Earn Your Master’s in Social Work Online from Case Western Reserve University

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Join Our Community of Change Agents

As the nation’s first university-affiliated school of social work, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences has been a leader in creating a more just world for more than 100 years.

We’re driven by our commitment to social change. Just as our founders envisioned more than a century ago, we combine rigor, research, theory and hands-on practice to prepare our students to tackle the complex challenges around them—and lead lasting change in their communities.

The Online Master of Science in Social Administration

Our online Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) prepares students like you—compassionate, diverse individuals ready to make a difference at the local, state and federal levels—to become the social work leaders the future needs.

Our CSWE-accredited MSSA curriculum offers three specializations: Children, Youth and Families; Community Practice for Social Change; and Mental Health with Adults.


MSSA: Our Legacy

Created in 1915 as the very first professional degree program in social work at a university in the United States, our MSSA continues to set the standard for what graduate social work education can look like. It is equivalent to an MSW and recognized as such by employers, state licensing boards, other universities and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Explore the Online MSSA

The Learning Experience

Our innovative online program brings together individuals across all backgrounds and disciplines who share a passion for social change. As a student you will:

  • Attend class, participate in rich discussions and complete your coursework entirely online. No campus visits required.
  • Apply what you learn immediately in real-world scenarios through your field education component.
  • Learn from world-class faculty who are actively contributing to the field—and you’ll engage with them directly because of our small class sizes.

“Teaching in the Mandel School's online program lets me connect with students all over the country and bring our top-ranking education to them, wherever they are.”

– Kathy Farkas, Associate Professor

The Mandel School

The Mandel School was founded in 1915, a time when social work was not yet considered a profession. Though much has changed since then, we remain committed to advancing leadership in social work and nonprofit education to build a better world.

Our Guiding Principles

At the Mandel School, we prepare social work leaders to:

  • Empower the vulnerable and oppressed.
  • Improve the well-being of our society.
  • Advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves.
  • Enhance the capacity of individuals to address their own needs.

Our Programs

The Mandel School offers its MSSA program online, on campus and through a weekend intensive option. In addition to our three MSSA formats, various certificates and dual-degree options, we also offer a Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) program and a PhD in Social Welfare program on campus.

Our Alumni

We know social work is a calling, not just a job. Our 8,000+ alumni — spanning all 50 states and 41 countries — enact change in their communities and organizations, as well as help shape important government policy. They can be found using what they learned at the Mandel School to make a lasting impact across industries that range from schools and hospitals to financial companies and professional sports teams.

Build a Better Future with an MSSA