Social Policy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
University rank #10 (WUR) , PA,
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.

About

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.

Accreditation

The University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.On June 26, 2014, the Commission reaffirmed the University's accreditation, as reflected in the most recent Statement of Accreditation Status.

This action followed a rigorous process in which the University prepared an in-depth campus-wide Self-Study Report and was reviewed by an evaluation team consisting of faculty members and administrators from peer institutions. This Self-Study Report can be read, in full or in individual chapters, at the links below and to the left.The next significant action related to the University's accreditation will be a Periodic Review Report in 2019.

Programme Structure

Courses:

  • Policy: Analysis of Issues, Strategy and Process
  • Law and Social Policy
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Research & Evaluation Design
  • Applied Linear Modeling
  • Economics for Social Policy
  • Capstone Seminar and Internship (I and II)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • 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.
  • GRE Scores
  • Application fee of $65
  • MSSP application essay
  • MSSP writing sample (preferably on a policy-related topic)
  • Financial Plan form
  • References (two academic and one employment)
  • Resume

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    59114 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 59114 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National Applies to you

    59114 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 59114 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research manages a number of internal funding opportunities on behalf of the University, including:

  • University Research Foundation (URF)
  • Provost Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund (PISF)
The Vice Provost for Research also leads large institutional funding opportunities, at times in conjunction with School leaders:
  • Limited Submission Opportunities
For Penn constituents interested in new sponsorship opportunities PennERA offers two services:
  • SMARTS provides daily email alerts of potential opportunities of interest to Penn investigators.
  • SPIN is a searchable database of funding opportunities from the US federal government and 1,700 other sources.

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