Our online Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) is designed for professionals eager to become leaders in their organizations and communities. 

As a top-ranked1 school of social work, we maintain the same admissions standards for our online MSSA program as we do for our on-campus social work master's degree and intensive weekend social work master's degree programs. Admission is granted on a selective basis determined by the quality of the overall application and the individual’s demonstrated capacity to succeed in graduate-level education.

  • All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • The undergraduate GPA must be 2.7 or above.
  • The GRE is not required.

In addition, each applicant must show evidence of the personal qualities and values essential to the professional practice of social work:

  • Strong moral character
  • Proven analytical and verbal skills
  • A caring and compassionate nature
  • A personal commitment to social justice; empowering individuals; and serving vulnerable and underrepresented groups, communities and organizations.

Our online program has three annual start dates, in January, April and August. Our admissions team accepts and reviews applications year-round. To ensure our online master’s in social work is even more accessible to people passionate about making a difference, there is no application fee.

Upcoming Cohort

Our next cohort begins in January 2020.

Jan/Spring 2020 Cohort Application Deadlines

Traditional Track

Jan/Spring 2020 Cohort Deadlines and Start Dates, Traditional Track
Early Decision Application Deadline Friday, September 6, 2019
Priority Application Deadline Friday, October 4, 2019
Final Application Deadline Friday, November 1, 2019
Classes Begin Monday, January 6, 2020

Advanced Standing Track & Transfer Applicants

Jan/Spring 2020 Cohort Deadlines and Start Dates, Advanced Track
Early Decision Application Deadline Closed
Priority Application Deadline Friday, August 30, 2019
Final Application Deadline Friday, September 27, 2019
Classes Begin Monday, January 6, 2020

Take the Next Step

Become part of our community of change agents and join us on our mission to create a more just world.

1The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences was ranked No. 9 by U.S. News & World Report in 2019 Return to footnote reference