Social Work

Social Work students in class
Master of Social Work (MSW), On Campus

About the Program

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University is ranked one of the country’s top 10 schools of social work—and #1 in Ohio—by U.S. News & World Report. Our on-campus master’s in social work program combines research, theory and hands-on practice to help you tackle today’s complex social challenges and emerge as a leader in the field.

What to Expect

In addition to coursework, you'll complete field education through one of more than 1,000 partners in Greater Cleveland and beyond. Students admitted with advanced standing are required to complete 500 hours. Students in our traditional master's program will complete 900 hours of field education.

Our MSW program uses an Ability Based Learning Environment that helps you develop and master eight core social work abilities: 

  • Identify as a Reflective Professional Social Worker
  • Advocate for Social, Economic and Environmental Justice
  • Apply Social Work Methods
  • Uphold Social Work Values and Ethics
  • Integrate Cultural, Economic and Global Diversity
  • Think Critically About Theory and Research Knowledge
  • Communicate Effectively
  • Develop as a Social Work Leader
“Our students want to do something different. They think different. They step out on a limb to really engage in work that will move the needle to improve people’s lives.”

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Program Overview

  • 36 - 60 Credits
  • 12 - 20 Months
  • Full-Time and Part-Time Tracks

The Mandel School’s Master of Social Work (MSW) degree is designed for students seeking graduate education in social work. Our hallmark master’s in social work degree program emphasizes educating leaders in professional social work, and prepares students to enact social change at every level. 

Plus, we offer a dual-degree program in social work and nonprofit management that allows you to earn two master's degrees (MSW and MNO) in 2.5 years—putting you on track to a leadership position faster.

By the Numbers


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of alumni are employed within six months of graduation


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Admissions Details

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university 
  • GRE is not required
  • No application fee

Contact Us

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

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