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Applications for programs beginning in Fall 2020 are currently closed.

Please check back in September to submit your application for programs beginning in 2021.

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Please note that all application materials become property of the University of Pennsylvania and will not be returned. Remember to retain a personal copy of your application.

Application Process

To apply to degree programs offered at the School of Social Policy & Practice, you must apply online. All letters of recommendation must be submitted via the online application system.

Transcripts

Applicants must submit transcripts detailing all undergraduate and postgraduate study via the online application. This includes coursework conducted at an applicant’s degree-granting institution(s) as well as in study abroad programs and at institutions out of which an applicant may have transferred. Applicants should upload copies of their official transcripts (i.e. not screenshots from a student record or student grade system) that clearly display their name, dates of enrollment, the names of all courses in which they enrolled, and the credits and grades awarded for each class. Applicants should not mail hard copies of transcripts to the School for purposes of application review.

Attention International Applicants: Transcripts reflecting more than two semesters of study at institutions based outside of the United States must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by a third-party evaluation service such as WES or Educational Perspectives. This applies even if the studies were conducted in English and even if the transcript is printed in English.

Applicants with these international transcripts should upload their university-issued transcripts into the online application and order their official, third-party evaluations sent to the School of Social Policy & Practice. Please note that these international transcripts cannot be considered official until they have been evaluated and that their respective applications cannot be reviewed until the evaluations have arrived in the Admissions Office.

Spring 2020

Recognizing the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, Penn’s admissions committees for graduate and professional programs will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant. In particular, as we review applications now and in the future, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/Fail and other grading options during the period of COVID-19 disruptions. An applicant will not be adversely affected in the admissions process if their academic institution implemented a mandatory pass/fail (or similar) system for the term or if the applicant chose to participate in an optional pass/fail (or similar) system for the term. Penn’s longstanding commitment remains to admit graduate and professional student cohorts composed of outstanding individuals who demonstrate the resilience and aptitude to succeed in their academic pursuits.

OpenSP2

The enrollment and application processes for OpenSP2 (continuing education) programs vary. Additional information is available here.

Application Requirements

Application Requirements

Application Requirements

View admissions and application requirements for each of SP2's degree programs.

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Admission FAQs

Admission FAQs

Admission FAQs

View frequently asked questions regarding the admissions process at SP2.

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Information for International Applicants

Information for International Applicants

Information for International Applicants

Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice welcomes applications from international students.

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Information for Dual Degree Applicants

Information for Dual Degree Applicants

Information for Dual Degree Applicants

Review application requirements for applicants interested in pursuing a dual degree program.

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Information for Non-Degree Applicants

Information for Non-Degree Applicants

Information for Non-Degree Applicants

Non-degree status is available to students who wish to enroll in a class without applying to a master's degree program.

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Alumni Referral Program

Alumni Referral Program

Alumni Referral Program

The Alumni Referral Program, initiated in 2006, involves alumni in the School’s ongoing recruitment efforts.

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