The social work collection supports the degree programs of the University's School of Social Policy and Practice and the research activities of the School's faculty. Currently the major emphasis in the curriculum is applied research related to the profession of social work and the broad field of social welfare in both a historical and contemporary frame. Within this context the analysis of social policy and social issues and the investigation and evaluation of a wide range of intervention programs and practices are major concerns. Faculty research focuses on these areas as well.
The School offers the following graduate degrees: Master of Social Work (MSW), Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP), Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership (MSNPL), Doctorate in Social Welfare (DSW), and Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (CSWE). Students in all programs combine field work in their area of specialization with academic course work. In addition, the School offers over 25 joint degree programs with other departments and schools within the University (e.g. MSW/MS in Criminology, MSSP/JD, and NPL/Master of Environmental Studies) and with other institutions in the area.
In addition, the School partners with other schools within Penn and with local institutions to provide over 20 certificate programs in areas ranging from data analytics to Jewish communal service to global human rights.
There are several research centers at the school, including:
- Center for Carceral Communities
- Center for Guaranteed Income Research
- Center for High Impact Philanthropy
- Center for Social Impact Strategy
- Center for Social Mobility and Prosperity
- Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice and Research
- Ortner Center on Violence and Abuse