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Total program credits needed for graduation: 71

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-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

Nineteen Required Courses, 71 quarter credits.

PSL7010 
21st-Century Communication and Leadership (4 quarter credits)
PSL7020*
Professional Practice and Collaboration in a Diverse and Dynamic World (4 quarter credits)
PSL7030*
Introduction to Critical Analysis and Research (4 quarter credits)
SWK8015*
Advanced Social Work Practice: Theoretical Perspectives (4 quarter credits)
SWK8025*
Leadership and Management in Complex Social Systems (4 quarter credits)
SWK8035*
Clinical Theories of Social Work Practice 1 (4 quarter credits)
SWK8045*
Advanced Social Work Practice: Theoretical Perspectives (4 quarter credits)
SWK8055*
Advanced Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations in Complex Systems (4 quarter credits)
SWK8065*
Clinical Theories of Social Work Practice 2 (4 quarter credits)
SWK8075*
Advanced Social Work Practitioner as a Leader of Social Change  (4 quarter credits)
PSL7860*
Survey of Research Methods  (4 quarter credits)
PSL7864*
Quantitative Design and Analysis (4 quarter credits)
PSL7868*
Qualitative Design and Analysis (4 quarter credits)
PSL-R8941*
Professional Doctorate Research Seminar for Public Service Leadership Track 1† (3 quarter credits)
PSL-R8942*
Professional Doctorate Research Seminar for Public Service Leadership Track 2† (3 quarter credits)

In addition, choose one from the following courses:

PSL8130*
Action Research for Public Service Leadership (4 quarter credits)
PSL8140*
Program Evaluation for Public Service Leadership (4 quarter credits)

Upon completion of all required and elective coursework, learners must register for PSL9971 a minimum of three times to fulfill their program requirements.

PSL9971*
Doctoral Capstone: Paper (3 quarter credits)



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

† Learners are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses associated with this course.

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 additional credits for your own education, 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 with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure that the credits you earn now may be applicable to a Capella degree program.

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.