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Social Work at University of Pennsylvania

If you plan to study social work, take a look at what University of Pennsylvania has to offer and decide if the program is a good match for you. Get started with the following essential facts.

UPenn is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and approximately 26,552 students attend the school each year.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Social Work section at the bottom of this page.

UPenn Social Work Degrees Available

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work
  • Doctorate Degree in Social Work

Online Classes Are Available at UPenn

Don't have the time or the flexibility in your schedule to take traditional classes? Online courses may be the perfect solution for you. They allow independent learners to study when and where they want to while offering the rigor of in-person classes.

For those who are interested in distance learning, UPenn does offer online courses in social work for the following degree levels:

UPenn Social Work Rankings

Note: Although rankings can help you see some information about a school, it's not a good idea to depend on them alone. Be sure to check out other things about the school before making your decision to attend.

There were 17 students who received their doctoral degrees in social work, making the school the #7 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Social Work Student Demographics at UPenn

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the social work majors at University of Pennsylvania.

UPenn Social Work Master’s Program

90% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 163 students who earned a master's degree in Social Work from UPenn in 2020-2021, 10% were men and 90% were women.


Of the students who received a social work master's degree from UPenn, 62% were white. This is above average for this degree on the natiowide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a master's in social work.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 7
Black or African American 10
Hispanic or Latino 12
White 101
International Students 24
Other Races/Ethnicities 9

Careers That Social Work Grads May Go Into

A degree in social work can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for PA, the home state for University of Pennsylvania.

Occupation Jobs in PA Average Salary in PA
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 20,160 $43,680
Social and Community Service Managers 8,300 $65,620
Substance Abuse Social Workers 7,860 $38,440
Healthcare Social Workers 7,560 $53,770
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 4,150 $55,280


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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