A Master of Science in Social Service Administration (M.S.-S.S.A.) 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 M.S.-S.S.A. is similar to a M.S.W. but differs in that whereas an M.S.W. prepares students to be social work practitioners, the M.S.-S.S.A. prepares student to manage a social work practice.
The M.S.-S.S.A. 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.
The Catholic University of America offers many opportunities for students inside and outside the campus. With seven different specialized libraries, state-of-the-art laboratories with specialized equipment, 22 research centers and facilities, and a location inside the nation’s capital that provides many opportunities for internships and research in a wide spectrum of fields and organizations, The Catholic University of America is one of a kind.
The Catholic University of America is a community of scholars, both faculty and students, seeking to discover, preserve and impart the truth in all its forms. Students are mentored in a learning environment with personalized attention that allows them to be prepared for success in work and in life. This preparation includes teaching assistantships, research opportunities, national conferences, and clinical work. To learn more about these opportunities contact the department in which you are interested and schedule a visit to campus.
The Catholic University of America offers graduate students a wide variety of funding, teaching assistantships, on-campus employment, and research opportunities. Please contact the department of your interest and ask about funding and teaching opportunities.