Programs: Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences



Dual Degrees

Certificate Programs

Departmental Graduate Certificate in Data Sciences for Social Impact (Digitally Credentialed)

Offered by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, CWRU in collaboration with the Case School of Engineering.

Through this 12-credit certificate program students will develop an understanding and fluency in data analytics for social policy and social impact, covering a wide range of current applications of predictive and causal modeling in the areas of health and human services, criminal justice and others.     

Certificate earners will be able to navigate and influence this new era of technology and data-driven solutions in social welfare and policy, ensuring that proper ethical guidelines are developed and followed.

The program is offered to degree-seeking students in graduate programs at CWRU and non-degree students from other degree programs in other institutions.

Special Focus Programs

Louis B. Stokes Fellowship in Community and Social Development

Louis Stokes served as a prominent attorney and the first Black congressman from Ohio elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1968 - a position he held for 15 consecutive terms.  This fellowship honors Stokes’ community development efforts by supporting social science students dedicated to improving underserved populations.

The Louis Stokes Fellows Program in Community and Social Development provides one full-tuition scholarship annually to an African American or Hispanic/Latino student with an interest in Community Practice for Social Change.

The goal of the Louis Stokes Fellows program is to:
  • Support the graduate professional education of outstanding students from universities with Hispanic students and students from traditionally Black colleges and universities.
  • Attract a greater number of African American and Hispanic students to advanced social work education to help meet the need for diversity in the social work profession.
  • Foster future leadership in community building, community development, and housing.

Leadership Fellows Program

The Leadership Fellows Program at the Mandel School is designed for exceptionally qualified, highly-motivated candidates who are interested in leadership, best practice approaches to human service delivery and community practice, and making a positive influence in the world.

The program awards up to seven full-tuition scholarships to highly qualified full-time, two-year students pursuing a Master of Social Work. Fellows also earn $250 per year for participation in professional development activities (such as attending or presenting at conferences).

Higley Fellowship

The Higley Fellowship was established by the Higley Fund at the Cleveland Foundation to provide scholarship support to develop social work leaders in Northeast Ohio. The Higley Fund has a long standing commitment to expand knowledge and social work opportunities in the region. The fellowship honors Mildred Higley, a 1922 graduate of the Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) program. 

Higley Fellows are awarded a 75% scholarship for study in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School.


Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship Program for Returning Peace Corps Volunteers

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship Program for Returning Peace Corps Volunteers provides a 50% scholarship to eligible admitted students. Fellows will be able to integrate professional social work education, research and service to promote social justice and community empowerment domestically and around the world. 

City Year

The Mandel School is proud to partner with City Year to offer $18,000 annual tuition scholarships to City Year corps members and alumni. The scholarship amounts to $36,000 for the social work program ($18,000 per year for two years) and $27,000 for the nonprofit management program ($9,000 per semester for 3 semesters).

Child Welfare Fellows Program 

Through our Child Welfare Fellows Program, a cohort of Ohio’s public child welfare employees will earn scholarships to pursue master’s degrees in social work, focused on child welfare leadership and supervision. Fellows join our Intensive Weekend program that’s designed for working professionals and will receive at least 50% off tuition; participate in programming on topics such as advocacy/policy analysis, asking the right types of questions, analyzing data, writing reports and more; take at least one course on supervision and leadership; and more.

Trauma-Informed Practice NMT Fellowship

The Center on Trauma and Adversity offers a $7,500 scholarship for five eligible second-year students, who have completed the Trauma and the Brain Training Program in their first year, to receive advanced training in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Integrated Behavioral Health, Opioid and Substance Use Disorders Training Program

The HRSA training program is an interprofessional education program with MetroHealth that provides a $10,000 training stipend to select Mandel School students who are focusing on opioid and substance use, child and adult behavioral health, and interdisciplinary trauma-informed practice.


Global Practice Opportunities

At the Mandel School, students have numerous opportunities to explore beyond our own borders. The Mandel School faculty includes experts in international social work and social policy research. The Mandel School also hosts numerous international full-time students, exchange students, visiting scholars and researchers.

Qualified students may choose to participate in a number of multi-disciplinary study abroad opportunities. Many trips occur during winter and spring break and the beginning of summer semester. Decisions to launch these courses will take into consideration guidance and recommendations received from health officials, CDC, WHO, and in-country partners. For more information, please contact Dr. David B. Miller.