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Gain the Skills to Advance Your Career

Capella's online social work degree programs are closely connected to the needs of your profession. We continually review and adapt our programs to ensure you get the skills and knowledge you need to play an important role in the lives of others.


More than 80% of current Capella students say their education has had a direct impact on their career.CULES, 2010

We Are Professionally-Aligned

An aging population combined with the rise of in-home care has created a critical need for social workers. With our online Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program, you'll be primed to assume a leadership role in this field as either a faculty member or administrator.

Designed around national social work education guidelines, the curriculum of our online social work degree emphasizes critical thinking, action research, and the integration of theoretical knowledge with practical experience. It includes face-to-face learning experiences and a week-long, intensive dissertation writing retreat. The Capella DSW is one of only a select few online social work degrees in the United States.

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Capella: An Accredited University

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

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Meet Our Distinguished Faculty

Nearly all of Capella's faculty from the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences have a doctoral degree and many work as social workers. Our instructors have expertise in child and adolescent development, and family and geriatric issues. They are also proficient in designing programs to meet state and national accreditation standards, and have experience consulting with privately held businesses with a focus on succession planning, organizational development, executive development, and coaching.

The entire dissertation process can be overwhelming and daunting, but Dr. Marie Salimbeni has a way of encouraging and motivating her learners to move forward.

Chanda Jackson Doctor of Social Work

2 Ways to Save

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    Employer Tuition Reimbursement

    Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to their employees — even those without a formal program. Check with your HR department or manager to see if you are eligible.

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    Employer & Association Discounts

    Tuition discounts from Capella-affiliated employers and colleges can make your degree more affordable, saving you thousands.

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At Capella, you will enjoy the flexibility of earning your degree on a schedule that fits your life. In our online course rooms, students and faculty participate in discussions at different times throughout the week. You will not attend class at a specific date and time, but you can expect to complete weekly assignments, reading, and participation requirements.