Intensive Weekend Social Work Master’s Degree

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An On-Campus Master’s for Working Professionals

Case Western Reserve University creates diverse educational opportunities that are accessible to all, because nothing should stop you from pursuing your passion for helping others. We offer our hallmark Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) degree program in an intensive weekend format designed to fit the lifestyle of working professionals.

Students are able to continue their full-time work responsibilities and pursue a master’s in social work during weekends at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

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Intensive Weekend Program Overview

Complete in 2-3 years | 36-60 Credit Hours

As a student in the intensive weekend master’s program, you will be required to commute to Case Western Reserve University’s campus in Cleveland, Ohio, one weekend per month to attend classes. Most classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and include lectures, group work and independent study.

Students typically pursue two classes each semester, along with participating in field education—an essential component of any master’s in social work program.

Advanced Standing

Applicants to the intensive weekend master’s program who hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) are automatically considered for advanced standing status. The advanced standing track allows students to earn their master’s in social work in as little as 2 years in the intensive weekend format.

A Hands-On, Practical Master’s in Social Work Curriculum

Our MSSA curriculum teaches practical skills across a range of social work topics, so you can learn over the weekend and use your new knowledge to make decisions in your current role during the week.

Paths of Study

You will choose advanced elective coursework that offers you the opportunity to tailor your master’s in social work curriculum to fit your personal learning objectives and career goals. We offer three paths of study in our intensive weekend program.

A Diverse, Passionate Cohort

Your cohort provides a uniquely supportive environment while working toward your master’s in social work. You’ll build a network of like-minded individuals who share your drive to go above and beyond, seeking higher education opportunities in weekend programs.

Your peers’ diverse experiences will inform your learning in the classroom. Past participants in the intensive weekend program have worked in roles such as:

  • Addiction specialist
  • Child welfare officer
  • Higher education administrator
  • Private practitioner
  • Program manager
  • Trauma specialist