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The following degree programs are currently accepting applications:

  • Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL)

The priority deadline for the NPL program has passed and our online and on-campus programs are already filling quickly. While SP2 is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application by Thursday, April 15th. The Admissions Team cannot guarantee that NPL applications will be accepted after Thursdays, April 15th. Please note that in the case that a cohort is filled prior to April 15th, a waitlist will be started.

  • Master of Social Work (MSW)

The priority deadlines for the MSW program have passed and each cohort – Advanced Standing, Full-Time, Part-Time, and Employed Practitioners – is already filling quickly. SP2 is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. Please note that in the case that a cohort is filled, a waitlist will be started.

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.

Before submitting your application, please be sure to careful review the admission requirements for your desired program(s) of study.

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, or another NACES accredited member. 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.

Holistic Review

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.

GRE Test Scores

SP2 will not require GRE test scores for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Applicants who do not submit GRE scores will not be at a disadvantage in the admissions process. Applicants to the NPL and PhD programs who are able to take the GRE and wish to report them may continue with that plan.

We acknowledge the benefits and limitations built into standardized tests. Beyond the admissions process, test results help institutions guide and support enrolling students. We also know that a single examination does not capture the ability, preparation, and potential of all students in an equal way. For this reason, standardized testing has always been only one part of a larger review process that considers many factors, including professional experience, the rigor of coursework, and performance in their graduate degree. We will continue to review students, on an individual basis, consistent with our belief in a comprehensive whole-person review process.

Find answers to common questions about submitting your application here.

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

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 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

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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

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

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