The holiday season is upon us, but before it gets too busy, I wanted to take a moment to wish you a happy and peaceful holiday season. Be sure to take time to appreciate what is important to you.
This time of year, many people will be looking ahead to the future and trying to select a graduate school program that best fits their needs. As you consider Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, I wanted to remind you of our mission to shape future social change agents who will lead the way in overcoming social injustice and oppression. This sounds like a daunting task – and it is. However, with the right education, training, and dedication, I know our graduates will continue to forge ahead. Are you up for the task? SP2 can help prepare you to succeed.
Our website (www.sp2.upenn.edu), which contains a wealth of useful information on each of our graduate programs, can help shed light on how SP2 will prepare you for a career in social change, whether it is in Social Work, Social Policy, Non-Profit/NGO Leadership, a PhD in Social Welfare, or a Clinical Doctorate in Social Work. On the website you can explore graduate school life at SP2, get to know current and former students, and learn more about our excellent faculty and dynamic learning opportunities. If you have specific questions about any of the programs we offer, contact information for each of our graduate programs is also online.
Another excellent opportunity for you to learn more about our programs and meet faculty, staff, and current students is to attend an Information Session. The final Information Session for this admissions cycle for all masters programs and the DSW program is scheduled for:
Saturday, January 14th from 10am – 12pm.
The MSSP and NPL programs are holding Information Sessions on:
Thursday, January 5th from 12 – 1:15pm and
Thursday, January 19th from 6 – 7:15pm.
You may register for any of these at: http://www.sp2.upenn.edu/programs/open_house/index.html.
Additionally, I wanted to put out a reminder that although admissions for our MSW program is rolling, the priority deadline for Advanced Standing applicants is January 15th, and for full- and part-time candidates is February 1st. These dates are quickly approaching, so be sure to plan accordingly. The DSW applications are due by February 15th (and they do not accept applications on a rolling basis). NPL and MSSP have a bit more time, as their priority deadlines are in April. However, be sure not to procrastinate, as the sooner you get your application completed, the sooner you will know what the future has in store for you.
Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season,
Melissa Bottiglio, MSW, LCSW
Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment