Case Western Reserve University


Each state’s social work board determines the requirements applicable to candidates seeking licensure. If you intend to seek a clinical social worker license in N.H., please note that no online degree program without an on-ground residency requirement, including CWRU’s online degree program, is sufficient for licensure as a clinical social worker in N.H.

Due to state regulations, Case Western Reserve is presently unable to accept applications for admission to an online degree program from AL.

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Case Western Reserve University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The fully accredited, online MSSA program is one of only a few social work programs which offer an advanced track for BSW students and scholarship opportunities for online students.

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Case Western Reserve University's online Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) prepares students with the practical knowledge they’ll need to become influential leaders in the field of social work, whether practicing locally, nationally, or internationally. Learn to make a greater impact through social work leadership with a degree recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the only online program among the top ten Master’s in Social Work degrees. The online Master of Science in Social Administration at Case Western Reserve University develops adept, conscientious professionals with a commitment to helping those in need and the practical skills to make it happen.

Case Western Reserve University has been educating leaders in the field since 1915, when our Master of Science in Social Administration became the nation’s first professional degree program in social work at a university. Delivered through the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, this transformational offering continues our proud tradition of training the advocates for social justice that the field so desperately needs.

Choose from two specializations that let you tailor your educational experience to your interests:

Community Practice for Social Change
Lasting social change requires innovative and strategic action in organizations, communities and systems. While some social workers focus on working directly with individuals and families, students on the Community Practice for Social Change track focus on longer-term change at a broader scale. While working toward a degree in social work, students develop the real-world skills and social work values needed to lead comprehensive social change on a broad scale. This involves addressing a range of issues including globalization, poverty, inequality and oppression, culture diversity, women’s issues, human rights and more.

Direct Practice
Students enrolled in the Direct Practice concentration learn 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. Select one of two specializations:

Online Master of Science in Social Administration degree highlights include:

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