The Masters in Social Work (MSW)/Certificate in Jewish Communal Service is a unique program designed to prepare students for careers in Jewish communal service. Students enrolled in the certificate program can earn both a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certificate in Jewish Communal Services from Gratz College. In preparing for social work careers in Jewish communal services, students have the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: direct counseling services, planning and administration, group work, fundraising, and community relations. Graduates are uniquely prepared to find jobs within the Jewish community in settings such as family services, children’s agencies, day care centers, geriatric services, hospitals, community centers, Federations, immigration services, synagogue program management, Jewish schools, and the Hillel Foundation. The MSW/Certificate in Jewish Communal Service is open to students in both the clinical and macro concentrations of the MSW program.
General Course of Study
On its own, the MSW is a sixteen course degree, consisting of eleven required courses and five electives. On its own, the Certificate in Jewish Communal Service is a six-course certificate program. When students complete the MSW/Certificate in Jewish Communal Service certificate program, two Gratz courses are applied to the MSW program as electives, allowing students to complete the MSW and certificate program together in twenty courses. The MSW/Certificate program may be completed in two years and one summer. It is recommended that students begin the certificate program at Gratz College during the summer prior to the first semester at the University of Pennsylvania. Students must notify their academic advisors at both Penn and Gratz that they are completing this program, so that their course of study can be planned accordingly.
Students complete 14 courses at the University of Pennsylvania: (1) SWRK 601, (2) SWRK 602, (3) SWRK 603, (4) SWRK 604, (5) SWRK 614, (6) SWRK 615, (7) SWRK 704 or 708, (8) SWRK 714 or 718, (9) SWRK 713, (10) SWRK 7xx (Policy Option), (11) SWRK 7xx (Research Option), and (12-14) three electives. Students pursuing the clinical concentration in the MSW program must take SWRK 760 as one of their three electives at Penn. Two Gratz courses (Sociology of the American Jewish Community and The Jewish Family) will count as electives in the program. After receiving a passing grade in the two Gratz courses that will count as MSW electives, students submit an official transcript to the SP2 Registrar, and the courses are applied to the student’s MSW transcript as transfer credit.
Students are required to take their 14 Penn courses within the School of Social Policy & Practice. Because two Gratz courses are being applied to the MSW degree, MSW/Certificate students are not eligible to take up to two electives in other schools or departments at the University of Pennsylvania. Gratz courses may be completed online or on-campus.
Students in the MSW/Certificate program complete a foundation year field placement and an advanced year (clinical or macro) field placement. Students are in classes two days a week at the University of Pennsylvania and in field placement three days a week. The School of Social Policy & Practice offers a wide range of field placements uniquely suited to students studying Jewish Communal Services. Examples of these placements include: Jewish Federations, Hillels, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Jewish geriatric centers, and Jewish community centers. Students in the certificate program are guaranteed a Jewish communal placement in their advanced year, and may also request a Jewish communal placement in their foundation year.
Students pay SP2 tuition, and receive any applicable financial aid awards, for 14 courses at the University of Pennsylvania. Students pay Gratz tuition, and receive any applicable financial aid awards, for six courses at Gratz College.
Applicants apply to both the MSW program at the University of Pennsylvania and the Certificate in Jewish Communal Services program at Gratz College. Separate applications are required for each program.
Applicants adhere to the admissions criteria, deadline, and processes required for all MSW students. Learn more about applying to the MSW program.
Gratz College Admissions
Learn more about the Gratz Certificate in Jewish Communal Services and applying to the program.
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