Dual Degree Programs

The MSSP dual degree options offer exciting interdisciplinary opportunities for social policy students in the full-time program (part-time students are not eligible to complete a dual degree). Students work closely with their academic advisors in both degree programs to determine their individual courses of study. In all situations, separate applications are required for each degree program.

Dual degree students who are receiving an SP2 grant will receive their award as stipulated in their admissions decision letter, throughout their time in the MSSP program. Awards are distributed on a pro-rated basis in each term for each course that a student takes towards the MSSP degree. Awards will be applied to courses that a student takes in the other degree program, provided that the course is fulfilling an MSSP program requirement, and regardless of whether SP2 is the Home School in that term. Students must work closely with their academic advisor in order to ensure that the SP2 Office of Financial Aid is apprised of their course of study in order to correctly disburse awards each term.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)/MSSP
Submatriculation into the Master of Science in Social Policy is an exciting option available to committed, exceptional students in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania who want to undertake policy studies toward an MSSP, starting in the senior year of their undergraduate program. Completion of the MSSP degree requires one semester beyond the BA degree.

MSSP/Master of Social Work (MSW)
This program prepares graduates for leadership positions in government, philanthropic foundations, research institutes, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations, and other related settings.

MSSP/Juris Doctor (JD)
The MSSP/JD program prepares graduates to assume positions of leadership in law and social policy. Graduates are capable of analyzing and shaping social policy at local, national, and international levels.

MSSP/Master of Public Administration (MPA)
The MSSP/MPA provides graduates who plan to lead a nonprofit, run for public office, or head a government agency a skill set for analyzing and shaping social policy. This dual degree is currently under review.

MSSP/Master of Public Health (MPH)
MSSP/MPH graduates are prepared to analyze and influence public health policy at local, national, and international levels.

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