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Prepare to serve as an advanced generalist practitioner. Build leadership skills that are valued in this field with online and in-person learning experiences and unique curriculum.
The expertise, diversity, and real-world experience of our scholar-practitioner faculty can guide you in your practice and career. All social work faculty members have a doctoral degree.
Get support from our licensure team throughout the license application process. They’ll be ready to help you, even after you graduate.
Learn to use technology to help expand the reach and effectiveness of social service programs and enhance the services you provide.
Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey 2018-2019
Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct client contact and supervision.
All social work faculty members have a doctoral degree. As leaders in their field, they help enrich your education and career by bringing real-world relevance to the courseroom.
“I started using what I learned in my job right away. For example, my residency really helped me hone my skills in open-ended questions, reflective listening, and understanding body language. I’m now able to reply to my client’s questions with more sensitivity.”
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A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees). Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.
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Capella University Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation (CSWE). For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact CSWE’s accreditation staff.
In addition to being accredited by the CSWE, this program is aligned to national standards and designed around advanced generalist practice licensing standards.
Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.
Here is just a sample of the online MSW-Advanced Standing courses you can choose from in this program.
Mental Health Practice and Advanced Interventions: Theory and Practice
This course prepares learners for advanced mental health best practice. Learners use multiple theoretical frameworks and technology to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities within the mental health field. For MSW and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Prerequisite(s): SWK5007; completion of or concurrent registration in SWK5008. Learners in the MSW—Advanced Standing degree program are exempt from these prerequisites. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer except by coursework from a CSWE-accredited program.
|4 quarter credits|
Integrative Technology in Advanced Social Work Practice
This course is an introduction to transformative and innovative methods of client interviewing, follow up, documentation, evaluation, professional development, and communication through the use of technology, with particular emphasis on 21st-century social work practice skills used to serve diverse clients. Learners engage in interactive role-play activities and create a technology-based initiative that promotes social justice and best practices. For MSW and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in SWK5015. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
Clinical Supervision and Leadership in Social Work Practice
This course is an introduction to leadership theories and skills, ethical decision-making, self-care efficacy, strategic planning, and administrative roles in social work organizations. Throughout the course, learners investigate technology integration; administrative, educational, and supportive supervision; supervision procedures; conduct of supervision; and legal and regulatory guidelines. For MSW and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in SWK5016. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer except by coursework from a CSWE-accredited program.
|4 quarter credits|
Systems Analysis of Social Work Practice: Theories, Skills, Values, and Professional Practice
This course provides a synthesis of all social work practice systems. Learners apply critical-thinking skills as they delve into the identification of social work values and ethics; the assessment of professional behaviors and skills; the engagement of cultural competence; the integration of research, knowledge, human behavior, and theory; and the application and analysis of social work best practice, social justice, policy, technology, and leadership. For MSW and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in SWK5528. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
Develop a confident approach to social work. Earning an MSW can help you gain advanced leadership skills and prepare to step into a general or clinical practice (in most states).
Your guide to becoming a social worker—from Capella University.
Check out five career paths that relate to an MSW.
Capella University recently earned CSWE accreditation, an endorsement of the high quality of its MSW programs.
Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to consider with an MSW.
*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.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career that allows you to help others, our Helping Professions Guide can provide insights into a variety of options to consider.
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