Mandel School Remains Top-10 in Social Work, Leader in Ohio

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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 among social work programs nationally and No. 1 in Ohio, according to the newest ranking of graduate schools, released March 12 by U.S. News & World Report. This marks the eighth consecutive year the internationally-renowned social work program earned the No. 9 position.

This latest ranking of its social work master’s program places the Mandel School in the top 3 percent of all nationally accredited social work programs. 

“The Mandel School community is well aware of the important role high-quality social work education plays in meeting society’s needs. Our faculty, students and alumni work every day to advance our community and our world at the individual level as well as through policy change,” says Grover C. Gilmore, PhD, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences. “Being recognized once again as a leader in the field is a testament to our commitment to social work leadership at the local, national and international levels.”

The news comes at an exciting time for the Mandel School.

  • The school is in the midst of designing a new curriculum to be introduced in 2020, which will further emphasize students’ development of critical leadership competencies.
  • Two research centers were founded this year—the Center on Trauma and Adversity and the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities. These centers join the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, the Center for Evidence-Based Practices, and the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in advancing knowledge through research and training.
  • The school released a commemorative book, chronicling its 100-year history in inspiring hope and shaping the future.
  • A highly successful capital campaign secured more than $45 million for capital improvements, including active learning classrooms, as well as significant funding for professorships and scholarships.
  • The school, originally accredited in 1919 and each year since, was again successfully reaccredited in 2018.

U.S. News & World Report bases social work program rankings on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans and faculty at accredited social work degree schools or programs. Only fully accredited social work programs in good standing during the survey period are ranked. This year marks a change in U.S. News ranking frequency, moving for the first time to an annual ranking schedule.

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 Management degree and a PhD in social welfare.