The world needs leaders equipped with tools to make a difference.

The School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) will prepare you to become one of those leaders, as a policy maker, practitioner, educator, activist, and more. You’ll draw on the numerous resources the University of Pennsylvania has to offer, immersing yourself in a program that is equal parts analytical and practical. It’s an education and an experience that equips you to harness the power of policy and practice to make lasting positive change.

Academic Offerings

Master’s Programs

Our diverse master’s programs equip you with the theoretical skills and practical experience you need to make a lifetime of impact.

Doctoral Programs

Prepare to make your mark as an advanced social work scholar or practitioner through our rigorous PhD in Social Welfare and Doctorate in Clinical Social Work 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 your SP2 experience by digging deep into a specific sub-specialty or area of interest.


Unique partnerships with organizations around the world provide novel opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration.

Continuing Education: OpenSP2

We provide a wide range of flexible, convenient, and relevant continuing education and professional development offerings.

“Here at SP2, we are looking for critical thinkers committed to making impactful change in our world. Each year, I look forward to welcoming a new cohort of students knowing that they will be impacting societal change on many levels.”

Mary Mazzola, Associate Dean, Enrollment Management and Global Outreach

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