Case Western Reserve University Launches New Online Master of Science in Social Administration

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The program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and adheres to the curricular guidelines set by CSWE that integrates topics of social work education, research and community action.

Case Western Reserve University now offers its Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) via an online learning environment through the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS). The inaugural 2013 spring classes just launched so applications for the summer term beginning in May 2013 are now being accepted. MSASS is ranked No. 9 among the best graduate schools of social work in the country, according to the 2012 U.S. News and World Report rankings.

The nationally and internationally recognized online MSSA program at Case Western Reserve provides a streamlined social work education curriculum. The program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and adheres to the curricular guidelines set by CSWE that integrates topics of social work education, research and community action. Courses explore social work methods, social policy, socio-behavioral theory and social research.

The online master’s degree in social work program gives students the opportunity to choose from two concentrations:

  • The Community and Social Development concentration addresses a wide range of social issues, from globalization and inequality to cultural diversity and aging.
  • The Direct Practice concentration focuses on family violence, mental health, substance abuse and dual disorders. Within the Direct Practice concentration, there are two specialties: Children, Youth and Families and Mental Health/Adult.

The program accepts students with a non-bachelor of social work (BSW) as well as those with a BSW. Separate tracks are tailored for each. The Traditional Track, for those with a non-BSW, can be completed in as few as 2.6 years (8 semesters), while the Advanced Standing Track, for those with a BSW, can be completed in as few as 2 years (6 semesters). Students may choose to begin in the spring, summer or fall term.

In addition to online coursework, students pursuing Case Western Reserve’s graduate level degree in social work participate in field education where they apply what they learn in class to real-life situations. Students complete their field education requirements in program-approved locations close to home or work. Field placement decisions are based on educational criteria, with student interests and career objectives taken into consideration. Those students employed by a social human services agency (SHSA) can complete their field education through their workplace.

For more information about Case Western Reserve University’s Online Master of Science in Social Administration, go to http://socialworkdegree.case.edu/ or contact a school representative at 1-877-807-4740.

About Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University is one of the country’s leading research institutions. Located in Cleveland, the University offers a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. The leading-edge faculty engage in teaching and research in a collaborative, hands-on environment. Nationally recognized programs include arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing and social work. About 4,200 undergraduate and 5,600 graduate students comprise the student body.

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