General Program of Study

The NPL/MSW dual degree program allows students to earn both degrees by completing a total of 22 courses (CUs). On its own, the MSW is a 16 CU degree, consisting of 11 required courses and 5 electives. On its own, the NPL is a 10 CU program, consisting of 4 core courses, 4 NPL electives, and 2 Penn electives. When students complete the NPL/MSW dual-degree, up to four courses are cross-counted between the two degrees. Students may count up to two MSW courses as Penn electives in the NPL program and up to two NPL courses as MSW electives. Depending on course scheduling, students may be able to complete the MSW/NPL in six terms (for example, two academic years and two summers), but students may also extend the dual-degree program to 2.5 or 3 years if they wish (not including summer terms). Ideally, students will apply to the MSW and NPL degrees at the same time, but applicants may also be admitted to the NPL program while in their first year of the MSW program.

Students may work with their academic advisors in the NPL and MSW programs to individualize their course of study, but the following courses have been pre-approved for cross-counting and represent the standard course of study:

  • NPLD 7xxx: Core course (Fulfills MSW Elective #1)
  • NPLD 7xxx: Core course (Fulfills MSW Elective #2)
  • SWRK 7xxx: Elective (Fulfills NPL Penn Elective #1)
  • SWRK 7xxx: Elective (Fulfills NPL Penn Elective #2)

Students complete the following 22 courses: (1) SWRK 6010, (2) SWRK 6020, (3) SWRK 6030, (4) SWRK 6040, (5) SWRK 6140, (6) SWRK 6150, (7) SWRK 7040 or 7080, (8) SWRK 7140 or 7180, (9) SWRK 7130, (10) SWRK 7xxx: Policy Option; (11) SWRK 7xxx: Research Option; (12 – 15) 4 NPL core courses; (16-19) 4 NPL electives (taken within the NPL program); and (20-22) 3 MSW electives (one of which must be SWRK 7600 (for clinical concentration students) or a macro practice elective (for macro concentration students), and two of which may be taken outside SP2). Students may take up to two of their MSW electives outside of SP2 with permission from their MSW academic advisor.

NPL Practicum & MSW Field Placement

The Second Year MSW Field Placement may fulfill the NPL Practicum requirement, regardless of concentration (clinical or macro). However, in order to fulfill the NPL practicum, there must be the identification of a mentor who agrees to regular leadership and professional development meetings with the student at the field placement. In these situations, the student may not need to complete additional hours for the NPL practicum beyond those already required for the MSW field placement.

If a practicum leader cannot be identified at the MSW field placement site, the student will work with their NPL advisor to identify an appropriate mentor at another agency, and this may require additional hours beyond the MSW Field Placement. Please contact NPL Administrative Director Adam Roth-Saks with any questions regarding the field placement’s fulfillment of the practicum requirements.

Standard Course of Study

The table below represents the course of study for students who wish to complete the degree in two academic years and two summers.

1• SWRK 6010
• SWRK 6020
• SWRK 6030
• SWRK 6040 + Field
• SWRK 6140 + Field
• SWRK 6150
• SWRK 7xxx: Policy Option
• SWRK 7xxx: MSW Elective #1
• SWRK 7xxx: MSW Elective #2 (Fulfills NPL Elective #1)
• NPL: Non-core
2• SWRK 7040 or 7080 + Field (Fulfills NPL Practicum)
• NPLD core
• NPLD core
• SWRK 7xxx: Research Option
• SWRK 7xxx: MSW Elective #3 (Fulfills NPL Elective #2)
• SWRK 7140 or 7180 + Field
• SWRK 7130
• NPLD core (Fulfills MSW Elective #4)
• NPLD core
• NPLD non-core (Fulfills MSW Elective #5)
• NPLD non-core
• NPLD non-core

Contact Us

Adam Roth-Saks, MSEd

Administrative Director, MS in Nonprofit Leadership

215 573 2390 

Mai Le, JD, MSW

Administrative Director, MSW Program

215 746 4031