Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of the Intensive Weekend Program

The Intensive Weekend Program provides professional graduate-level education for employed social workers and individuals who are interested in community development. You’ll have a four-week preparation period that includes readings and a written assignment. For your convenience, course materials are mailed to you. You’ll provide evidence of completion of reading assignments as directed by the course instructor. The program includes:

  • A four-week preparation period before classes
  • A three-day weekend of classes (Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.)
  • A four-week study period in which additional readings and written assignments are completed
  • A two-day weekend of classes (Saturday and Sunday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • A final study period of approximately three weeks, during which the final course assignment is completed and materials for the next course are received

Classes meet one weekend per month throughout the calendar year. Students are required to attend all classes.

Meet other students from diverse cultures and backgrounds

Students from all over the world attend classes at the Mandel School. Plus, more than one-third of the students who are enrolled in intensive-weekend classes are 41 years and older. This level of diversity and expertise serves to enhance both our curriculum and classroom discussion.

What can I do with an MSSA degree from the Mandel School?

image001-6Meet Ric Kruszynski, Mandel School alum and Director of SAMI Consultation & Training at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices here at the Mandel School. Ric is also a graduate of the Mandel School’s intensive weekend program.

“When I sat in Dr. Mark Singer’s Intensive Semester course on Alcoholism in 1991, scribbling down notes from the work that he and Dr. Lenore Kola had done in conceptualizing the ‘quadrant’ framework for treatment of individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders, I hardly realized at the time that this would in turn shape the work I have done just about every day since….and which I teach programs all over the country to navigate.

“The other day, a student in the Motivational Interviewing course I am teaching this semester described the course content and his growing awareness of its application as a ‘game changer’ for him. I felt proud that the legacy of teaching ‘game changing’ approaches to social work was something I might be extending, as was once extended to me 21 years ago.”

Read about Ric’s latest consulting and training project.


Field Education for Intensive Weekend Students

In addition to the course requirements, Intensive Weekend students must complete four periods of field education (three if you have been granted advanced standing). Field education begins during the initial spring semester. It is necessary for the employed student to develop a learning activities plan at your place of employment with the cooperation of the supervisor and agency administrator. This proposal needs to differentiate clearly the current job responsibilities from the proposed educational activities. This plan, including the qualifications of a proposed field instructor, is submitted at the time of application to the school. The total number of field education hours required to complete the MSSA degree in the Intensive Weekend program are:

1,050 Hours for Non-Advanced Standing Students

Four field periods break down as follows:

  • 1st field period (SASS 601) – 150 hours – spring semester of 1st year
  • 2nd field period (SASS 602) – 300 hours – summer and fall semesters of 2nd year
  • 3rd field period (SASS 603) – 300 hours – spring and summer of 2nd year
  • 4th field period (SASS 604) – 300 hours – fall and spring

900 Hours for Advanced Standing Students

Three field periods break down as follows:

  • 1st field period (SASS 602) – 300 hours – spring and summer semesters of 1st year
  • 2nd field period (SASS 603) – 300 hours – fall and spring of 2nd year
  • 3rd field period (SASS 604) – 300 hours – summer of 2nd year

Students may use the social work agencies where they are employed as their field practicum site, provided:

  • The student has at least one year of paid full-time employment in a human service capacity at the time of matriculation into the Intensive Weekend program.
  • The field instructor must be: 1) someone other than the applicant’s current supervisor or supervisor’s boss; 2) a social worker with at least two years post-master’s experience and licensed or license-eligible at the highest level conferred by the state of residence; and 3) someone committed to attending the field instructor training sessions held at the Mandel School.

The student must demonstrate that he/she can allocate 10-14 hours per week for each field education period. These hours must be specifically differentiated from work performed during other work hours to provide for new learning opportunities. In most instances, this can be incorporated into normal work hours. Learning tasks that are different from or expand upon the student’s current role may include special projects that require new administrative, clinical, or research skills.


For more details and application information, contact the Admissions Office at MandelSchool@case.edu or Intensive Weekend Program Director Jerry Strom at Gerald.Strom@case.edu.