

    MSW/Home-School Visitor Certificate

    MSW/Home-School Visitor Certificate

    Individuals with the Home and School Visitor Certification (HSV) provide professional social work services in a variety of K-12 educational institutions.

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