Monday, May 17th, 2021 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Case Western Reserve University and the Ohio Department of Higher Education have authorized the Mandel School to offer the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.
There was strong support from surveys with students and alumni for adopting the MSW degree name. In their comments, respondents recognized that the MSW is the degree that is identified with professional social work. With automated application processing by human resource departments, it was acknowledged that the MSSA could be a barrier to obtaining a job interview. Alumni shared their own stories of challenges they had faced, particularly in recent years. Alumni also expressed great appreciation for the distinctiveness of the MSSA and what it has represented in social work for over 100 years.
This decision did not come lightly. We have great respect for the MSSA degree name and all it represents. The degree name will be different in the future but the Mandel School’s level of excellence and commitment to our incredible alumni community will continue into the future.
Join us for a webinar on Monday, May 17, to hear from a distinguished panel and an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the MSSA to MSW degree transition.
- Scott Wilkes, PhD, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
- Dean Grover "Cleve" Gilmore, PhD, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
- Sharon Milligan, PhD, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Chair of Master of Science in Social Administration Program, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
- Carmela McMullen, Alumna - MSSA, Human Resources Recruiter, Wingspan Care Group
- Jessica Martin, Alumna - MSSA, Director of Clinical Services, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
We look forward to sharing more information with you on May 17!