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Master of Social Work - Advanced Standing Master of Social Work

School of Public Service Leadership

Advance Your Career as a Social Worker

Being a social worker provides one of the most essential services in our society—helping vulnerable people overcome challenges. You’ve already laid the foundation for your social work career with a CSWE-accredited bachelor’s degree in social work, and now it’s time to take the next step forward with our online Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced Standing Program. As a program in candidacy for CSWE accreditation, our program is built to national standards and designed around advanced generalist practice licensing standards. Clients look to skilled social work professionals to guide them through life challenges. Our program can help you expand your expertise, preparing you for advanced generalist practice.

What to Expect

  • Online & In-Person
  • 8 Core Courses
  • 2 Elective Courses
  • Internship

Classes Start October 9th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admissions Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Connect with Clients

Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Apply Critical Thinking

Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

Forge Policy That Helps

Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services. 

Put Your Knowledge To Work

Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

Lead Professionally

Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.

Uphold Your Ethics

Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.

Incorporate Diversity

Engage diversity and difference in practice.

Work For Human Rights

Advance human rights and social and economic justice.

Connect Research With Practice

Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

Maintain Professional Resilience

Respond to contexts that shape practice.

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Dr. Brian Christenson, LMSW, LGSW, CAP

MSW Program Director and DSW Chair

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Dr. Telvis Rich, LMSW

MSW Field Education Director

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Dr. Zulema Suárez, LMSW

 MSW Core Faculty

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Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Relevant & In-Demand Skills

Prepare to serve as an advanced generalist practitioner; integrating leadership skills that are relevant for this field.

Technology-Enhanced Impact

Learn to use technology to help expand the reach and effectiveness of social service programs and enhance the services you provide.

All Core Faculty Hold Doctorates

The expertise, diversity, and real-world experience of our scholar-practitioner faculty can guide you in your practice and career.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$500 per credit, 52 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

We believe in being transparent about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree. Learn more about learning outcomes and gainful employment with a Master of Social Work.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable–there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

10% Military Discount

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

Discover Military Benefits »

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Learn about Transfer Credits »

Faculty Interview

"Students have the opportunity to learn from people all over the country. The coursework is rigorous, and right on target to prepare graduates to excel in the field."

Kateri Ray, PhD, MSW
Social Work Faculty

Professionally credible, professionally aligned. Our MSW has achieved candidacy status with CSWE*, the professional standard in social worker education and a minimum requirement for licensure eligibility in all states.

Enjoy the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Access your engaging, online learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

The curriculum for our online MSW Advanced Standing degree blends coursework, face-to-face residencies, and field education. Add depth of knowledge with electives in clinical practice, leadership and supervision, or human services.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
SWK5013 Mental Health Practice and Advanced Interventions: Theory and Practice
SWK-R5014 Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice
SWK5016 Integrative Technology in Advanced Social Work Practice
SWK5017 Clinical Supervision and Leadership in SW Practice
SWK5018 Systems Analysis of SW Practice: Theories, Skills, Values & Professional Practice

Prepare for Licensure

Our program features a rigorous combination of online coursework and face-to-face experiences that helps you expand on what you’re learning in the courseroom, so you can hit the ground running in the real world.

Residency

Enhance the skills you develop in your program coursework through these intensive, onsite experiences with students and faculty.  

Learn more about residency »

Dedicated Support

Our licensure team supports you through the license application process, and is here for you even beyond graduation.

Learn more about licensure support »

Practicum / Internship

Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct-client contact and supervision.

Learn more about practicum »

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

Career Options with a Master of Social Work Degree

Check out five career paths that begin with a MSW.

Read the blog post »

What Is Social Work?

Learn about potential careers and skills needed to be successful in the field.

Read the blog post »

The Growing Use of Technology in Social Work

Learn how technology is impacting client issues and changing how social workers provide treatment.

Read the blog post »

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online Master of Social Work (MSW)–Advanced Standing program.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Mental health/substance abuse social worker
  • Medical/public health social worker
  • Child, family, or school social worker
  • Community social worker
  • Social work administrator/leader
  • Case manager/supervisor
  • Human services manager/supervisor
  • Clinical manager/supervisor
  • Program manager/supervisor
  • Researcher
  • Social policy analyst/advocate
  • Adjunct, part-time or full-time faculty

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Hospital, primary care setting, and clinic
  • Veterans’ hospital and clinic
  • Nursing home
  • Hospice
  • Community mental health clinic
  • Private practice
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • P-12 public/private school
  • Correctional facility
  • Child welfare agency
  • Nonprofit/For-profit organization
  • Land-based or online college or university

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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