Mandel School Secures #9 Ranking in U.S. and #1 in Ohio by 2019 U.S. News and World Report

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The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University is once again ranked No. 9 nationally and No. 1 in Ohio, according to the newest ranking of graduate schools released this week by U.S. News & World Report — a familiar spot for the internationally-renowned social work school, which has been ranked No. 9 since 2013.

This new ranking of our social work master’s program places the Mandel School in the top four percent of all nationally accredited MSW programs and saw its peer assessment score rise from 4.0 to 4.1.

“Being ranked the No. 9 social work program in the nation is a testament to the extraordinary education offered by our exemplary faculty and staff. It also speaks to the quality of work done by our alumni throughout the nation, for it is the alumni who every day have a positive impact on the clients and communities they serve,” said Grover C. Gilmore, PhD, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences.

This ranking announcement comes at a significant time for the Mandel School, and not just because it’s Social Work Month.

It is a record year for enrollment, with more than 731 students enrolled in 2017-2018, up 46% over the previous ranking period in 2015-2016.

U.S. News & World Report bases their social work program rankings on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators and faculty at accredited social work degree schools or programs. Only fully accredited MSW programs in good standing during the survey period are ranked.

The Mandel School offers a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA, equivalent to an MSW) on Case Western Reserve’s Cleveland campus and online, as well as a Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) program on campus. For additional information, visit