A Brief History of the Mandel School

Consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost graduate schools of social work, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) has always understood the history and dynamics of social work.

Since its founding in 1915 as one of the nation’s first university-affiliated schools of social work, the Mandel School has been an innovator in professional education. At the Mandel School, educators, researchers and practitioners work side-by-side to investigate, study and disseminate knowledge to bridge the gap between the classroom and communities in which social workers practice.

The mission of the Mandel School is to provide and integrate professional social work education, research and service to promote social justice and empowerment in communities through social work practice locally, nationally and internationally.

We at the Mandel School believe that advanced practitioners are strategists of change, working in partnership with others to enhance the caring capacity of communities. We are committed to preparing advanced practitioners able to understand the dynamics of problematic social situations and to identify the strengths and resources in individuals, families and communities that offer the best hope of solutions. Our school is dedicated to developing leadership in the empowerment at all systems levels and in the ongoing struggle against discrimination and oppression. The Mandel School supports innovation and excellence in the service of building healthy communities.

The school’s long-standing dedication to community action has brought more than 300 organizations into a field education program of unusual scope. In every type of local and regional organization, students develop skills in direct practice, policy analysis and development, research, management and community development.

A Mandel School education is more than preparation. It is an opportunity to join a national network of scholars and practitioners who are shaping the course of social work in communities throughout the world.


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