How to Apply

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Choose your program to find details about how to apply:

Contact the Mandel School Admissions office at mandelschool@case.edu with any questions.


Master of Social work: On-campus, Intensive Weekend or Online

  • Transcripts from an accredited college or university that demonstrates completion of a bachelor’s degree in any field of study. We require transcripts from any school at which you completed 6 or more credits. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded into the application system for application review. Official transcripts will be required following admission.
  • Two-part essay that is five pages in length and exemplary of graduate-level writing.
    • Part one: Discuss significant factors influencing your decision to pursue a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA). Your essay should include information regarding your interest in the Social Work profession, your intended concentration/specialization, and career goals. Please reflect on how any past school, community, volunteer, professional work, and leadership experiences will contribute to your success as a graduate student. Describe how you see yourself contributing to the vibrancy of our student body and School community. Describe any strengths or limitations that might influence you being successful in your field placement. Finally, please include why the Mandel School is a good fit for your educational goals.
    • Part two: Analyze a social justice problem of great concern to you. What do you think are the causes of this problem? Assuming you have the power and resources at your disposal, in what ways do you think this problem could be addressed? Please include possible steps for implementation and challenges likely to surface in seeking a solution.
  • Current resume highlighting paid and volunteer experiences.
  • Three recommendation letters, preferably from faculty members, direct supervisors and/or volunteer coordinators.

Students pursuing dual degrees in bioethics and medical humanities, business, law or public health must apply to the Mandel School with the materials above plus apply separately to those programs via the methods described on their webpages.


Master of Nonprofit Organizations

  • Transcripts from an accredited college or university that demonstrates completion of a bachelor’s degree in any field of study. We require transcripts from any school at which you completed 6 or more credits. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded into the application system for application review. Official transcripts will be required following admission.
  • Two-part essay that is five pages in length and exemplary of graduate-level writing.
    • Part one: Discuss significant factors influencing your decision to pursue a Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO). Your essay should include information regarding your interest in nonprofit management and your career goals in the field of nonprofit management. Please also reflect on how any past school, community, volunteer, professional work, and leadership experiences will contribute to your success as a graduate student. Describe how you see yourself contributing to the vibrancy of our student body and School community. Finally, please include why the Mandel School is a good fit for your educational goals.
    • Part two: Discuss some of the forces impacting nonprofit organizations today. Imagine you are a nonprofit executive. Identify three things you would do to ensure the success and effectiveness of the programs your organization delivers. Who would you seek to collaborate with to achieve these objectives?
  • Current resume highlighting paid and volunteer experiences.
  • Three recommendation letters, preferably from faculty members, direct supervisors or volunteer coordinators.

Dual degree: Social Work and Nonprofit Management

  • Transcripts from an accredited college or university that demonstrates completion of a bachelor’s degree in any field of study. We require transcripts from any school at which you completed 6 or more credits. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded into the application system for application review. Official transcripts will be required following admission.
  • Two-part essay that is five pages in length and exemplary of graduate-level writing.
    • Part one: Discuss significant factors influencing your decision to pursue a dual degree program with the Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) and Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO). Your essay should include information regarding your intended path of study and career goals. Please address both degrees independently.
      • Please reflect on how any past school, community, volunteer, professional work, and leadership experiences will contribute to your success as a graduate student. Describe how you see yourself contributing to the vibrancy of our student body and School community. Describe any strengths or limitations that might influence you being successful in your field placement. Finally, please include why the Mandel School is a good fit for your educational goals.
    • Part two: Analyze a social justice problem of great concern to you. What do you think are the causes of this problem? Assuming you have the power and resources at your disposal, in what ways do you think this problem could be addressed? Please include possible steps for implementation and challenges likely to surface in seeking a solution. Finally, include your plan as a nonprofit manager addressing this problem. How would you mobilize your team? What are key factors to consider before implementing a plan of action?
  • Current resume highlighting paid and volunteer experiences.
  • Three recommendation letters, preferably from faculty members, direct supervisors and/or volunteer coordinators.

PhD in Social Welfare

  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses taken for credit at accredited institutions.
  • Verbal and Quantitative scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the past five years.
  • Your most recent resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a faculty member.
  • Written personal statement (3 to 5 pages) that describes and evaluates your professional development, including your career goals and how doctoral education is relevant to them and your area of research interest within the social work profession.
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Highly recommended:
    • A phone or in-person interview with the chair of the program or a faculty member.
    • Site visit, sitting in on a doctoral class, meeting with faculty and current doctoral students. Please contact program chair Sonia Minnes or 216.368.2309 to arrange an in-person visit or get more information about the program.

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