Dual MSSA and MNO:  Social Work and Management of Nonprofit Organizations

The Dual MSSA/MNO Degree program offered by the Mandel School is designed for individuals without previous graduate training in social work or management who have set their sights on becoming managers of human services organizations. Students may pursue direct practice or the CPSC (macro) concentration in the MSSA degree.

MSSA/MNO students in micro and macro concentrations receive Mandel School credit for nine hours of work taken in the Mandel Center’s program. Those courses are:

  • MAND 405 Ethics and Professionalism for Nonprofit Leaders
  • MAND 406 Nonprofit Public Policy andAdvocacy
  • MAND 408 Philanthropic Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations


MSSA/MNO students in the macro concentration receive three hours of credit from the Mandel Center for SSBT 534 Organizational Theory taken at the Mandel School.

In addition, Mandel School students must take SSWM 541 Attracting Governmental, Foundation, and Corporate Support. In all, MSSA/MNO students are required to take 42-45 credits of MNO courses and 36 academic and 15 field work credits of MSSA courses.

Students beginning their studies in the MSSA program must apply to the MNO program prior to completing 16 credits of Mandel School courses. Students beginning their course work at the  Mandel Center must apply to the Mandel School before completing 15 credits of  Mandel Center courses. Students must finish one complete year in either the MSSA or MNO program (in either order) before they can mix courses from both programs. Students should anticipate 2 – 2 1/2 years of study to complete this dual degree. Students must receive the MSSA and MNO degrees simultaneously to receive the double counted credits for course work described here. MSSA/MNO students continue to register at their initial school of enrollment throughout the dual program.

For more information on this dual degree program, including a detailed list of required courses, please contact:

Rob Fischer, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Case Western Reserve University

10900 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44106-7164

Phone: (216) 368-2711



Master of Science in Social Administration/Certificate in Nonprofit Management (MSSA/CNM)

Students in the MSSA program who wish to obtain a certificate in nonprofit management can take advantage of a specialized program of study offered by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. To obtain the certificate, students must complete all course requirements for the MSSA degree. They must also complete a minimum of 15 credit hours (5 courses) in courses approved by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center as well as attend all meetings of the Nonprofit Leadership Dialogues series.  At least 9 of the 15 credit hours (3 courses) may be taken as free electives in the student’s Mandel School concentration and be double counted toward the certificate.