Social Work Master’s Degree:
We award a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA, equivalent to an MSW), which is offered in full time (2-year), part time, and Intensive Weekend formats on our Cleveland campus.
Since 1915, the Mandel School has been educating social work leaders. With a groundbreaking curriculum taught by a world-renowned faculty and an 8:1 student/faculty ratio – one of the nation’s lowest among schools of social work – you’ll receive personalized instruction that will elevate your understanding of social work practice, theory, and research and will enhance the practical knowledge you attain in the field.
Our social work master’s degree program is designed to be comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and academically rigorous – combining practice, policy, advocacy, research, theory, and experiential learning. We believe – and our 7,800 alumni confirm – that an MSSA translates into social workers who have received top-ranked academic training, who are better prepared for leadership, and who have more options in their future careers.
When our school was first chartered by Western Reserve University back in 1915, social work was not considered to be a profession. Consequently, the MSW was not considered to be a professional degree program at that time. Our founders created the Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA), which was designated as the first professional degree program in social work at a university in the United States in 1915 and was accredited in 1919 (the first year social work accreditation was given).
For the past 100 years, the Mandel School and our MSSA have been at the forefront in professional social work education and training, and we continue that legacy today.
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). In fact, we have been accredited since 1919, the first year graduate social work education was available. We will be undergoing Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2017.
Case Western Reserve University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
FULFILLS LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS
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).
The Mandel School is the only social work school in the U.S. that provides ALL on-campus, full-time MSSA students with a stipend for their required work in the field. This special award is paid for by the school – not the agency or institution at which the student is working. The exact amount of the stipend will be communicated to incoming students with their scholarship and other financial aid notifications.
We are ranked #9 in the nation and #1 in Ohio for top Graduate Social Work Schools by U.S. News & World Report (March, 2012).
The Best Schools also ranked the Mandel School #8 among social work programs.
And Case Western Reserve University is considered one of the best universities in the United States.
Our MSSA program offers the flexibility to customize your education to pursue your passions and achieve your career goals.
Community Practice for Social Change
A macro social work focus to develop the practical skills and values needed to lead and organize comprehensive social change on a broad scale. This concentration addresses a range of issues including globalization, poverty, inequality and oppression, cultural diversity, human rights, gay rights, women’s rights, and more – understanding their context, opportunities, and lasting solutions. Learn more >
A micro social work focus to address complex human needs in the context an evolving practice environment. Develop the practical skills and values needed to engage individuals, families, and groups; assess client needs and strengths; provide or help arrange needed services and support; weigh intervention alternatives; implement change strategies; and evaluate results.
A wide variety of graduate certificate programs are available to MSSA students that can help enhance knowledge in specific areas and meet career goals. Students who are considering certificates may also want to consider Dual Degree options as well.
Certificate in Nonprofit Management (CNM)
The CNM is designed for social work students and individuals who know they want to manage or lead a nonprofit. For more information, contact Robert Fischer, PhD, director of the Master of Nonprofit Organizations program.
Certificate in Management and Leadership (CML)
This certificate is for social work students who want a sampling of courses designed for managers in social welfare settings. For more information, contact Robert Fischer, PhD, director of the Master of Nonprofit Organizations program. Here is the Notice of Intent to Pursue the CML.
Certificate in Global Health
This interdisciplinary certificate is for students with interests in health issues that transcend national boundaries and are best addressed by cooperative actions and solutions. For more information, contact CWRU’s Center for Global Health and Diseases (link to http://www.case.edu/med/cfgh/index.htm) or Sharon E. Milligan, MSW, MPH, PhD
Certificate in School Social Work
The School Social Work Certificate trains school social workers to provide them with the competencies to practice in a variety of traditional and non-traditional primary and secondary education settings. Such competencies include assessing the needs of school children, designing and implementing interventions, and making referrals to other professionals and agencies as needed. For more information, please refer to the School Social Work Program.
With the help of our experienced field education faculty and staff, you can choose a field placement in your concentration or specialization. Additional program highlights include:
- a paid stipend for field placements for all full-time on-campus MSSA students
- a mutual selection process for field placements (student interviews) at a broad range of community-based organizations
- the ability to learn in multiple evidence-based environments and work with diverse populations
- community-based field seminars
MSSA/MNO: This program is designed for individuals who have set their sights on becoming managers of human services organizations. For the MSSA, students may pursue either Direct Practice or Community Practice for Social Change concentrations.
MSSA/JD: This dual social work/law degree reflects the transformation in social services, as social workers increasingly enroll in law schools to add to their legal knowledge, while lawyers have expanded their activities into the arena of social work.
MSSA/MBA: Combining a social work master’s degree with a master’s degree in business administration is ideal for people wishing to prepare for advanced social work practice and gain management-level skills.
MSSA/MA: A dual Master of Arts in Bioethics and MSSA blends the values of social work with clinical ethics to create an outstanding interdisciplinary experience.
MSSA/MPH: Combining a master’s in social work with a Master’s in Public Health prepares students for leadership in a broad range of health and social services within communities and organizations. Areas of study include prevention program planning, development, and evaluation.
HOW IT WORKS
Receive your MSSA in less time so that you can begin making a difference in your chosen career at an accelerated pace. Your bachelor’s degree will be granted by your undergraduate college when you’ve successfully completed your first year of our MSSA program.
Case Western Reserve University
College of Wooster
John Carroll University
Ohio Northern University
HOW TO APPLY
You must apply to the Mandel School before the second semester of your junior year. To begin the application process, contact Churyl Croone in our admissions department at Churyl.Croone@case.edu or 216.368.2827 to set up an interview to determine your readiness for professional education. To qualify, you must demonstrate superior academic ability and achievement during your first three years of undergraduate study, have sufficient coursework in the social and behavioral sciences by the end of your junior year, have a 3.2 GPA or higher, and obtain a letter of eligibility from the University Registrar at your undergraduate school.
- Identify as a Reflective Professional Social Worker
- Advocate for Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
- Apply Social Work Practice Methods
- Uphold Social Work Values and Ethics
- Integrate Cultural, Economic, and Global Diversity
- Think Critically About Theory and Research Knowledge
- Communicate Effectively
- Develop as a Social Work Leader
How are we doing? Check out our Outcome Assessment Data provided to CSWE in 2015.