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MS Social Policy

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
2 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
57022 USD
National
57022 USD

Application fee

International 0 USD
National 0 USD
EU 80 USD
Department
School of Social Policy and Practice
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)307
GMAT (avg)732
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About this course

The Master of Science in Social Policy Program (MSSP) program is an eleven-month, ten-course program that prepares professionals with knowledge and skills to use policy to increase equality, promote equity, and forge social change. MSSP graduates are prepared for policy leadership positions in government, philanthropic foundations, research institutes, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations, and other related settings, through:

  • Understanding the world views, assumptions, and philosophies underlying all policy solutions;
  • Understanding how decisions about social policy issues are made, shaped and influenced at local, state, national and global levels;
  • Formulating a social reform agenda that is evidence-based and aims at improving the equity, effectiveness, and efficiency of policy creation and implementation; and
  • Generating and considering a wide array of policy options to address social problems.

The program is designed for:

  • Early and mid-career professionals engaged in policy work in a wide variety of organizational settings;
  • Social science Bachelor’s degree recipients, preferably with one year of post-BA employment, who wish to develop policy skills; and
  • Students pursuing other advanced degrees at Penn who wish a graduate degree in social policy. The MSSP may be combined with the following degrees: Master of Social Work (MSW), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Public Health (MPH), and Juris Doctor (JD).

In every case, the student’s progress in meeting the program’s requirements will be guided by a written Academic Plan (AP) developed jointly by the student and the student’s academic advisor.

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Eligibility Criteria

Eng lang – On the TOEFL-iBT exam (Internet-Based Test), competitive applicants tend to have a composite score of 100 and above (the exam is scaled from 0-120, with 120 being a perfect score) with demonstrated consistency on each section of the exam (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). On the Paper- Based TOEFL, Penn tends to admit students with a score of 600 and above (the exam is scaled from 310 to 677, with 677 being a perfect score).

  • IELTS - 7.0
  • GRE - 307
  • GMAT - 732

 

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Course Modules

Curriculum: MSSP
The standard ten-course, ten-credit MSSP curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge base and analytical skills needed to participate in policy analysis, creation, and evaluation.
Core courses required for MSSP

  • MSSP 628: Policy: Analysis of Issues, Strategy and Process
  • MSSP 629: Research & Evaluation Design
  • MSSP 630: Quantitative Reasoning
  • MSSP 631: Law and Social Policy
  • MSSP 897: Applied Linear Modeling
  • MSSP 668: Economics for Social Policy
  • MSSP 632: Capstone Seminar I and II: Policy Communications and Policy Internship

Social policy internships (Credit Incorporated In MSSP Capstone Seminar)
Students have the opportunity to practice their policy analysis skills and gain work experience through a required policy internship. The 6-8 week internship is structured on the basis of individual student interests and past social policy experience(s). When appropriate, students may complete the internship requirement at their current place of employment. Internships may occur anywhere in the United States or in another country best suited to the learning objectives of the student. In every case, the policy internship must consist of a minimum commitment of 150 hours.

Electives required for MSSP
Three elective courses offer students the opportunity to maximize breadth in multiple substantive policy areas or to choose a specialized area of social policy analysis and conduct further research.

Elective courses may be identified in SP2, the Fels Institute, Medicine, Nursing, Wharton, Graduate School of Education, Urban Studies, other departments in the School of Arts and Sciences, and other Penn Schools and departments for possible approval.

Waiver Exam
MSSP students are eligible to elect to take a waiver exam for MSSP 630: Quantitative Reasoning. Any student who passes the waiver exam must take an elective in its place, which may include, but is not limited to, a more advanced research methods course.

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How to Apply

For priority consideration of your application for admission, the School should receive applications for the MSSP program by March 15th. The following materials are required:

Applicants must submit transcripts detailing all undergraduate and postgraduate study. This includes coursework conducted at an applicant’s degree-granting institutions(s) as well as in study abroad programs and at institutions out of which an applicant may have transferred. Applicants should upload copies of their official transcripts (i.e. not screenshots from a student record or student grade system) that clearly displays their name, dates of enrollment, the names of all courses in which they enrolled, and the credits and grades awarded for each class. Applicants should not mail hard copies of transcripts to the School for purposes of application review.Applicants who are admitted are required to submit final, official copies of all transcripts prior to matriculation. Transcripts must provide confirmation of degrees conferred.

  • For international applicants whose first language is not English, TOEFL score (Institutional Code 2926; Department Code 95) or IELTS score taken in the last two years;
  • GRE Scores (Institutional Code 2926; Department Code 5001) from the last five years. We also accept GMAT scores;
  • Application fee of $65 paid by credit card; if you apply by December 31st, the fee is reduced to $25;
  • MSSP application essay;
  • MSSP writing sample (preferably on a policy-related topic);
  • References (two academic and one employment);
  • Resume.

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