Education. Action. Impact.
PRACTICE AND RESEARCH FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
FACTS AND FIGURES
Committed to inclusion, excellence, and impact.
Number of hours spent in field placements, internships, and practicums each year
Number of available field placements, internships, and practicum sites
U.S. News & World Report ranking for Best Grad School Social Work Program
Percentage of students who applied for & received financial assistance
SP2 alumni network
When you give to SP2, you ensure our faculty, students, and alumni have the resources they need to be driving forces for positive change in child welfare, homelessness, mental health, public health policy, racial and gender equity, and more.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Our commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, intersectionality, and social justice is at the core of everything we do.
Pursue Your Passion
Our diverse master’s programs equip you with the theoretical skills and practical experience you need to make a lifetime of impact.
Prepare to make your mark as an advanced social work scholar or practitioner through our rigorous PhD and DSW programs.
Dual degree PROGRAMS
We partner with other schools from across Penn to offer dual degrees in a range of different disciplines.
certificate PROGRAMS & specializations
Enhance and deepen your SP2 experience by digging deep into a specific sub-specialty or area of interest.
Unique partnerships with organizations at Penn and around the world provide novel opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration.
Shweta Chopra, MSSP+DA’19
Originally from India, Chopra’s undergraduate education in economics and liberal arts helped her make sense of a diverse and unequal world. Today, she’s using her SP2 experience to make a difference as a data scientist for BlueLabs Analytics.
Codi Smith, PhD in Social Welfare ’22
After working in the nonprofit sector, Smith, who began pursuing her PhD after a stint in the nonprofit sector, is leading research that explores management of the “third sector” in international settings and their place within cross-sector partnerships.
We’re conducting groundbreaking, transdisciplinary research that explores the root causes of oppression and inequality – and works to produce innovative, effective solutions.
SP2’s 2023 Commencement highlights need “to improve the well-being of all people”
Themes of joy, humanity, and justice took center stage at the 2023 Commencement of Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2). In an evening ceremony at the Palestra on Saturday, May 13, graduates and their families and friends heard from SP2 Dean Sara S. Bachman and Commencement Speaker Amber Hikes, MSW’08, before cheering on the presentation of graduates across SP2’s five degree programs.