On-Campus MSW Curriculum

The Mandel School’s Master of Social Work (MSW) combines practice, research, theory, policy and field education to prepare you for clinical and macro-level practice. Our competency-based curriculum is the first in the nation to be approved by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). It is designed to provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to advance key social justice issues, examine your own perceptions of diversity, and become more culturally-aware and inclusive in your role as a social work professional.

The on-campus traditional MSW is a 60 credit, two-year program. The program begins with a one-week Change Agent Intensive (CHAI) course. CHAI is a transformational immersion into the field of social work that explores the profession’s identity, history, values and philosophy. Also integrated throughout your first year is a collaborative practice experience. This interprofessional education initiative connects you with other graduate disciplines (e.g., nursing, medicine, public health) across campus through team-based projects that directly impact Cleveland-area agencies and organizations.

Below are sample patterns of enrollment for each of our paths of study.

Year One

Fall Semester (18 credit hours)

  • SASS 502 - Change Agent Intensive (1 credit) 
  • SASS 503 - Social Welfare Policy (2 credits)
  • SASS 504 - Human Development & Diversity (2 credits)
  • SASS 507 - Community Theory and Practice (2 credits) 
  • SASS 508 - Individual and Family Theory & Practice (4 credits)
  • SASS 509 - Group Theory and Practice (2 credits)
  • SASS 528 - Evidence Informed Practice (2 credits)
  • SASS 543: Collaborative Practice I-A (0 credit)
  • SASS 601 - Field Education I (2 credits)
  • SASS 495 - Field Education: Organizational Theory & Practice Seminar (1 credit)

Spring Semester (17 credit hours)

  • SASS 602 - Field Education II (3 credits)
  • SASS 495A - Field Education: Organizational Theory & Practice Seminar II (1 credit) 
  • SASS 542 - Evaluating Programs and Practices (3 credits)
  • SASS 544: Collaborative Practice I-B (1 credit)
  • SASS 547 - Problems Identification, Screening and Assessment Diagnosis (3 credits) 
  • SASS 549 - Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (3 credits) 
  • SASS 566 - Assessing and Engaging Community for Social Change (3 credits) 

Year Two

Fall Semester (15 credit hours)

  • SASS 603 Field Education III (3)
  • SASS 513 Aging Policy & Service Delivery (3)
  • Free Elective (3)
  • Free Elective  (3)
  • Free Elective (3)

Spring Semester (12 credit hours)

  • SASS 604 Field Education IV (3)
  • SASS 518 SW w/ Death Grief & Loss or Free Elective  (3)
  • SASS 581 Social Work with Older Adults (3)
  • SASS 589 S.W. Practice in Integrated Healthcare or Free Elective (3) 

Total MSW Program Hours: 60 credits
 

Year One

Fall Semester (18 credit hours)

  • SASS 502 - Change Agent Intensive (1 credit) 
  • SASS 503 - Social Welfare Policy (2 credits)
  • SASS 504 - Human Development & Diversity (2 credits)
  • SASS 507 - Community Theory and Practice (2 credits) 
  • SASS 508 - Individual and Family Theory & Practice (4 credits)
  • SASS 509 - Group Theory and Practice (2 credits)
  • SASS 528 - Evidence Informed Practice (2 credits)
  • SASS 543: Collaborative Practice I-A (0 credit)
  • SASS 601 - Field Education I (2 credits)
  • SASS 495 - Field Education: Organizational Theory & Practice Seminar (1 credit)

Spring Semester (17 credit hours)

  • SASS 602 - Field Education II (3 credits)
  • SASS 495A - Field Education: Organizational Theory & Practice Seminar II (1 credit) 
  • SASS 542 - Evaluating Programs and Practices (3 credits)
  • SASS 544: Collaborative Practice I-B (1 credit)
  • SASS 547 - Problems Identification, Screening and Assessment Diagnosis (3 credits) 
  • SASS 549 - Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (3 credits) 
  • SASS 566 - Assessing and Engaging Community for Social Change (3 credits) 

Year Two

Fall Semester (18 credit hours)

  • SASS 603 Field Education III (3) 
  • SASS 517 Family System Interventions (3)
  • SASS 519 Children and Families in the School Setting (3)
  • SASS 550 Trauma Informed SW Practice Child & Family (3)
  • SASS 564 Social Work Practice in Alcohol and Other Drugs (3)
  • SASS 529 Child & Family Policy & Service Del. (3) 

Spring Semester (9 credit hours)

  • SASS 604 Field Education IV (3)
  • SASS 580 Social Work Practice in Mental Health: Child and Adolescents (3)
  • SASS 585 Social Work with Groups (3)

Total MSW Program Hours: 60 credits
 

Year One

Fall Semester (18 credit hours)

  • SASS 601 Field Education I (2)
  • SASS 495 Field Education Seminar (1) 
  • SASS 502 Change Agent Intensive (1) 
  • SASS 503 Social Welfare Policy (2)
  • SASS 504 Human Development & Diversity (2)
  • SASS 507 Community Theory and Practice (2) 
  • SASS 508 Ind./Family Theory and Practice (4)
  • SASS 509 Group Theory and Practice (2)
  • SASS 528 Evidence Informed Practice (2)
  • SASS 543 Collaborative Practice IA (0)

Spring Semester (17 credit hours)

  • SASS 602 - Field Education II (3 credits)
  • SASS 495A - Field Education: Organizational Theory & Practice Seminar II (1 credit) 
  • SASS 542 - Evaluating Programs and Practices (3 credits)
  • SASS 544: Collaborative Practice I-B (1 credit)
  • SASS 547 - Problems Identification, Screening and Assessment Diagnosis (3 credits) 
  • SASS 549 - Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (3 credits) 
  • SASS 566 - Assessing and Engaging Community for Social Change (3 credits) 

Year Two

Fall Semester (15 credit hours)

  • SASS 603 Field Education III (3)
  • Choose one:
    • SASS 512 Legislative & Political Processes (3)
    • Or Free Elective (3) 
  • SASS 534 Theoretical Contexts Shaping Community Practice (3)
  • SASS 567 Strategic Power Building with Communities (3)
  • SASS 561 Community Practice Policy: Analyzing & Changing Social Policy (3) 

Spring Semester (12 credit hours)

  • SASS 604 Field Education IV (3)
  • SASS 569 Planning & Implementing Soc. Change (3)
  • Free Elective (3)
  • Free Elective (3)

Total MSW Program Hours: 60 credits
 

Year One

Fall Semester (18 credit hours)

  • SASS 601 Field Education I (2)
  • SASS 495 Field Education Seminar (1) 
  • SASS 502 Change Agent Intensive (1) 
  • SASS 503 Social Welfare Policy (2)
  • SASS 504 Human Development & Diversity (2)
  • SASS 507 Community Theory and Practice (2) 
  • SASS 508 Ind./Family Theory and Practice (4)
  • SASS 509 Group Theory and Practice (2)
  • SASS 528 Evidence Informed Practice (2)
  • SASS 543 Collaborative Practice IA (0)

Spring Semester (17 credit hours)

  • SASS 602 - Field Education II (3 credits)
  • SASS 495A - Field Education: Organizational Theory & Practice Seminar II (1 credit) 
  • SASS 542 - Evaluating Programs and Practices (3 credits)
  • SASS 544: Collaborative Practice I-B (1 credit)
  • SASS 547 - Problems Identification, Screening and Assessment Diagnosis (3 credits) 
  • SASS 549 - Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (3 credits) 
  • SASS 566 - Assessing and Engaging Community for Social Change (3 credits) 

Year Two

Fall Semester (15 credit hours)

  • SASS 603 Field Education III (3)
  • SASS 511 Issues in Health Policy & Serv. Del. (3)
  • SASS 589 SW Practice in Integrated Healthcare (3)
  • Choose one:
    • SASS 517 Family Systems Interventions (3)
    • Free Elective (3)
  • Free Elective (3)

Spring Semester (12 credit hours)

  • SASS 604 Field Education IV (3)
  • Choose one:
    • SASS 518 SW with Death, Grief & Loss (3)
    • Free Elective (3)
  • Free Elective (3)
  • Free Elective  (3)

Total MSW Program Hours: 60 credits
 

Year One

Fall Semester (18 credit hours)

  • SASS 502 - Change Agent Intensive (1 credit) 
  • SASS 503 - Social Welfare Policy (2 credits)
  • SASS 504 - Human Development & Diversity (2 credits)
  • SASS 507 - Community Theory and Practice (2 credits) 
  • SASS 508 - Individual and Family Theory & Practice (4 credits)
  • SASS 509 - Group Theory and Practice (2 credits)
  • SASS 528 - Evidence Informed Practice (2 credits)
  • SASS 543: Collaborative Practice I-A (0 credit)
  • SASS 601 - Field Education I (2 credits)
  • SASS 495 - Field Education: Organizational Theory & Practice Seminar (1 credit)

Spring Semester (17 credit hours)

  • SASS 602 - Field Education II (3 credits)
  • SASS 495A - Field Education: Organizational Theory & Practice Seminar II (1 credit) 
  • SASS 542 - Evaluating Programs and Practices (3 credits)
  • SASS 544: Collaborative Practice I-B (1 credit)
  • SASS 547 - Problems Identification, Screening and Assessment Diagnosis (3 credits) 
  • SASS 549 - Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (3 credits) 
  • SASS 566 - Assessing and Engaging Community for Social Change (3 credits) 

Year Two

Fall Semester (15 credit hours)

  • SASS 603 Field Education III (3)
  • SASS 583 Social Work Practice in M.H.: Adults (3)
  • SASS 514 Mental Health Policy & Service Delivery (3)
  • Free Elective  (3)
  • Free Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (12 credit hours)

  • SASS 604 Field Education IV (3)
  • SASS 587 Integrative Seminar in Mental Health: Adults (3)
  • Free Elective (3)
  • Free Elective (3)

Total MSW Program Hours: 60 credits
 

Year One

Fall Semester (18 credit hours)

  • SASS 502 - Change Agent Intensive (1 credit) 
  • SASS 503 - Social Welfare Policy (2 credits)
  • SASS 504 - Human Development & Diversity (2 credits)
  • SASS 507 - Community Theory and Practice (2 credits) 
  • SASS 508 - Individual and Family Theory & Practice (4 credits)
  • SASS 509 - Group Theory and Practice (2 credits)
  • SASS 528 - Evidence Informed Practice (2 credits)
  • SASS 543: Collaborative Practice I-A (0 credit)
  • SASS 601 - Field Education I (2 credits)
  • SASS 495 - Field Education: Organizational Theory & Practice Seminar (1 credit)

Spring Semester (17 credit hours)

  • SASS 602 - Field Education II (3 credits)
  • SASS 495A - Field Education: Organizational Theory & Practice Seminar II (1 credit) 
  • SASS 542 - Evaluating Programs and Practices (3 credits)
  • SASS 544: Collaborative Practice I-B (1 credit)
  • SASS 547 - Problems Identification, Screening and Assessment Diagnosis (3 credits) 
  • SASS 549 - Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (3 credits) 
  • SASS 566 - Assessing and Engaging Community for Social Change (3 credits) 

Year Two

Fall Semester (15 credit hours)

  • SASS 603 Field Education III (3)
  • SASS 514 Mental Health Policy & Service Delivery (3)
  • Elective Requirement - Choose from: 
    • SASS 564 S.W. Practice in Alcohol and Other Drugs (3)
    • SASS 582 S.W. Practice in Child Abuse/Family Violence (3)
  • Free Elective (3)
  • Free Elective (3)

Spring Semester (12 credit hours)

  • SASS 604 Field Education IV (3)
  • SASS 580 Social Work Practice in Mental Health: Children/Adolescents (3)
  • SASS 584 Integrative Seminar in Mental Health: Children and Adolescents (3)
  • Free Elective (3)

Total MSW Program Hours: 60 credits
 

Year One

Fall Semester (18 credit hours)

  • SASS 502 - Change Agent Intensive (1 credit) 
  • SASS 503 - Social Welfare Policy (2 credits)
  • SASS 504 - Human Development & Diversity (2 credits)
  • SASS 507 - Community Theory and Practice (2 credits) 
  • SASS 508 - Individual and Family Theory & Practice (4 credits)
  • SASS 509 - Group Theory and Practice (2 credits)
  • SASS 528 - Evidence Informed Practice (2 credits)
  • SASS 543: Collaborative Practice I-A (0 credit)
  • SASS 601 - Field Education I (2 credits)
  • SASS 495 - Field Education: Organizational Theory & Practice Seminar (1 credit)

Spring Semester (17 credit hours)

  • SASS 602 - Field Education II (3 credits)
  • SASS 495A - Field Education: Organizational Theory & Practice Seminar II (1 credit) 
  • SASS 542 - Evaluating Programs and Practices (3 credits)
  • SASS 544: Collaborative Practice I-B (1 credit)
  • SASS 547 - Problems Identification, Screening and Assessment Diagnosis (3 credits) 
  • SASS 549 - Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (3 credits) 
  • SASS 566 - Assessing and Engaging Community for Social Change (3 credits)

Summer Semester at partner Baldwin Wallace University (9 credit hours)*

  • EDU 584 - Pupil Services and Community Resources (online BW) (3 credits)
  • EDU 510 - Educational Studies (BW) (3 credits)
  • EDU 573 - Children with Special Needs (BW) (3 credits) 

Year Two

Fall Semester (18 credit hours)

  • SASS 603 Field Education III (3) 
  • SASS 517 Family System Interventions (3)
  • SASS 519 Children and Families in the School Setting (3)
  • SASS 550 Trauma Informed SW Practice Child & Family (3)
  • SASS 564 Social Work Practice in Alcohol and Other Drugs (3)
  • SASS 529 Child & Family Policy & Service Del. (3)

Spring Semester (18 credit hours)

  • SASS 603 Field Education III (3) 
  • SASS 517 Family System Interventions (3)
  • SASS 519 Children and Families in the School Setting (3)
  • SASS 550 Trauma Informed SW Practice Child & Family (3)
  • SASS 564 Social Work Practice in Alcohol and Other Drugs (3)
  • SASS 529 Child & Family Policy & Service Del. (3)

Total MSW with School Social Work Program Hours: 70 credits

*Students interested in School Social Work must meet with Professor Sarah Andrews to discuss the curriculum and process to complete courses at Baldwin Wallace University. 
 

Year One

Fall Semester (18 credit hours)

  • SASS 502 - Change Agent Intensive (1 credit) 
  • SASS 503 - Social Welfare Policy (2 credits)
  • SASS 504 - Human Development & Diversity (2 credits)
  • SASS 507 - Community Theory and Practice (2 credits) 
  • SASS 508 - Individual and Family Theory & Practice (4 credits)
  • SASS 509 - Group Theory and Practice (2 credits)
  • SASS 528 - Evidence Informed Practice (2 credits)
  • SASS 543: Collaborative Practice I-A (0 credit)
  • SASS 601 - Field Education I (2 credits)
  • SASS 495 - Field Education: Organizational Theory & Practice Seminar (1 credit)

Spring Semester (17 credit hours)

  • SASS 602 - Field Education II (3 credits)
  • SASS 495A - Field Education: Organizational Theory & Practice Seminar II (1 credit) 
  • SASS 542 - Evaluating Programs and Practices (3 credits)
  • SASS 544: Collaborative Practice I-B (1 credit)
  • SASS 547 - Problems Identification, Screening and Assessment Diagnosis (3 credits) 
  • SASS 549 - Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (3 credits) 
  • SASS 566 - Assessing and Engaging Community for Social Change (3 credits) 

Year Two

Fall Semester (15 credit hours)

  • SASS 603 Field Education III (3) 
  • Choose one:
    • SASS 562 S.W. Intervention in Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders (3)
    • Free Elective (3) 
  • SASS 564 Social Work Practice in Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (3) 
  • SASS 516 Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Policy & Service Delivery (3) IW Format 
  • Free Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (12 credit hours)

  • SASS 604 Field Education IV (3) 
  • Choose one:
    • SASS 522 Motivational Interviewing (3)
    • Free Elective (3)  
  • SASS 576 Integrative Seminar in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Treatment (3) IW Format 
  • Choose one:
    • SASS 585 Social Work with Groups (3)
    • Free Elective (3)

Total MSW Program Hours: 60 credits

*SASS 516 and SASS 576 are taught in the intensive weekend formatted course. The courses will each meet for approximately 2 weekends over the semester. 

Please note that the sample patterns of enrollment on this page reflect the curriculum for students entering in fall 2021 and are subject to change in future terms. Our faculty may make enhancements or adjustments to the curriculum in future terms.