Online Learning

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

SaraKay Smullens

Alumni Stories

SP2 Alumna Receives Society for Social Work Leadership’s 2021 Kermit B. Nash Award

SaraKay Smullens, a 1965 alumna of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy &...

Loran Grishow-Schade

Alumni Stories

SP2 Alum Honored for Ongoing Gender Identity Research, Work

For years, Loran Grishow-Schade, MSW ’20, MSSP ’21, has proven to be a prolific leader and fully-immersed pioneer in work...

MSW Student Alisa Branch

Student Life

“Always Something New to Know”: MSW Student Alisa Branch on Being a Non-Traditional Learner

Even after a three-decade career in the human services field, Alisa Branch still felt that she had more to learn,...

New SP2 faculty, clockwise from left: Tamara Cadet, PhD; Yoosun Park, PhD; Meredith Doherty, PhD; and Milan AbiNader, PhD

Faculty & Research

SP2 Welcomes Four New Faculty Members

Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) has announced the hiring of four new faculty members, who will begin...

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