Students in this dual degree program of nonprofit management and Masters in Social Work develop the vital skills that remain the foundation for the successful leadership of social service organizations.

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Students experience a practice-based curriculum that places them in field internships that serve as the foundation for learning. Student paid field internships take place in both social work and nonprofit agencies and provide a learning laboratory where they can apply what is learned in the classroom in a real world experience that develops new areas of professional competence.


The University of Southern California consistently ranks among the nation’s top accredited social work graduate programs in U.S. News & World Report.

  • degree Requirements
    • Course Requirements: 2 summers of coursework totaling 48 credits in Jewish Studies, Jewish Communal Dynamics, and Nonprofit Management. The MSW requires 42 credits.
    • Fieldwork Internship: Two years of paid supervised field practice and related practicum course in an experiential learning environment that is constructed to meet educational objectives by integrating leadership theory with on the job learning.
    • Capstone Project: Choose between a traditional research thesis or a nonprofit accelerator. Completed during Fall/Spring of year two.
    • Seminar in Global Nonprofit Innovation: The Windmueller Israel Seminar is a 2.5 week experience designed to introduce Jewish professional leaders to the social, political and cultural dynamics of contemporary Israel. The trip is offered every other year (even-numbered years), and begins in mid-December. The next trip is scheduled for December 2018.

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*Note: Curriculum subject to change

First Summer
CS 427 Evolution and Structure of the Amer. J. Community 2
CS 521 History of Jewish Ideas 3
CS 540 Introduction to Jewish Communal Institutions 3
CS 544 Organizational Development 2
CS 579 Applied Jewish Wisdom 3
13
First Fall
CS 541A Supervised Fieldwork 3
3
First Spring
CS 541B Supervised Fieldwork 3
3
Second Summer
CS 523 Leadership in Jewish Communal Service 2
CS 525 Nonprofit Marketing and Branding 2
CS 531 Fundraising and Financial Resource Development 3
CS 590 Collaborative Communication for J. Professionals 2
CS 596 Elements of Nonprofit Management 2
11
Second Fall
CS 542A Supervised Fieldwork 4
CS 545A Field Practicum 1
CS 900C Capstone: Jewish Research 2
7
Second Spring
CS 481 Israel Seminar 2
CS 542B Supervised Fieldwork 4
CS 545B Field Practicum 1
CS 900D Capstone: Business Model Accelerator 3
10
DEGREE UNIT TOTAL 48