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Social Administration - Community Practice for Social Change, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 30 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Online
Case Western Reserve University’s online Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) prepares students with the practical knowledge they’ll need to become influential leaders in the field, promoting social justice and empowerment in communities through social work practice locally, nationally, and internationally.


This concentration is designed to help social workers develop the real-world skills and values to lead and advocate for comprehensive social change, implement policy development initiatives and focus on community empowerment on a broad scale. The curriculum addresses a range of issues including globalization, poverty, inequality and oppression, cultural diversity, women’s issues, human rights and more.

As a part of the internationally recognized and highly ranked Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, the Master’s in Social Administration emphasizes real-world experience and a competency-based curriculum. The program addresses numerous key areas of social work practice, including ethics and values, self-awareness, cross-cultural knowledge, cross-cultural skills, service delivery, empowerment and advocacy, workforce diversity, professional education, language diversity, and cross-cultural leadership.

Important:The MSSA program features two program entry tracks: a Traditional Track (60 semester credits) for Non-BSW applicants and an Advanced Standing path (45 semester credits) for applicants with a BSW.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Case Western Reserve actively contributes to setting the best practices and standards for social work education. Our expert faculty actively engages students throughout their education, bringing firsthand experience and field practice expertise into every course.

  • 100% Online coursework & CSWE accredited
  • Graduate in as few as 2 years (BSW students)
  • Ranked # 3 in the nation for “Best Master’s Degree of Social Work” - NASW Survey
  • Ranked # 9 in the nation among “Best Grad Schools of Social Work” -U.S.News
  • Only online masters of social work program ranked in the Top 10 According to U.S. News & World Report
  • Established in 1915, longest standing affiliated professional School of Social Work in the U.S.
  • Option for your choice of specialization in Community Practice for Social Change, Direct Practice Children, Youth & Families or Direct Practice Mental Health/Adults

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods in Social Work
  • Human Development I: Child & Adolescent
  • Human Development II: Adult
  • Social Policy
  • Direct Practice Foundation Methods and Skills
  • Macro and Policy Practice Skills
  • Theories of Oppression and Social Justice
  • Field Education II
  • Aging Policy and Service Delivery
  • Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis
  • Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 30 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.7

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.7 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Evidence of the capacity to succeed in graduate level social work education based onundergraduate work and any previous graduate work. Previous work must include courses in social and behavioral sciences strong enough to ensure the applicant’s ability to do creditable work at the graduate level
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.7. A Miller Analogies Test Score or Graduate
  • Record Exam (GRE) score is required for a grade point average below 2.7
  • $100 Confirmation Fee upon acceptance into the MSSA program

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    1450 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1450 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.
  • National

    1450 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1450 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.
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The online CWRU MSSA Scholarship Program was developed for exceptional students who want to make a positive influence on their community and others. Scholarships are available for applicants with plans to enroll in 7.5 hours per semester for 3 semesters or as a full-time online student. Full-time online MSSA applicants who have demonstrated exceptional leadership capacity and experience in social work or related human services can be awarded up to a full-tuition scholarship. All eligible applicants will be considered based on:

  • Undergraduate educational performance with a grade point average of at least 3.0
  • For continued eligibility for the scholarship students must be of good standing with a GPA of at least 3.0, adhere to the professional code of conduct as established by the CWRU MSSA program, and performing well in their Field Education
  • Previous work experience or volunteer service in social work or related human services
  • Interest and capability to pursue a rigorous academic program
  • Completion of all admission and field education requirements for the online MSSA program

Application Process - For scholarship consideration applicants must have all necessary application and field education documentation approved. To learn more about the online Master of Science in Social Administration scholarships contact an Admissions

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