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Pennsylvania Graduate Social Work Schools with Master's and PhD Degree Programs

Pennsylvania Graduate Social Work Schools with Master's and PhD Degree Programs

Temple University School of Social Work

This is considered to be one of the most prestigious social work schools in the state. The school emphasizes the importance of working to stop inequality and social injustice. The school offers a number of concentrations for undergraduate and graduate students on the degree track. The school is located in the center of Philadelphia, which allows students access to a vibrant urban area. There are numerous community organizations and groups in the city that work closely with the school. The school has one of the best records of job placement and assures all students the ability to study on the field to gain the experience necessary to excel in the social work profession.

Master in Social Work:

This degree prepares students to meet the challenges and needs of today's social work professionals. Students begin with a core education that involved the study of impoverished and developing communities. Students also learn to analyze policy and look for inadequacies, which they work to fix. Students are asked to choose a particular area of focus. They learn about family and community development and apply their own specific knowledge to the real world contexts. Students who complete this program often work for public or private social work organizations. They also take jobs working for state and federal government agencies. Many go on to complete a PhD in social work.

PhD in Social Work:

This program is for students who already hold a master degree in social work. Students continue their study of the core concepts of the social work field. They master an advanced understanding of inequality, discrimination, family development, poverty, and community growth. Students choose an independent concentration and study closely with faculty advisors who guide the education and suggest possible routes. Students focus on fieldwork which gives them first-hand experience in the social work profession and enhances their understanding of theories and methods.

Contact Information:

Address: Ritter Annex 5th floor, 1301 W. Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091

Phone Number: (215) 204-8623

Penn School of Social Work

This school is a well regarded institution that concentrates on contemporary issues in social work. The school offers graduate and undergraduate classes and allows students to get the field experience necessary to excel in the world of social work. Students may choose from a wide variety of courses and subjects. The school offers classes for working professionals who cannot attend school full-time.

Master in Social Work:

This program is for students who want to secure meaningful positions in the social work field. Students choose from clinical or macro social work concentrations and also take a number of classes that make up the core education. Students also participate in fieldwork, which gives them experience and first-hand training in community organizations.

Contact Information:

Address: 3701 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214

Phone Number: (215) 898-5512

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