The 8 Abilities

The MSSA curriculum is built solidly on the school’s groundbreaking
Ability Based Learning Environment (ABLE).

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School faculty has identified eight abilities needed for competent practice at the level of master’s degree programs. All of the classroom courses, field education and other learning opportunities in a student’s social science program are intentionally designed to help him or her develop and demonstrate competence in these abilities.

The Eight Abilities of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is a¬†triad of knowledge, skills, and values. Each of our master’s degree programs prepare students in the following eight¬†competencies:

  • 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.


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