Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University

Why you should consider this program

As the #9 ranked social work school in the United States based on US News and World Reports, the Mandel School is at the forefront of educating future leaders in social work and nonprofit management.  Our mission is to promote social justice and empower communities.  Our research is shaping public policy, informing social change, and transforming lives.  Our students are talented, compassionate, diverse people who are educated and mentored by world-renowned professors and taught in a rigorous, groundbreaking curriculum that will prepare them to change the world.

Founded in 1915, our graduate programs include the Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA, equivalent to an MSW), Ph.D. in Social Welfare, a Master of Nonprofit Organizations, and dual degree programs with Social Work and Public Health, Law, Business, Bioethics, and Nonprofit Management.

The MSSA (Social Work) program is a two year; 60 credit program accredited by the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE).  The MNO (Nonprofit Management) program is a one year; 39 credit hour program that gives you the leadership, management, and strategic planning skills necessary to advance today’s nonprofit organizations. The MNO costs are listed below along with the MNO Coverdell Fellowship amount:

MNO total tuition (39 credits): $60,450

MNO Coverdell Fellowship (50%): $30,225

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 93,000 $ 46,500 $ 46,500
Out of state $ 93,000 $ 46,500 $ 46,500
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

The Fellowship is provided by the Mandel School's Scholarship Fund.  A large portion of the Mandel School Scholarship Fund is supported by the Annual Fund.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 18,000

Application fee waived?



Based on the track you choose, you will complete an internship (field experience) totaling 900 hours throughout the 2 year program. The MSSA social work concentrations of study include:  Community Practice for Social Change; Mental Health with Adults; Mental Health with Children and Adolescents; Children, Youth and Families; Substance Use Disorders and Recovery; Aging; and Health.  Certificates include: Trauma Informed Practice, Management and Leadership; Nonprofit Management; School Social Work; Gerontology; and
Global Health.  

Jobs for program alumni

Mandel School Alumni live in all 50 states and around the world in over 40 countries.  Below is a sample list of organizations our alumni are employed:

-United Nations

-Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

-Save The Children

-U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

-Third Federal Savings & Loan

-Cleveland Clinic

-Cleveland Foundation

Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

We encourage you apply to our graduate programs!  There is no application fee! Apply online at http://msass.case.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/ Your application will include:

Transcripts from an accredited college or university that demonstrates completion of a bachelor’s degree in any field of study. 

A two-part essay that is a maximum of five (5) typed pages (double-spaced, 12 point font) and is exemplary of graduate-level writing. The first part of the essay is a Personal Statement, in which you are asked to discuss the significant factors influencing your decision to pursue a master’s degree in social work or nonprofit management, past experiences that will contribute to your success, how you envision contributing to the School community, and why the Mandel School is a good fit for your educational goals. The second part is an Analytical Essay, in which you are asked to analyze a social justice problem, its causes, and how you think it could be addressed. Applicants also have the option of providing an explanation for their academic history in the essay section (for example, a 3.0 or lower grade point average or a failing grade). In all submissions, the quality of your writing and professionalism will be taken into account.

A current resume highlighting your paid and volunteer experiences.

Three recommendation letters preferably from a faculty member, direct supervisor, or volunteer coordinator.

Admissions process

Please check your affiliation with the Peace Corps on the application for admission. This is a question on the application page related to past experience.  This will ensure your consideration for the Coverdell Fellowship.

Program begins

Mid August

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Richard Sigg, Director for Recruitment and Enrollment

11235 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106