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School of Social Policy and Practice University of Pennsylvania

  • Philadelphia, PA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 84%16%
    student ratio
  • 441
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition

Overview

The University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice Prepares Students to be Leaders for Social Change

Penn Social Policy & Practice (SP2) prepares students to be leaders for social change in their chosen discipline (i.e., social work, social policy, non-profit leadership, or social welfare). The master's and doctoral programs encourage students to think and work across disciplines, cultures, and national boundaries in their pursuit of social justice.

The Penn Approach is a set of guiding principles that supports individuals who work to advance social justice by valuing diversity and working to create a world with a more equitable distribution of social, political, and economic resources by working toward the elimination of social oppression. For over a century, the school has been committed to exposing students to a variety of perspectives related to social work practice, social change, social policy, research, racism and oppression, and the nature of human behavior in the social environment. By combining a respect for the past with an analysis of current professional issues, students are encouraged to generate knowledge with an eye toward the future and a commitment to social change.

Penn Social Policy & Practice offers five degree programs: Master of Social Work (M.S.W.); M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership; M.S. in Social Policy; Doctorate in Clinical Social Work; and Ph.D. in Social Welfare. In addition, students in the M.S.W. program may pursue one of eleven dual-degree programs with other graduate and professional programs at the University of Pennsylvania.

Students at Penn Social Policy & Practice Enjoy Philadelphia's Benefits and Engage Locally to Improve Social Conditions

Penn's 280-acre campus is located in Philadelphia, in a neighborhood known as University City. Students enjoy the benefits of Philadelphia, a historic city and vibrant cultural center that infuses Penn with the energy of urban life. In and beyond the University City neighborhood, students enjoy museums, galleries, theater, dance, music, historical landmarks, the cuisine of renowned chefs, and the infamous Philly cheese steak.

In addition to these numerous cultural opportunities, students have the opportunity to complete field placements/internships in a variety of social service and social policy settings and with nonprofit organizations that are only available in an urban environment such as Philadelphia. Penn has a strong partnership with many local communities to involve students in improving the surrounding areas. The University seeks to promote safe neighborhoods, attract and support area businesses, encourage homeownership, and improve public education.

Penn believes strongly that knowledge should be put to use, and thus encourages not only students, but also faculty, staff, and alumni to contribute time to campus and city initiatives.

Penn Social Policy & Practice Students Obtain Degrees in Social Work, Nonprofit Leadership, Social Policy, and Social Welfare

Penn's Social Policy & Practice offers five degree programs. The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and prepares social work students for leadership roles in both the clinical and macro arenas. The four other degree programs are the Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership (M.S.); Master of Science in Social Policy (M.S.); Ph.D. in Social Welfare (Ph.D.); and Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (D.S.W.).

M.S.W. Students with Interdisciplinary Interests May Choose From Eleven Dual-Degree Programs

Penn's M.S.W. program promotes interdisciplinary collaboration by offering eleven dual-degree programs in partnership with other professional and graduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania. Dual-degree programs offered with the Master of Social Work degree include: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A./M.S.W.); Juris Doctor (M.S.W./J.D.); Master of Business Administration (M.S.W./M.B.A.); Master of Bioethics (M.S.W./M.B.E.); Master of City Planning (M.S.W./M.C.P.); Master of Public Administration (M.S.W./M.P.A.); Master of Public Health (M.S.W./M.P.H.); Master of Science in Criminology (M.S.W./M.S.); Master of Science in Education (M.S.W./M.Ed.); Master of Science in Social Policy (M.S.W./M.S.P.); and the Ph.D. in Social Welfare (M.S.W./Ph.D.).

The School also offers a MSW/Certificate in Jewish Communal Studies, a M.S.W./Certificate in Catholic, Christian, or Lutheran Social Ministry, and a MSW/Home-School Visitor Certificate. Additionally, the MSW program has the following certificate programs, concentrations and specializations: The Child Well-Being & Child Welfare Specialization (CW2); Goldring Reentry Initiative (GRI); Penn Aging Certificate Fellows Program (PAC); Program in Mental Health Education Assessment, Recovery, and Leadership for Social Workers (P.E.A.R.L.S.) Fellowship Program; and the Global Human Rights Certificate.

Students Interested in SP2 Graduate Programs May Apply For a Variety of Financial Aid Scholarships

Penn has over $3 million in financial aid available to students each year. A variety of scholarships are available for prospective graduate students, with a full list available the school or departmental website.


Location & Contact

School of Social Policy and Practice

University of Pennsylvania

3701 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Dr. John L. Jackson, Jr.

Dean

Phone: 215-898-5541
Fax: 215-573-2099
Email: jjackson@sp2.upenn.edu

Mary Mazzola, MSW, EdD

Associate Dean, Enrollment Management & Global Outreach

Phone: 215-898-5550
Fax: 215-573-2099
Email: mmazzola@sp2.upenn.edu

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Departments & Programs

  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Science in Social Policy
  • Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership
  • PhD in Social Welfare
  • Doctorate in Clinical Social Work

    Degrees & Award

    • Degrees Offered
      • Major Degree Levels Offered
      • Master of Social Work (MSW)
        Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP)
        Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership (MSNPL)
        Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (DSW)
        PhD in Social Welfare (PhD)
        Master of Social Work/Juris Doctor (MSW/JD)
        Master of Social Work/Master of Business Administration (MSW/MBA)
        Master of Social Work/Master of Bioethics (MSW/MBE)
        Master of Social Work/Master of City Planning (MSW/MCP)
        Master of Social Work/Master of Public Administration (MSW/MPA)
        Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH)
        Master of Social Work/Master of Science in Criminology (MSW/MS)
        Master of Social Work/Master of Science in Education (MSW/MSEd)
        Master of Social Work/Master of Science in Social Policy (MSW/MSSP)
        Master of Social Work/PhD in Social Welfare (MSW/PhD)
        Master of Science in Social Policy/Juris Doctor (MSSP/JD)
        Master of Science in Social Policy/Master of Science of Public Administration (MSSP/MPA)
        Master of Science in Social Policy/Master of Public Health (MSSP/MPH)
        Bachelor of Arts/Master of Social Work (BA/MSW)
        Bachelor of Arts/Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership (BA/NPL)
    • Degrees Awarded
      • Master's Degrees 196
      • Doctoral Degrees 24
      • First Professional Degrees Not reported
      • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
      • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
    • Earning Your Degree
      • Part-time study available? Yes
      • Evening/weekend programs available? No
      • Distance learning programs available? No
      • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
    • Degree Requirements
      • Master's Degrees
      • Doctoral Degrees
      • First Professional Degrees Not reported
      • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

    Admissions

    63% of applicants are admitted.
    • Acceptance Rate
      • Applied 740
      • Accepted 465
      • Acceptance Rate 63
      • Enrolled 231
    • Applying
      • Application Fee - Domestic $65
      • Application Fee - International $65
      • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
      • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
    • Application Deadlines
      • Type Domestic International Priority Date
      • Fall deadline Please see website Please see website Please see website
      • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
      • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Entrance Requirements
      • Master's DegreesGRE, GMAT, or LSAT (for MSSP and MNPL)
      • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, MSW or master's degree in related field (for PhD); 2 years of post-MSW work experience (for DSW)
      • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
      • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
      • International DegreesTOEFL required, iBT 100

    Tuition & Fees

    • Tuition & Fees
    • Fees
    • Financial Support
      • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
      • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
      • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

    Student Body

    • Gender
      • Total Graduate Students441
      • Female Percentage84%
      • Male Percentage16%
    • Participation
      • Total Graduate Students441
      • Part-time Percentage21%
      • Full-time Percentage79%
    • Ethnicity
      • Hispanic / Latino4%
      • Black / African American11%
      • White / Caucasian64%
      • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
      • Asian15%
      • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
      • Two or more races3%
      • Unknown4%

    Faculty

    • Faculty Breakout
      • Total Faculty99
      • Full-time Percentage25%
      • Part-time Percentage75%
      • Female Percentage53%
      • Male Percentage47%

    Research

    • Existing Research
      • Focus of faculty researchHomelessness, juvenile justice, children's mental health, child welfare, domestic and family violence
      • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$3,458,940


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