Social Work/Nonprofit Management

Social work students in a Mandel classroom
MSW/MNO dual degree

About the Program

At one of the nation's top 10 schools of social work, you can train for nonprofit leadership of clinical or community-based human service and civic organizations. Earn your dual master's degree in social work and nonprofit management with only nine additional hours of coursework.



What to Expect

You'll learn how to apply theories of individual and group behavior as well as community systems theory specifically to nonprofit leadership. And choose the track that best suits your goals: Community Practice in Social Change or Direct Practice. You'll hone your relationship-building skills in a master's program that is worth your time. Since you earn credit for both master's degrees, the dual program can be completed after about 2.5 years total once you complete 1 year of study in social work or nonprofit organizations.

“There are more than 600 colleges and universities that offer coursework in nonprofit studies but the vast majority only offer a concentration, at best. At the Mandel School, you will be immersed in learning specific to the nonprofit sector—not learning tools or approaches that you must then adapt to nonprofit work.”

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Career Advancement

Immerse yourself in Cleveland's thriving non-profit sector. Engage with the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, with peers and with the community. Join student groups to meet like-minded peers and get involved on campus. We also help you elevate your nonprofit leadership career and effect change in the following ways: 

  • Career counseling
  • Networking opportunities
  • Resume and CV reviews
  • Biannual career fairs 
  • Targeted job postings

By the Numbers


of our social work master's students opt to pursue this dual-degree program


student-faculty ratio


of alumni are employed within six months of graduation


agency affiliations in the Greater Cleveland area offer a vast network of field education and employment opportunities


professional university-affiliated school of social work

Admissions Details

  • Students in the social work master's program must apply to the nonprofit management program before completing 16 credits of social work courses, and those in the nonprofit management program must apply to the social work program before completing 15 credits of coursework.
  • GRE is optional.
  • No application fee.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Submit transcripts, three letters of recommendation and a two-part essay.

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Richard Sigg
Richard Sigg
Director for Recruitment and Enrollment
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

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