The Catholic University of America

Master of Science in Social Service Administration (MS-SSA) 

A Master of Science in Social Service Administration (MS-SSA) is a professional degree designed to prepare students for leadership and managerial roles in social service organizations.  Students are given a strong foundation in analytical problem solving, budgeting and finance, ethics, legal and policy analyses.  The MS-SSA is similar to a MSW but differs in that whereas an MSW prepares students to be social work practitioners, the MS-SSA prepares student to manage a social work practice.

The MS-SSA program will consist of 40 credits split between a foundational curriculum of 25 credits and a specialized curriculum of 15 credits.  The curriculum is designed to be completed within 4 term full time or 7 terms part time, with the capstone course being the sole class taken in any students' final semester.  All students will be required to take the Catholic Servant Leadership Course and the Principles of Ethical Leadership Course during their first term of the program.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Social Service Administration, students will be able to:
1. Apply ethical behavior, based upon Catholic values and social teaching, to evaluating and solving problems of leadership, budgeting and finance, human capital, fundraising, and law and policies related to a social service practice
2. Think critically and integrate quantitative and qualitative analyses to decision making within the sphere of social service administration
3. Work, manage, and collaborate within diverse environments for the betterment of the practice, clients and general community
4. Understand and communicate the current state of public policy, policy development, and laws related to social services

5. Apply the theories of leadership and administration within real-world contexts.

Based upon a foundation of the Catholic intellectual tradition and values, students will be equipped intellectually, morally, and professionally to serve their communities and meet the needs of their respective social service industries.  Building upon the program's focus on Catholic values and administrative skills, students will be able to follow current laws and policies to improve their own social service organizations by making them more effective and efficient in conformity with Catholic Social Teaching.  By studying within the nation's capital, MS-SSA students will also have the practical opportunities to implement and apply their theoretical education to real-world and current issues within their places of work.  

Students must earn at least a 'B' grade point average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) - both overall and on final projects completed as part of the capstone course.

Core courses within the MS-SSA. program include the following:
MSO 500 Catholic Servant Leadership (1 credit)
  MADM 501 Effective Communication in Leadership (3 credits)
  MADM 533 HR Management and Strategy (3 credits)
  MADM 552 Principles of Budgeting and Finance (3 credits)
  MADM 514 Principles of Ethical Leadership (3 credits)
  MSO 576 Public Policy Analysis and Implementation (3 credits)
  MSO 585 Public-Private Partnerships (3 credits)
  MSO 525 Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis (3 credits)
  MADM 675 Master's Capstone (3 credits)

Specialized Courses:
  MADM 621 Diversity in a Multicultural Society (3 credits)
  MADM 622 Legal Aspects of Social Services (3 credits)
  MADM 623 Organizational Theory for Human Resources (3 credits)
  MADM 624 Public Policy and Social Services (3 credits)
  MADM 625 Public Relations and Fundraising (3 credits)

Tuition for MSPS Graduate Programs is $1035 per credit hour. For details on tuition and fees please go to our Tuition page. For information on how to finance your education, please see our Financial Aid Resources page. 

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