The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University is once again ranked No. 9 nationally and No. 1 in Ohio, according to the newest ranking of graduate schools released this week by U.S. News & World Report — a familiar spot for the internationally-renowned social work school, which has been ranked No. 9 since 2013.
This new ranking of its social work master’s program places the Mandel School in the top four percent of all nationally accredited MSW programs and saw its peer assessment score rise from 3.9 to 4.0.
“Being ranked the No. 9 social work program in the nation is a testament to the extraordinary education offered by our exemplary faculty and staff. It also speaks to the quality of work done by our alumni throughout the nation, for it is the alumni who every day have a positive impact on the clients and communities they serve,” said Grover C. Gilmore, PhD, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences.
This ranking announcement comes at a significant time for the Mandel School, and not just because it’s Social Work Month.
It is a record year for enrollment, with more than 500 students enrolled in 2015-2016, up 26% over the previous school year. Applications for 2016-2017 are up 44% over this time last year, putting the Mandel School on track for another record year as social work employment is projected to grow 19% by 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
This ranking announcement also comes as the Mandel School is in the midst of a Centennial, celebrating 100 years of being America’s first university-affiliated social work school since it was founded in 1915 and welcomed its first class of students in 1916.
“The school was started 100 years ago by leaders who had a vision of a professional school that would establish high standards for the new profession of social work,” said Dean Gilmore. “For the past 100 years, the faculty has striven to create scholarship and training methods that are innovative, vibrant and responsive to the ever-changing needs of society and are transforming people’s lives. We can be proud we have lived up the high expectations of our founders and the quality of the school is recognized by our national rank.”
U.S. News & World Report bases their social work program rankings on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators and faculty at accredited social work degree schools or programs. Only fully accredited MSW programs in good standing during the survey period are ranked.
The Mandel School offers a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA, equivalent to an MSW) on Case Western Reserve’s Cleveland campus and online, as well as a Master of Nonprofit Management program on campus. For additional information, visit socialwork.case.edu.