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Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH


Details at a Glance

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Degrees Offered

Master of Social Work (MSW)
Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO)

Our Program

The Mandel School advances leadership in social work and nonprofit education, scholarship and service to build a more just world.

As the #9 ranked social work school in the United States, Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School is at the forefront of educating future leaders in social work and nonprofit management. Our mission is to promote social justice and empower communities. Our research is shaping public policy, informing social change, and transforming lives. Our students are talented, compassionate, diverse people who are educated and mentored by world-renowned professors and taught in a rigorous, groundbreaking curriculum that will prepare them to change the world.

The Mandel School was founded in 1915 as the first professional university-affiliated school of social work. The Mandel School was founded by and for the greater Cleveland community in the belief that a university-based school of social work would transform the work of people and organizations to achieve their full potential. As a national leader in social work education and research, the Mandel School prepares graduates who are eminently prepared to effect social change from the start. Our alumni live in all 50 states and over 40 countries. They are employed by schools, hospitals, governments, nonprofits and NGOs, financial service companies and micro-lenders, and even professional sports teams.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Mandel School's Master of Social Work (MSW) is ranked #9 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The MSW and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). We offer the MSW on-campus, online and through an intensive weekend format. Advanced standing is available in all three formats.

Paths of Study

With our expert faculty and curriculum that set the standard for how other schools of social work are measured, you will be prepared to be a leader in the field, no matter your chosen path. Below is a list of curriculum options available through the Mandel School.


·     Aging

·     Children, Youth and Families

·     Community Practice for Social Change

·     Health

·     Mental Health with Adults

·     Mental Health with Children and Adolescents

·     School Social Work

·     Substance Use Disorders and Recovery

·     Individualized

Certificate options available on-campus

·     Trauma-Informed Care

·     Data Science for Social Impact

·     Nonprofit Management

·     Gerontology

·     Global Health

Dual Degree options available on-campus

·     Social Work and Public Health (MSW/MPH)

·     Social Work and Nonprofit Management (MSW/MMO)

·     Social Work and Law (MSW/JD)

·     Social Work and Bioethics and Medical Humanities (MSW/MA)

·     Social Work and Business (MSW/MBA)

Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO)

The Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University provides those skills to effectively lead staff and volunteers, respond to demands for accountability, design innovative and efficient solutions to society’s most pressing issues, and promote social responsibility.

PhD in Social Welfare

Founded in 1952 as one of the first doctoral programs in social welfare in America, the PhD program at the Mandel School is designed to develop leaders in social work research, policy and teaching.

Visit or contact us to learn more at We encourage you visit us for a personalized campus visit.


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    Personal Statement
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    3 Letters of Recommendation
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    Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution
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    Current resume highlighting paid and volunteer experiences

Additional Requirements

The application to Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School can be accessed and completed through an online application portal. Click here to create an account and apply to the MSW or MNO program.

Application Deadline

Master of Social Work (MSW)

On-Campus MSW: Fall Enrollment

·     Priority Admission and Scholarship deadline: December 1st

·     Regular deadline: January 15th

·     General deadline: March 15th (rolling admission after March 15)

Intensive Weekend MSW: Fall Enrollment

·     Priority deadline: January 15th

·     General deadline: March 15th (rolling admission after March 15)

Online MSW: (Fall, Spring, Summer enrollment options)

·     Fall application deadline: June 28

·     Spring application deadline: November 11

·     Summer application deadline: March 3rd


Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO)

MNO (Fall, Spring, Summer enrollment options)

·     Fall application deadline: July 1st

·     Spring application deadline: December 1st

·     Summer application deadline: April 1st

Student Body

  • Total Students

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    598 Students
  • Female

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    87% Female
  • Male

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    13% Male


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    Dedicated Diversity Office

Clubs & Associations

Mandel Council for Student Leadership

Mandel Council for Student Leadership is an elected group of student leaders for the MSASS student body. Mandel Council is the head organization for many of the student groups, and is responsible for establishing them, providing them with funding, as well as connecting the student body with other leadership opportunities. Each member serves a one-year term on the Council, where they engage in efforts to advocate for change within MSASS, connect students, faculty, and staff in a sustainable way, and foster an enriching community within the school. Students who participate on the Council further develop their skills in communication, advocacy, collaboration, writing, and event planning. This group is for the students, by the students!

Black Student Association

The mission of the Black Student Association is to enhance the quality of life for students of color attending the Mandel School, and empower people of color through advocacy, relationship building, and creating safe spaces for said groups to feel free from cultural persecution and stigma.


UNICEF CWRU is a student-led chapter that found in 2017 and partners with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s lifesaving work. By establishing UNICEF CWRU, we will empower students to become global citizens by organizing unique engagement opportunities at Case Western Reserve University. Through fundraising, awareness, and community service, we will be able to help children who need our help.

Collective Action Towards Social Justice

This organization and movement grew out of a joint collaboration between faculty and students at the Mandel School in response to the contentious political climate and serves as a call to action—for students, staff and faculty—as leaders of social justice and agents of change.

Graduate Student Council

CWRU Grad Student Council is the governing body for all graduate students at CWRU. All issues and concerns that affect graduate students are important to them. Their aim is to enrich your experience at CWRU in every way possible. Anyone can become involved in the GSC.

Local International Konnections (LINK)

International student organization that facilitates a mutual understanding and shared information on cultural practices, philosophies and ideologies among those throughout the world who enact the values and practices of the social work profession. The organization also provides acculturation, support, mentoring and positive experiences for international students at the Mandel School, in Cleveland and the U.S.

Student Run Health Clinic

The Student-Run Health Clinic provides acute medical care to the community at Circle Health Services twice a month. Students participate in all aspects of running a medical clinic including screenings, collecting social and medical history, and treatment.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Additional Information

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    Work-study Programs Available
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    Financial Aid Available
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    Application Fee Waivers Available
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