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MSW–Advanced Standing
Master of Social Work

As a skilled social work professional, you can help people navigate life’s challenges and find a path to well-being. The CSWE-accredited master of social work (MSW)–advanced standing specialization from Capella can build your expertise toward an advanced generalist practice. The curriculum is designed to help you develop critical skills and knowledge and prepare for your state’s initial social work license.

In addition to being accredited by the CSWE, this program is aligned to national standards and designed around advanced generalist practice licensing standards. Apply the skills and knowledge you gained from earning a CSWE-accredited bachelor’s degree in social work, and take the next step forward.

If you don’t have a CSWE-accredited BSW, our MSW program may be a better fit for you.

Technology-enhanced impact

Apply technology to expand the reach of social service programs, and enhance the services you provide.


Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct client contact and supervision. Solve real-world challenges as you progress through the coursework.

Blended, flexible learning

Prepare to serve as an advanced generalist practitioner. Build relevant leadership skills with a combination of online and in-person learning experiences.

Classes start July 10

Use the code SPRING to waive the $50 application fee.

At a glance

  • Online & in-person
  • 8 Core courses
  • 2 Elective courses
  • 3 Practicum/internship
  • CSWE accredited
  • Mission-focused curriculum

Reduce your tuition by $2,500

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $2.5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with an MSW degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion, or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with master’s in social work (MSW)–advanced standing specialization.

Job titles to explore

  • Social worker
  • Clinical manager
  • Case manager
  • Director of social services
  • Clinical director
  • Program director
  • Social services coordinator
  • School social worker
  • Adjunct or part-time social work faculty
  • Full-time social work faculty

Employment settings to explore

  • Ambulatory care services
  • Hospital
  • Individual and family services
  • Health insurance carrier
  • Government – local, state, federal
  • K—12 schools
  • Community college
  • Land-based or online college or university

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.