Elective Courses

Students in the MSSP program take three elective courses. Students in the MSSP+DA program take two electives.

Elective courses offer students the opportunity to maximize breadth in multiple substantive policy areas or to choose a specialized area of social policy analysis and conduct further research.

Elective courses may be identified in SP2, the Fels Institute, Perelman School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Wharton School of Business, Graduate School of Education, departments in the School of Arts and Sciences, and other Penn Schools and departments for possible approval.

Take advantage of what Penn has to offer. Be open to searching in schools/departments that may not sound like the usual ones you would expect to go to. Take some time to search. Use the Course Search function in Penn in Touch. There is a field to enter any term that might be included in the course description, and a list of courses will be available to peruse. Make sure the course is at least 500+. Submit the department name, course number, and course description to your adviser for review.

Contact the Associate Director to submit courses for review:

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