Online Learning

  • Faculty & Research

    Oncology Social Workers: Navigating Health Care and Supporting Families

    When Christina Bach tells people what she does for a living, they usually respond with, “Oh, I could never do that.” But for Bach, being an oncology social worker is the only thing she wants... Read More

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    Faculty & Research

    New Penn SP2-Wharton Professional Certificate Program

    From Direct Practice to Social Work Leadership A new interdisciplinary collaboration between Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) and the Wharton School will soon provide current SP2 students and alumni a flexible opportunity to... Read More

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    Faculty & Research

    Online Learning: Creating an Effective Child Welfare System

    The child welfare system is complex and the consequences of its decisions can be grave. But one cannot improve the system without truly understanding it first. This year, the University of Pennsylvania is providing individuals... Read More

SP2 is a leader in online learning at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2015, the Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (DSW) program was developed into Penn’s first online degree program. The Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) program followed suit, launching a hybrid program in 2018 before transitioning to a fully online program option in 2019.

SP2 is committed to disseminating knowledge and providing opportunities for anyone interested in the pursuit of social justice, innovation, and impact. In support of this goal, SP2 launched its continuing education initiative, OpenSP2, with a multitude of online learning options in the form of online courses, certificate programs, and more.

Degree Programs

Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership

The Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) Program at the School of Social Policy and Practice welcomes individuals who are bright, passionate, and energized to be transformative thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, and innovators for social impact. The world needs innovative approaches to address the world’s complex social challenges.

The Nonprofit Leadership online program consists of a total of ten (10) graduate level course units (CUs). Student takes ten (10) NPL CUs from a menu of core and elective credits. Students can also elect to include on-campus classes in their course of study if they are able. The one year program includes on-campus orientation and cohort building in August and networking and Commencement in May.

Learn more about the NPL program.

Doctorate in Clinical Social Work

Penn’s Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (DSW) set the pace. We were the first social work practice doctorate. Now our online format makes us the most accessible.

Our online program offers all the advantages of a world class learning community in a highly interactive, relational, accessible and convenient format. Balancing the rigor of doctoral education with the practical considerations of busy working professionals, our students complete the coursework and dissertation simultaneously, earning the degree in 3 years without career disruption.

Learn more about the DSW program.

Continuing Education: OpenSP2

OpenSP2 provides professional and continuing education opportunities with a focus on accessing SP2 faculty and research centers for immediate application and professional growth. Programs are offered in a number of formats, in areas designed to allow individuals to advance their career and connect to new knowledge. New programs are added throughout the year and most allow for immediate enrollment.

OpenSP2’s online programs include social work continuing education unit programs, massive open online courses (MOOCs), and professional certificates.

Learn more about opportunities with OpenSP2.

SP2 News

Jennifer Prah Ruger

Faculty & Research

Health Equity in a Time of Global Crisis

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Faculty & Research

New Report: Impact of COVID-19 on Homelessness

The coronavirus pandemic is likely to kill more than 3,400 people experiencing homelessness across the United States, according to new...

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Faculty & Research

SP2 Associate Professor Testifies at City Council Hearing on Missing and Exploited Children

In a moving testimonial, Johanna Greeson, PhD, spoke before the Philadelphia City Council’s Children and Youth Committee during their recent...

Ben Jealous

Faculty & Research

Q&A with Ben Jealous, former NAACP head turned tech investor

Ben Jealous has accomplished a great deal in his 47 years. The former—and youngest ever—head of the NAACP managed the Mississippi’s Jackson...

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