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 emergency services.
  2. Think critically and integrate quantitative and qualitative analyses to decision making within the sphere of emergency service administration.
  3. Assist both public and private sector organizations to reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters.
  4. Understand and communicate the current state of public policy, policy development, and laws related to social services.
  5. Identify and meet the needs of the community as they relate to disasters, emergencies, and other hazards.
  6. 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 emergency service providers.  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 emergency service facilities by making them more effective and efficient in conformity with Catholic Social Teaching.  By studying within the nation's capital, MS-ESA 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.

Tuition for MSPS Graduate Programs is $1070 per credit hour. For details on tuition and fees, and how to finance your education, please go to our Tuition page

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