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Application Information

Students apply to the NPL and the MSSP simultaneously fulfilling the application requirements for each degree program and indicating an interest in the NPL/MSSP. Upon acceptance into the MSSP and NPL programs, the applicant will be admitted to the dual degree program. Students may use the same letters of recommendation providing the referees address the dual degree interests.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Students pay tuition to SP2 throughout their program. Both programs offer limited tuition scholarship support for meritorious students and accounts for financial need. SP2 makes funding decisions based solely on the information in the application for admission. Students are notified on funding decisions at the point of admission. Awards will be applied in consideration of the dual degree.

MSSP Internship & NPL Practicum

The MSSP program includes a social policy internship. Students have the opportunity to practice their policy analysis skills and gain work experience through the internship which generally will take place during the summer (mid-May to August), although the timing is flexible to some extent. Occasionally a student will complete the internship during the fall or the spring semester. The internship is structured on the basis of individual student interests and past social policy experience(s). Internships may occur anywhere in the United States or in another country, whichever is best suited to the learning objectives of the student. The internship MUST be policy related.

The NPL program includes a leadership practicum that is an integral part of the experiential learning for all NPL students, which builds upon core competencies and principles of leadership developed in the classroom. It consists of:

  • a supervised mentoring and leadership development experience
  • a partnership with the goal of learning about the organization and providing student support on various levels that can include strategic planning, succession planning, branding or marketing, development and philanthropy, or other targeted projects

For the dual degree, the MSSP internship can count for the leadership practicum as long as it meets the minimum practicum requirement of 180 hours and includes mentoring by an executive director or senior level leader at an appropriate organization.

Proposed Course of Study

CourseMSSPNPLSemesterNotes
1MSSP 628011Fall IFulfills NPL outside elective
2MSSP 66801-Fall I
3MSSP 63001-Fall I
4MSSP 62901-Fall I
5MSSP Theory Elective11Fall IFulfills NPL outside elective
6NPL 7620 or NPL 597011Spring I or Summer IFulfills MSSP 6310
6.5MSSP 63200.5-Spring I
7.5MSSP 89701-Spring I
8.5NPL Core11Spring IFulfills MSSP outside elective
9.5NPL Core11Spring IFulfills MSSP outside elective
10.5NPL Elective-1Summer I
11.5NPL Core-1Fall II
12.5NPL Elective-1Fall II
13.5NPL Elective-1Fall II
14.5NPL Elective-1Fall II
15MSSP 63300.5-Fall II
1010

Contact Us

Adam Roth-Saks, MSEd

Administrative Director, MS in Nonprofit Leadership

215 573 2390 

Lauren Colby

Associate Director, MSSP Program

215 898 8444

lpcolby@upenn.edu