Dual Degree MSSA/MBA
The MSSA/MBA dual degree program is designed for candidates who wish to prepare for advanced
social work practice in a variety of clinical settings, while developing the skills to assume
management responsibility in those organizations.
Candidates must apply separately to the MSSA program at the Mandel School of Applied Social
Sciences (MSASS) and the MBA program at the Weatherhead School of Management (WSOM), and complete
all application requirements of both schools, indicating on both applications their intent to join
the dual degree program. Admissions decisions are made independently by each school. After
admissions, each school will copy the other school on the admission decision. Candidates to the
dual program will be expected to meet admissions standards for academic records, test scores, and
other criteria set by both schools.
MSSA/MBA students may begin the dual degree program at either school. Students will continue to
register in the school at which they began the program, regardless of the school they are
attending. When students have completed all degree requirements for both degrees, they will receive
separate diplomas for each degree.
There are 102 credits in the MSSA/MBA dual degree program (51 credits at the Mandel School; 51 credits at
WSOM) compared with 123 credits if both degrees were completed separately. By integrating the
coursework, completing some coursework over the summer, and reducing the elective requirements in
each program, dual degree students may complete the MSSA/MBA degree programs in three years instead
of the four years required if both degrees were to be completed separately.
For more information on this dual degree program, please contact:
Sharon E. Milligan, PhD
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7164