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MSW Master of Social Work

School of Public Service Leadership

Develop Real-World Social Work Skills to Help Others

Being a social worker provides one of the most essential services in our society—helping vulnerable people overcome challenges. Capella offers a CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) degree that can help you gain the skills to prepare for advanced generalist practice, and help people get access to the social services they need.

Already have an accredited BSW? Consider our MSW—Advanced Standing program.

At a Glance

  • Online & In Person
  • 15 Core Courses
  • 2 Elective Courses
  • Internship
  • CSWE-Accredited

Classes Start April 8th

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.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SPRING)

MSW Program Highlights

Blended, Flexible Learning

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.

Technology-Enhanced Impact

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

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

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.


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

Learn more about residency »

Licensure Support

Get support from our licensure team throughout the license application process. They’ll be ready to help you, even after you graduate.

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

Learn more about practicum »

Meet Your MSW Faculty

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.

Brian Christenson, PhD, LMSW, LGSW, CAP

MSW Program Director and DSW Chair

Lisa Jennings, PhD, LICSW, LCSW

MSW Field Education Director

Zulema Suárez, PhD, LMSW

MSW Core Faculty

“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
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Get the Support You Need for Success

Our dedicated support teams guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey. Here are some of the people you’ll work with:

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.

Financial Aid Counselors

First they listen. Then they act—for you. Running the numbers, exploring ways to save, and making the financing of your education simpler.


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors–they know all about the details of your program.

Cost & Learning Format

  • 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
$505 per credit, 88 total quarter credits, 16 max transfer credits
Master of Social Work (MSW) Online Program | Capella University

*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.  

Master of Social Work (MSW) Online Program | Capella University

Get the Details

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

Accredited & Recognized

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.

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.

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. 

Scholarship for New Students

Smart financing starts with a scholarship for eligible students that can lower your tuition. Enroll in a qualified program, apply for the scholarship, and meet the requirements.

10% Military Discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

MSW Sample Courses

Course Number Course Title
SWK5003 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
SWK5006 Social Policy and Planning in Human Services
SWK5007 Mezzo Social Work Practice
SWK5016 Integrative Technology in Advanced Social Work Practice

What You’ll Learn

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).

  • Connect with clients to assess their needs
  • Apply your knowledge of human behavior
  • Incorporate diversity and difference
  • Maintain professional resilience to meet challenges
  • Advance as a professional social worker

  • Use critical thinking to find relevant solutions
  • Uphold ethical principles to guide your practice
  • Champion human rights and social justice
  • Employ strategies for effective social work services
  • Combine research with real-world practice

Social Work Career Insights

Career Paths to Explore With an MSW

Check out five career paths that relate to an MSW.

What is Social Work?

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

The Growing Use of Technology in Social Work

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

MSW Professional Paths

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.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

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

Related 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.

Other Programs to Explore

Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals.

Ready for the Next Step?

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