New Partnership with Wittenberg University Announced for Graduate Social Work Education

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For students desiring to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities, Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, have announced a partnership to offer a new 3+2 program to offer the Mandel School’s top-ranked Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA; equivalent to a master’s in social work) to Wittenberg undergraduates.

Preparing students for advanced social work practice in a variety of settings, the MSSA program is designed to address the wide range of skills and functions required of a professional social worker and leader in social change.

“We are excited to enter into this partnership with the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve University,” said Interim Wittenberg Provost Mary Jo Zembar. “We know from research that the need for highly trained social workers is expected to grow by at least 15 percent over the next 10 years, making the need for this type of program essential, as well as offering our students an excellent avenue for success in this critical field.”

Founded in 1915 as America’s first university-affiliated professional graduate school of social work, the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve is ranked No. 1 in Ohio and No. 9 in the United States for graduate social work education by U.S. News and World Report. In 2017, it experienced record enrollment in its on-campus and online programs, and Mandel School graduates have a 92 percent employment rate in diverse careers throughout the world.

“This partnership with Wittenberg University continues our commitment to making a top-ranked education at Case Western Reserve more accessible than ever,” said Case Western Reserve Provost W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III. “Students make the most of their time at two exemplary institutions of higher education and have unparalleled opportunities to achieve their goals to make this world a better place.”

The Mandel School also has 3+2 partnerships for integrated graduate education with Hiram College, College of Wooster, Baldwin-Wallace University, John Carroll University, Fisk University, and Ohio Northern University.

Acceptance into the MSSA program at the Mandel School allows Wittenberg students to begin their first year of graduate study during what would normally be their last year of undergraduate study. They will spend two years at the Mandel School to obtain both a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg and a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve.

Applicants must complete the necessary credit hours of undergraduate course work and satisfy all of Wittenberg’s general education requirements. Wittenberg students must apply by April 15 during second semester of their third year, for admission to the MSSA program.

Applicants in the 3+2 program must have at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 in all courses from the date of admission to Wittenberg. Students who are accepted at Case Western Reserve through the program will be registered as graduate students, and all financial aid and scholarships are administered according to Mandel School policies. The Mandel School awards scholarship support to nearly 100 percent of on-campus students.

The MSSA program at the Mandel School is accredited by the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE). Its groundbreaking social work curriculum is divided into two levels: generalist and advanced practice. Paths of study include aging; substance use disorders and recovery; children, youth and families; health; mental health; and community practice for social change. Students can also create an individualized path of study, such as in international social work or trauma. School social work is available as a special emphasis.

Students applying for the MSSA program must be interviewed by the admission office at the Mandel School. Interested students must also speak with an advisor in psychology or sociology before beginning the dual program between Wittenberg University and Case Western Reserve University.

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About Wittenberg

Repeatedly recognized by the Princeton Review for its professor accessibility, superior classroom experience and longstanding commitment to sustainability, Wittenberg is a nationally ranked university for the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A leader in providing an active, engaged learning environment defined by excellence in academics, innovation, student success, service and athletics, Wittenberg was recently named one of Forbes’ Top 50 Most Entrepreneurial Colleges. Additionally, the university currently has more Ohio Professors of the Year than any other four-year institution in the state and recently earned a spot on the “Best Buy” list in the 2017 Fiske Guide to Colleges. For more information, visit

About the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University is a world-renowned leader in social work and nonprofit management education, ranked #9 in the United States and #1 in Ohio by U.S. News and World Report. For more than 100 years, the Mandel School has been committed to building a more just world by advancing leadership in social work and nonprofit education, scholarship and service. For more information, visit

About Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is one of the country’s leading private research institutions. Located in Cleveland, we offer a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. Our leading-edge faculty engage in teaching and research in a collaborative, hands-on environment. Our nationally recognized programs include arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing and social work. About 5,100 undergraduate and 6,200 graduate students comprise our student body. Visit to see how Case Western Reserve thinks beyond the possible.