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Joint Master of Social Work / MBA program

3 years
3 years
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Program description

In the 21st Century, starting, managing or leading an organization demands business knowledge, human understanding and creativity. Neither skill set suffices on its own, whether the organization is non-profit, for-profit, entrepreneurial or grass roots.

As a joint effort of the Penn School of Social Policy & Practice and Wharton, the dual MSW/MBA program emphasizes these multiple, multi-dimensional skills and competencies. Knowledge about the person in social context, discrimination, interpersonal dynamics, values, and other skill sets in social work enable administrators, managers and entrepreneurs to design human and generative policies and practices. Knowledge about organizational structure and dynamics, marketing, labor policy, strategic planning and other elements of business enable administrators, managers and leaders to be more effective, creative, efficient and ethical.

Application and Admission Requirements

Applicants for this dual degree program must satisfy the admission requirements of both the Wharton School of Business and the Penn School of Social Policy and Practice.

Applicants for admission to the MSW program must hold:
  • a bachelors degree in liberal arts from an accredited college or university; or a bachelors degree in social work from an accredited undergraduate social work program
  • an undergraduate record demonstrating academic achievement.

    Note: Applicants for this program must apply both to the School of Social Policy & Practice and the Wharton School. A separate application and application fee is required for each School.
  • Program overview

    The curriculum covers three years and the two intervening summers, and includes foundation and elective courses for the MSW, and the required basic courses for the MBA. Field internships are arranged in management and policy research and development in such sites as social welfare organizations, hospitals, philanthropic foundations, and government.

    Degree and diploma etc.

    Upon successful completion of the program, students receive the dual degrees of Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Business Administration (MBA).

    Expenses / Tuition Fees

    Depends on the number of courses taken at each school.
    University of Pennsylvania: Wharton
    420 Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 3720 Walnut Street
    PA 19104 Philadelphia

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