The Saturday Degree Program from MSASS

Are you ready to change careers?

Are you ready to enter the field of social work?

grstudentsThe Saturday Degree Program at MSASS is designed for people who have a desire to make a difference and want a convenient course schedule. Your undergraduate degree can be in any field.

The best part is, you can maintain your job and attend classes on Saturdays. It’s one of the best ways to obtain your master’s degree in four years from a top-ranked school of social work.


The Saturday Degree Program at MSASS is designed to educate professional graduate students with an emphasis on Children, Youth and Families. The program provides students with the competencies they need to practice in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings.

During the course of the program, students will learn engagement, assessment, planning, designing and implementing interventions, termination and referrals to community and professional resources. Courses are offered in 5 Saturday modules (10 Saturdays per semester). Field practicum may be completed outside of work hours during evenings and weekends or a flexible work schedule.

Foundation Coursework

The foundation curriculum for the Saturday Degree Program (27 credit hours) includes the knowledge, values and skills essential for the general practice of social work. The foundation curriculum for the master’s degree program includes these courses:

  • SASS 470 Social Policy
  • SASS 426 Research Methods in Social Work
  • SASS 477 Direct Practice Foundation Methods Skills
  • SASS 440 Human Development I : Child and Adolescent
  • SASS 441 Human Development II : Adults
  • SASS 484 Theories of Oppression and Social Justice
  • SASS 478 Macro & Policy Practice Skills
  • SASS 601 Field Education I

Advanced Courses

The advanced curriculum (33 credit hours) builds upon the foundation courses. Advanced MSSA courses are taken in research, policy, socio-behavioral theory and practice methods for a well-rounded educational experience.

When integrated with an advanced field education experience, students begin to gain an in-depth understanding of the theories, policies, practices, values and skills associated with their area of social work concentration.

Please review the following PDF documents for more information:

Patterns of Enrollment
Schedule of Saturday Classes

Application Process

Components of your MSSA graduate school application for all program options include the following. All information can be submitted online unless otherwise noted:

  • Application form
  • Transcripts (must be sent by the registrar of each institution you attended to the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School Admissions Office)
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Personal statement
  • A current resume highlighting your paid and volunteer experiences
  • A statement about why you chose the Saturday program.

Financial Aid

Eligible candidates should complete the FAFSA to obtain federal funding and, if eligible, funds will be disbursed at the beginning of each academic term. Students need to take a minimum of six (6) credit hours in the spring and fall. Students need a minimum of three (3) credit hours in the summer.

Case Western Reserve employees should contact Human Resources at 216.368.3166 for details on the tuition waiver process. The waiver will cover a minimum of six (6) credit hours in the spring and fall, and a minimum of three (3) credit hours in the summer.

Employees of other organizations should contact their HR benefits office for details on tuition reimbursement.


For more information, please contact Churyl Croone, Director of Recruitment and Admissions.

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