Program Overview

The online MS in Social Administration degree program equips students with the practical knowledge they’ll need to become influential leaders in the field of social work, whether practicing locally, nationally or internationally. Students gain hands-on field education experience integrated with coursework, and may choose from three concentrations:

  • Community Practice for Social Change
  • Direct Practice (Children Youth and Families)
  • Direct Practice (Adult Mental Health)

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)


    Two tracks options are available. The Traditional Track for Non-BSW students is a total of 60 credits while the Advanced Standing Track for students with a BSW is a total of 45 semester credits. 

    Requires a bachelor’s degree with a 2.7 GPA or higher from an accredited college or university. Previous work must include courses in social and behavioral sciences. Official transcripts. MAT or GRE required if GPA is less than 2.7. Evidence of a combination of personal qualities and values that are considered essential for the professional practice of social work: strong moral character; strong analytical and communication skills; a caring and compassionate nature; and a personal commitment to social justice, empowering individuals, and serving vulnerable and under-represented groups. Employment in the Human Services field. Submission of a field education plan.


    Case Western Reserve University is currently pursing authorization in: Delaware, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Wisconsin.

    School Overview

    Case Western Reserve University began as two separate institutions: Western Reserve College (est. 1826) and Case School of Applied Science (est. 1880). The two schools bought land together in 1881, which was the first of many collaborations between Western Reserve University and the Case School of Applied Science. Over the years, the university developed strong liberal arts and professional programs, while the institute, which adopted the name Case Institute of Technology, became a top school of science and engineering. The two institutions agreed their 1967 federation would create a complete university worthy of national distinction. Case Western Reserve University immediately became a leading institution for academics and research, as well as one the nation's top-ranked universities.

    CWRU offers almost 100 undergraduate degree choices, graduate and professional options, and dual-degree programs. They also house more than 100 interdisciplinary academic and research centers and institutes which provide students with well-rounded academic experiences. The Online Learning Group supports online master's degree programs in applied social sciences and engineering. They are also involved with the design, development and delivery of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which facilitate online learning for students near and far.


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