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Pursuing a career in social work or nonprofit management is not just a job. It’s a calling.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is home to nationally ranked graduate education programs in social work and nonprofit management as well as doctoral training in social welfare.

We’re looking for change agents—leaders like you with the energy and potential to leave a lasting mark. Explore the degree programs and hands-on learning opportunities we provide.

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We Believe in:

  • Empowering the vulnerable and oppressed.
  • Improving the well-being of society.
  • Advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves.
  • Enhancing the capacity of individuals to address their own needs

Dual Degrees

Through on-campus study, you can take full advantage of the breadth of expertise at Case Western Reserve. Whether you’re interested in law, nonprofit management, bioethics and medical humanities, public health or management, our dual-degree programs set you up for success with in-demand skills.

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Want to enhance your knowledge in a specific area—but not looking to take on an entire second degree program? Certificates in gerontology, global health and nonprofit management help you grow your knowledge and hone your expertise. 

Certificate Options

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Paths of Study

Social work master's students can pursue a range of clinical (direct) and macro (community) paths of study.

Field Education

Our students gain invaluable experience at more than 1,000 field placement organizations across Northeast Ohio and throughout the United States. And the best part? Our mutual selection process means you get the hands-on experience you desire.

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Interprofessional Education

At Case Western Reserve, we’re committed to teaching our students how they can best help people. That’s why our social work students join students in medical, nursing and dental medicine students to learn, study and practice together—whether in our Student Run Health Clinic and Health Education Campus.

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Lillian & Milford Harris Library

Our over 30,000-volume library is one of the few in the country dedicated to the field of social work. That means you have resources easily available to you—on campus and online.

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Undergraduate Education

Undergraduates need not wait to get started on their path to leadership in the social sector. Start your graduate education before you even finish undergrad; join us on a study abroad course; or choose a minor in social work.

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