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Get on track to fulfill your passion for helping others with a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Capella University. As one of only a few online universities to offer an MSW, Capella is poised to set you on a professional trajectory that will fulfill your social work goals.

To prepare you for an advanced generalist practice, the curriculum in the Capella MSW goes beyond the basics of social work education to integrate in-demand leadership skills and the use of technology into social work practice. The program helps prepare you to step into a general or clinical practice (in most states) in a management or supervisory role, leading others to offer effective social work services.

The Building Blocks of Your MSW

By incorporating coursework, a credit-bearing residency that provides practical-skills training, and fieldwork, the Capella MSW curriculum sets you on a path to apply advanced-practice concepts to immediately help people of all backgrounds address and overcome their challenges. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of an MSW.

View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, residency and fieldwork all fit together.

If you are seeking information on professional licensure, view our licensure information.

Degree Outcomes

With your MSW from Capella you’ll apply theory, knowledge, and research to develop innovative approaches to social issues. You’ll also provide leadership that promotes sustainable change in social service programs and practice to improve the quality of the field of social work. Discover specifically what you’ll learn—and how you can apply it.

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an MSW include adjunct, part-time or full-time faculty, social work administrator/leader, social policy analyst/advocate, child, family, or school social worker, clinical instructor, case manager, human services director, medical or public health social worker, researcher or senior social worker. Potential workplaces include: correctional facility, child welfare agency, community college, government—local, state, federal—hospital or clinic, veterans’ clinic, nonprofit organization/nongovernmental organization, P-12 schools, private practice, land-based or online college or university, or research organization.