Social Work & Business

The MSSA/MBA dual degree program is designed for candidates who wish to prepare for advanced social work practice in a variety of clinical settings, while developing the skills to assume management responsibility in those organizations.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must apply separately to the social work master’s program at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the MBA program at the Weatherhead School of Management. Complete all application requirements of both schools, indicating on both applications their intent to join the dual degree program. Admission decisions are made independently by each school. Upon admission, each school will copy the other school on

Nighttime view of the Peter B. Lewis Building at Case Western Reserve University
The iconic Peter B. Lewis building is home to Case Western Reserve's Weatherhead School of Management

the admission decision. Candidates to the dual program will be expected to meet admission standards for academic records, test scores and other criteria set by both schools.

Program Structure

MSSA/MBA students may begin the dual degree program at either school. Students will continue to register in the school at which they began the program, regardless of the school they are attending. When students have completed all degree requirements for both degrees, they will receive separate diplomas for each degree.

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Credit Requirements

There are 102 credits in the MSSA/MBA dual degree program (51 credits at each school) compared with 123 credits if both degrees were completed separately.

By integrating the coursework, completing some coursework over the summer, and reducing the elective requirements in each program, dual degree students may complete the MSSA/MBA degree programs in three years instead of the four years required if both degrees were to be completed separately.

For more information on this dual degree program, please contact Sharon E. Milligan, PhD.