Certificate programs & SPECIALIZATIONS
Add a focus to your social work degree
MSW students have the option to incorporate certificate programs or specializations into their standard course of study. Specializations and certificates are entirely optional but offer a focused academic experience for those students who want to delve deeply into a particular area of practice.
Occasionally, students are able to complete more than one specialization, but this requires very specific course scheduling. A number of factors contribute to the feasibility of completing additional specializations, including course availability, ability to cross-count courses between specializations, nature of field placement, etc. Students who are interested in more than one specialization should review the requirements for each specialization and discuss course scheduling with their academic advisor.
It is expected that all requirements for the specialization be met while the student is completing the MSW degree. Any exceptions must be approved in advance by the specialization director.
ANN NOLAN REESE PENN AGING CERTIFICATE
Through the Penn Aging Certificate (PAC) Program, students can be social change agents and leaders in the significant field of gerontological social work.
CHILD WELL-BEING & CHILD WELFARE SPECIALIZATION
The Child Well-Being & Child Welfare Specialization educates students to provide services in a culturally competent manner to produce positive outcomes for children and families.
COHEN VETERANS NETWORK MSW SCHOLARS PROGRAM
SP2 addresses a shortage of critical mental health services for veterans and their families who may be experiencing PTSD, depression, and suicidality through the Cohen Veterans Network MSW Scholars Program.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SPECIALIZATION
The Criminal Justice Specialization educates students to provide culturally competent services to people involved with and impacted by the criminal justice system.
GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS CERTIFICATE
The Global Human Rights Certificate is designed to provide enriched perspectives on human rights.
GOLDRING REENTRY INITIATIVE
The Goldring Reentry Initiative (GRI) addresses the growing epidemic of mass incarceration and the many barriers individuals incarcerated in the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS) face upon release.
MSW/HOME-SCHOOL VISITOR CERTIFICATION
Individuals with the Home and School Visitor Certification (HSV) provide professional social work services in a variety of K-12 educational institutions.
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINX STUDIES
As part of the Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Latinx Studies, students are able to gain exposure in Latin America and Latinx Studies in conjunction with their social work education.
CERTIFICATE IN LAW
The University of Pennsylvania Law School offers a Certificate in Law to students enrolled in the MSW program.
Through courses & fieldwork addressing legal, physical & mental health care, social service & educational needs of LGBTQ communities, students study issues of gender & sexuality for the LGBTQ Certificate.
SOCIAL WORK IN HEALTH CARE SPECIALIZATION
The Social Work in Health Care Specialization aims to prepare students for successful careers across healthcare-relevant practice settings.
Mai Le, JD, MSW
Administrative Director, MSW Program
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