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Total program credits needed for graduation: 74

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 1.877.295.6786, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Required Courses

36 course quarter credits.

DSW8002
Advanced Knowledge of Social Work (6 quarter credits)
DSW8120
Contemporary Issues in Social Work* (6 quarter credits)
DSW8130
Leadership in Social Work* (6 quarter credits)
DSW8140
Technology in Social Work* (6 quarter credits)
DSW8150
Methods of Inquiry in Action Research* (6 quarter credits)
DSW8160
Applying Action Research* (6 quarter credits)

Elective Courses

Choose four or five courses that will fulfill the 18 quarter credit.

Choose any graduate course(s).

Dissertation Courses

20 course quarter credits.

DWR8001
Professional Dissertation Writer's Retreat*+ (non-credit)
DSW9920
Action Research Dissertation Courseroom* (non-credit)
DSW9921
Action Research Dissertation 1* (5 quarter credits)
DSW9922
Action Research Dissertation 2* (5 quarter credits)
DSW9923
Action Research Dissertation 3* (5 quarter credits)
DSW9924
Action Research Dissertation 4* (5 quarter credits)

† This course includes required live web conferencing activities and/or learner audio/video recordings. Learners who require assistive technology or alternative communication methods to participate in these activities should contact Disability Services to request accommodations.

§ Learners must choose the number of elective courses that will fulfill the 18 quarter credit requirement.

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

‡Maryland residents are currently not eligible to register for this course.

Residency Requirement

As part of your program, you will attend one Dissertation Writer's Retreat (DW-R8001) in addition to your online courses.

What Can I Expect?

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 1.877.295.6786, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.