The Community Practice for Social Change Concentration

If you are passionate about social change, consider a graduate degree in Community Practice for Social Change from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School. The CPSC concentration at MSASS emphasizes the importance of community in local neighborhoods and internationally. The program is for graduate students who want to improve individual and community well-being and focus on promoting social change and social justice. CPSC students and graduates develop an understanding of the context of social challenges and difficult human problems while making a visible impact on people and their communities.

MSASS students

The Community Practice for Social Change education will prepare MSASS students to lead comprehensive, social change on a broad scale. It addresses a wide range of issues, including

  • globalization
  • poverty
  • inequality and oppression
  • cultural diversity
  • women’s issues
  • human rights

The Community Practice for Social Change concentration is committed to building knowledge, real-world skills and social work values. CPSC students master skills for roles and careers that address emerging social issues, including:

  • community organizers
  • leaders of community-based / human service organizations
  • program developers
  • social planners
  • evaluators
  • researchers
  • policy makers

The CPSC concentration is offered in both the full time and intensive weekend program.


What is CSD?

Cleveland neighborhoods

Community” - Often designated by geographic boundaries; also extends to shared interests, backgrounds or affiliations

Development” - The process of increasing physical, economic, social, cultural and spiritual assets of a community

Social Development” - A primary focus on the social processes that enable individuals and families to achieve and sustain a higher standard of living

Community Building” – A strategic focus on building networks and capacity among individuals and organizations


CPSC Field Placement Opportunities

Field Education is an integral part of the degree program at MSASS. Students complete their advanced field placements in approved field settings that provide opportunities to practice roles in leadership, management, program development, community building and community organizing. Graduate students collaborate with non-profit, community-based and government organizations while working on their degree coursework. For more on field placements, check out our  list of affiliated agencies for CPSC.


Patterns of Enrollment

For all patterns of enrollment visit the MSASS registrar’s page.


Louis Stokes Fellowship

The Louis Stokes Fellowship in Community and Social Development provides tuition scholarships to students already working in community development. The fellowship is designed for those enrolled in the intensive weekend program to accommodate work schedules and foster leadership among African-Americans and Hispanics in the field of community development.


CPSC Faculty


Mark Chupp, PhD
Claudia Coulton, PhD
David Crampton, PhD
Mark Joseph, PhD
Sharon Milligan, PhD
Anna Maria Santiago, PhD

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