Professional and continuing education opportunities for every type of learner

At the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), we’re committed to providing a wide range of continuing education opportunities. Whether you’re a social work or policy professional eager to gain new knowledge and earn additional credentials or are employed in a different field and want to explore how SP2’s coursework and thought leadership can enrich your career and life, we provide flexible options for every type of learner. 

OpenSP2 programming includes Executive and Certificate Programs, many of them transdisciplinary collaborations with SP2 research centers and other Penn Schools. We also offer robust online programs in areas that include Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, and an LSW exam prep. All of these learning opportunities have been shaped by Penn’s world-class faculty and research, and welcoming, engaging opportunities that provide learners with relevant experience and connections.

Executive and Certificate Programs

Professional Certificate in Organizational Leadership in Social Work

A transdisciplinary collaboration with the Wharton School provides current students and alumni with a flexible opportunity to chart their own learning path, become effective leaders, and generate enduring social impact.

Advanced Certificate in Oncology Social Work

This certificate provides current healthcare social workers with the superior skills and knowledge they need in their work with individuals, families, and communities impacted by cancer.

Funder Executive Education

This program is designed for grantmakers, foundation trustees, foundation executive directors/CEOs, and other philanthropic leaders eager to create more social impact with their giving.

Executive Program for Social Impact Strategy

This program offers a comprehensive online and in-person curriculum that arms students with cutting-edge social impact tools and frameworks to ensure that they maximize the impact of their ideas.

Executive Arts and Culture Strategy

This eight-month online and in-person Ivy League certificate is designed to advance students’ careers in arts and culture.

Executive Program in Digital Media for Social Impact

The Executive Program in Digital Media for Social Impact (DMSI) combines training from scholars and practitioners at the forefront of today’s media landscape with action-oriented tools and frameworks to help you think strategically and creatively. 

Executive Program for Social Innovation Design

This 5-month hybrid program is for design professionals who want to utilize their skill set for positive change, and professionals working in mission-driven organizations but needing design tools to achieve.

Online Programs from the SP2 Center for Social Impact Strategy

Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs and Innovators

This course provides and introduction to social impact strategy and social entrepreneurship including key concepts, an overview of the field, and tools to get started as a changemaker.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) A Strategic Approach

This course explores how CSR creates shared value for firms, employees, and society as businesses and nonprofits work together on complex societal issues.


Policies & Support

Social Work Continuing Education Credit Programs

Social Work Continuing Education Credit Programs



Program Costs

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and Refund Policy

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Social Work & Human Services Community Portal

Looking for tools and resources to help navigate the job search process? Our Social Work & Human Services Community portal is a great place to start.

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Nicole Auge

Director of Instructional Design and Educational Technology