The Mandel School MSSA or MNO degree program : Your Connection to Community

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Every graduate school has unique strengths, and at the Mandel School, our core strength is our connection to community. Since 1916, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University has been nationally recognized for its community-based research, as well as its ability to transform social and economic leaders. Our network of partnerships and connections in the non-profit world offers students a first-hand look at how social systems work.

Here in northeast Ohio, the Mandel School is part of the urban core. Our community’s diverse, multi-ethnic makeup gives students the opportunity to witness effective change while engaging in all aspects of the social change process. Over three-quarters of our faculty have research and training grants. Plus, we are one of the few schools that offer:

  • the flexibility to choose a specialized field of practice
  • the financial aid you need
  • guaranteed job placement assistance for graduates

Earn Your Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) Degree

At the Mandel School, students work directly with faculty that have decades of practice and research experience. Our five centers collaborate with agencies and community partners to give students a direct path to those who need help now. Our expertise in violence prevention, poverty, aging populations, dual disorders, community revitalization, child-welfare systems and more, is what makes the Mandel School unique. We consistently develop strategies and research that leads to lasting solutions.

Enjoy the Flexibility of Choosing Between Two Unique Concentrations

Our Community Practice for Social Change Concentration is designed for students who want to make a difference in their community. Our program addresses a wide range of social issues, from globalization and inequality, to cultural diversity and aging. Our Direct Practice initiative is designed for students who plan to address the unique challenges related to family violence, mental health, substance abuse and dual disorders. Plus, our ability to help state and county health authorities, community mental health agencies and clinics become better advocates for change is what makes us No. 1 in Ohio and No. 10 in the U.S.

The Mandel School provides the tools and resources you need for a transformative graduate-level education. Apply for your MSSA with a concentration in Community Practice for Social Change. Or, find out more about the Direct Practice Concentration .

Earn Your Master of Nonprofit Management (MNO) Degree

The Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) degree program prepares students interested in the nonprofit sector for management and leadership positions by building their skills, competencies, knowledge and capacity. The MNO degree has five educational program objectives for its graduates: (1) to bring contextual understanding to managerial decision-making; (2) to develop, analyze and apply relevant data; (3) to inspire and engage volunteers and professionals in the creation and implementation of ethically-grounded strategies to advance organizational mission;(4) to develop and implement revenue generation strategies; and (5) to manage human and financial resources effectively, efficiently, and ethically.
The full time program consisting of thirty-nine (39) credit hours can be completed in twelve (12) months over three (3) semesters. Students begin each year in the summer semester (June) and conclude at University graduation in the following May.
The curriculum will provide education that instills analytical skills, knowledge relevant to ethical and entrepreneurial decision-making and expertise in acquiring and managing resources. Graduates will be trained to enhance organizational effectiveness, harness passion,dedication, and vision, make the best use of resources and seek new resources. Graduates will gain hard and soft management skills needed to address a wide range of issues confronting nonprofits and become professionals who work to influence political and social decisions, create stronger organizations, build capacity and advance the organization’s mission.

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