Community, Organization, and Social Action (COSA) Concentration


The Community, Organization, and Social Action (COSA) concentration is seeking socially active and civically engaged students for leadership careers in community services, community development, and community change.  Graduates pursue established and emerging professional opportunities in public, private, profit, and nonprofit organizations in such fields as: health care, disability services, children and youth, family services, community revitalization and development, philanthropy, policy and planning, business and human resources, community centers, and more.
Our graduates are:

  • leading international downtown development organizations
  • serving as foundation officers and community affairs directors
  • administering major nonprofit human service agencies
  • managing Main Street and Elm Street community revitalization projects
  • conducting policy analysis, writing legislation, and planning public programs
  • directing community centers and collaborations
  • coordinating community change and social action initiatives and coalitions
  • teaching in social work schools and heading university-community partnerships 

Curriculum Requirements

COSA Certificate Program in Human Services Management

Certificate Employees of public child welfare agencies interested in pursuing an MSW degree should visit the CWEL home page.


With generous support from James V. Cunningham, Professor Emeritus and colleagues, the School established a Community Practice Award Fund in 2006 that makes an annual Community Practice Award administered by the School’s Community, Organization, and Social Action (COSA) Concentration.  Learn more about the Community Practice Award criteria and nomination process.