MASTER OFSOCIAL WORK
Become a skilled, empathic social worker committed to impact and the pursuit of justice.
Full Time (Two-Year)
Part Time (Three-Year)
Child Welfare Education for Leadership (CWEL)
Sequences in the MSW Program may schedule sequence-wide lectures for all sections at various points in the semester. These lectures feature experts in the field and are a mandatory component of the course(s). Joint lectures are scheduled on Wednesday evenings (6:30 – 8:00 PM); students should not register for other courses on Wednesday nights that conflict with the joint lecture time slot. Students who have extenuating circumstances that prevent them from attending the joint lectures must make arrangements with their course instructors to receive the lecture content in another way.
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Amber Hikes, MSW’08
“This world, this country, needs SP2 graduates more than ever. I have not had a traditional career — I’ve been an organizer, an educator, a nonprofit leader, an executive director, and a policymaker, but I’ve always been an advocate and I’ve always been a proud social worker. And at every turn, I’ve hired social workers, policymakers, and nonprofit leaders to help me lead this work.”
Field education is an integral and required part of the overall MSW curriculum, connecting classroom learning with the practical work of an agency setting. Our students gain important knowledge and skills and make meaningful contributions at organizations such as hospitals, community centers, and hospice agencies, both here in Philadelphia and beyond.
SP2 MSW alumni win all three Annual awards from Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work
In a sweep for Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, alumni of the Master of Social Work Program have won all three of the annual Awards for Clinical Excellence presented by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work.
Faculty & Research
Working to understand & prevent intimate partner violence: A Q&A with Assistant Professor Millan AbiNader
A long-time advocate for survivors of gender-based violence, Millan AbiNader, MSW, PhD, is a mixed-methods researcher and macro social worker who seeks to understand how systems and communities affect individuals' experiences of gender-based violence. AbiNader began working as a victim services advocate as a college student and aims to stay connected to those roots as she leads research that supports survivor healing and perpetrator change.
Jessie Harper joins SP2 as director of inclusion education and Social Justice Scholars Program
Dr. Jessie Harper has joined SP2 as the inaugural director of inclusion education and the Social Justice Scholars Program. Dr. Harper comes to SP2 after nearly two decades at Penn’s Graduate School of Education (GSE), where she most recently served as assistant dean of faculty affairs and diversity.