Why Choose an Online Social Work Degree?

The online Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) from the No. 9-ranked Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences1 stands apart from online MSW programs.

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Recognized as the equivalent to an MSW

With an emphasis on educating social work leaders, our MSSA made history as the country’s first university-based graduate professional program in social work more than 100 years ago. The online MSSA program continues our social work legacy—and empowers students from all backgrounds across the United States to improve society.

Top Five Reasons Students Choose Online Social Work at CWRU

  1. Quality of faculty and curriculum
  2. Flexibility
  3. Independence
  4. School-work-life balance
  5. Real-time access to students across the country

“I enjoyed the online class structure that allowed me to have some form of independence. I enjoyed being able to interact with students from around the country and share their experiences.”
—Lisa Muhammad, MSSA ’18

Case Western Reserve University’s Online Master’s in Social Work

Our CSWE-accredited online MSSA is a 60-credit-hour, six- to eight-semester program designed for working professionals like you who want to create a more just world. The Online Social Work at CWRU program is distinguished by: 

  • Typical class size of 15 students. Our small, live online classes facilitate close collaboration and face-to-face discussion with your professors and classmates. 
  • We partner with field education sites across the country. Apply what you learn right away at a field site in or near your community. Your current place of employment may qualify.
  • Three paths of study. Tailor your master’s in social work to one of three specializations: Children, Youth and Families; Mental Health with Adults; and Community Practice for Social Change. 
  • Access to industry leaders. Your professors are spearheading research that shapes the social work field. They're dedicated to helping their students succeed and become the leaders they want to be.
  • A best-in-class digital classroom. Our online MSSA format uses Zoom, an immersive online learning platform available on desktop and mobile devices.
  • Comprehensive support services. You’ll have access to tech support and a personalized team of advisers who will help you navigate your online MSSA journey. 

The Online Experience

With the Online Social Work at CWRU program, you can earn your MSSA from a top-ranked school while maintaining your personal and professional obligations. Led by the same distinguished faculty as our on-campus programs, our online MSSA enables you to attend weekly classes, collaborate with peers and professors, and complete your field practice without traveling to campus.

Your online learning experience will include:

State-of-the-art digital classrooms.

Attend live, weekly classes on Zoom, featuring HD video, breakout groups and tools for seamless collaboration. No campus visits required.

A full-service mobile app.

Access course materials and previously recorded content on- and offline, across all of your mobile devices.

24/7 technical support.

Contact a dedicated team of support specialists for assistance with any issues that may arise.

Complimentary WeWork Global Access membership.

Study course material, collaborate with your classmates or attend classes at any of WeWork’s coworking spaces around the globe—all equipped with free Wi-Fi and printing and copying services.

Get Started Now

Earn your master’s in social work online from the No. 9-ranked Mandel School without putting your life on hold.

1 The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is currently a No. 9-ranked school for social work in the nation (No. 1 in Ohio), according to 2019’s U.S. News & World Report.Return to footnote reference