Concentrations and Specializations at MSASS
The MSSA concentrations and specializations offered by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences include:
- Community Practice for Social Change
- Direct Practice Concentration (see the five specializations below)
The emphasis on community practice indicates the importance of community in understanding the context of social challenges, opportunities and lasting solutions.
Although community often refers to geographic communities, the concepts and strategies are also applicable to other types of communities, such as communities of interest, background or affiliation and the process of increasing the assets of a community, including physical, economic, social, cultural and spiritual assets. Social change is highlighted because we have unique expertise in the social assets, needs, and processes that enable individuals and families to achieve and sustain a higher standard of living.
The direct practice concentration prepares students to address complex human needs in the context of an evolving practice environment. This program focuses on skill development and fosters the integration of knowledge about diverse populations and problems as they occur in a variety of practice settings.
Within the direct practice concentration, there are five specializations: