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About

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University was founded in 1915 as the country’s first school of social work.  

Today, the Mandel School is among the most respected schools for social work leadership and nonprofit management in America.

We offer on-campus and online master’s programs in social work, a master of nonprofit management degree, a PhD in social welfare, as well as multiple dual-degree programs with other top-ranked schools from across Case Western Reserve.

Our research shapes public policy, informing social change and transforming lives.

Our students are talented, compassionate, diverse Change Agents who are taught a rigorous, groundbreaking curriculum that will prepare them to lead social change.

Our alumni are leaders in the profession, changing the world each and every day.

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The Mandel brothers

About Our Name

We are the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Who are Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel?

Morton Mandel launched the Mandel Foundation with his brothers, Jack and Joseph, after the trio experienced extraordinary business success with an automotive parts company they created in 1940. In 1988, the foundation made a naming gift for what was then the School of Applied Social Sciences.

The Mandel Foundation continues to support the Mandel School and its vision of training leaders in social change.

“The hallmark of our philanthropy is our commitment to invest in people with the values, ability and passion to change the world.”

The Mandel Foundation continues to support the Mandel School and its vision of training leaders in social change.