The Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA, equivalent to an MSW) at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation. In fact, we have been accredited since 1919, the first year graduate social work education was available.

Accreditation of a master’s social work program by CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation¬†indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

We will be undergoing Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2018.  In the meantime, you may review our Outcome Assessment Report provided to CSWE in 2016.

Case Western Reserve University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).


The MSSA degree fulfills many of the requirements of social work licensure in all 50 states in the United States. To become licensed in any state, you must also complete the licensure exam and complete supervised hours (post-masters). For an explanation of the various licensing requirements for social workers, please visit the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).

Complaint Resolution

State-Specific Disclosures and Authorizations for Online MSSA Program