BACHELOR OF ARTS
Master of Social Work
The Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work Degree Program (submatriculation) at the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) is an exciting option available to committed, exceptional students in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania who want the challenge of working directly with clients or with community-based social service organizations as they earn a BA and MSW in 5 years of study. In their senior year, students are placed 2 days a week in educational field work in a wide range of social agencies that address a variety of social problems and attend classes 3 days a week. Senior year field work, which corresponds with SWRK 6040/6140, is completed between September and the end of June. The MSW educational plan developed for these students allows them to fulfill their undergraduate requirements by the end of their senior year. Advanced master’s level courses round out the MSW degree program in the fifth year.
Requirements for the BA/MSW degree program include:
- third-year undergraduate student status;
- GPA of 3.2 or above; and
- work or volunteer experience in some area of social service.
Attainment of the bachelor’s degree is necessary before entering the fifth year of the program.
The College requires their students to complete and submit a submatriculation application form along with consultation from the College advising office. This form must also be submitted to the SP2 Admissions Office before the application review process can begin. The form can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered to the Caster Building (3701 Locust Walk).
Students should apply for submatriculation by May 1st of their sophomore year.
Students may apply for School of Social Policy & Practice tuition assistance for the fifth year of study.
Course of Study
An individual plan of study agreed upon by the undergraduate department and SP2 ensures the integrity of both degree programs.
BA/MSW General Program of Study
This represents a sample course grid. Each student will meet with the Administrative Director of the MSW Program to create an individually designed course schedule.
|Junior Year: Fall||Junior Year: Spring|
|SWRK 6010: History and Philosophy of Social Work and Social Welfare||SWRK 7xxx: Policy Option|
|SWRK 6020: Human Behavior in the Social Environment||SWRK 6150: Introduction to Social Work Research|
|Regular undergraduate courses||Regular undergraduate courses|
|Senior Year: Fall||Senior Year: Spring|
|SWRK 6030: American Racism and Social Work Practice||SWRK 7xxx: Non-practice Elective|
|SWRK 6040: Foundations of Social Work and Practice and Field||SWRK 6140: Social Work Practice and Field|
|Regular undergraduate classes||Regular undergraduate classes|
|Fifth Year: Fall||Fifth Year: Spring|
|SWRK 7040 or SWRK 7080: Advanced Clinical or Macro Social Work Practice and Field||SWRK 7140 or SWRK 7180: Advanced Clinical or Macro Social Work Practice and Field|
|SWRK 7xxx: Elective||SWRK 7xxx: Research Option|
|SWRK 7xxx: Elective*||SWRK 7130: Understanding Social Change: Issues of Race and Gender|
|SWRK 7xxx: Elective*||SWRK 7xxx: Elective*|
Mai Le, JD, MSW
Administrative Director, MSW Program
215 746 4031