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MSW Master of Social Work

School of Public Service Leadership


Total program credits needed for graduation: 88

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

Core Courses

20 Required Courses, 80 quarter credits

SWK5001 Research in Social Work Practice (4 quarter credits)
SWK5002 Social Welfare History, Policy, and Practice (4 quarter credits)
SWK5003* Human Behavior and the Social Environment 1 (4 quarter credits)
SWK-R5004* Micro Social Work (4 quarter credits)
SWK5005* Human Behavior and the Social Environment 2 (4 quarter credits)
SWK5006* Social Policy and Planning in Human Services (4 quarter credits)
SWK5007* Mezzo Social Work Practice (4 quarter credits)
SWK5008* Macro Social Work Practice with Groups, Organizations, and Communities (4 quarter credits)
SWK5025* Foundation Field Practicum 1 (4 quarter credits)
SWK5026* Foundations Field Practicum 2 (4 quarter credits)
SWK5012* Cultural Competence and Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations (4 quarter credits)
SWK5013* Mental Health Practice and Advanced Interventions: Theory and Practice (4 quarter credits)
SWK-R5014* Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice (4 quarter credits)
SWK5015 Advanced Statistics, Research, and Program Evaluation (4 quarter credits)
SWK5016* Integrative Technology in Advanced Social Work Practice (4 quarter credits)
SWK5017* Clinical Supervision and Leadership in Social Work Practice (4 quarter credits)
SWK5018* Systems Analysis of Social Work Practice: Theories, Skills, Values, and Professional Practice (4 quarter credits)
SWK5526* Advanced Field Practicum 1 (4 quarter credits)
SWK5527* Advanced Field Practicum 2 (4 quarter credits)
SWK5528* Advanced Field Practicum 3 (4 quarter credits)

Two Elective Courses, 8 quarter credits:

Recommended elective courses:

SWK5800* Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Children and Youth 4 quarter credits
SWK5801* Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice Screening, Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Children and Youths 4 quarter credits


SWK5802* Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Adults 4 quarter credits
SWK5803* Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice Screening, Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Adults 4 quarter credits


SWK5804* Innovative Leadership and Supervision in Social Work Practice 4 quarter credits
SWK5805* Managing Social Work Practice in the 21st Century 4 quarter credits


Choose any graduate courses related to social work within the fields of psychology, counseling, human services, health care, public administration, or education.

*Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the course descriptions for further details.

Capella University’s Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation. Some states require graduation from a fully accredited CSWE program to be eligible for a social work license or to participate in post-graduate supervision hours necessary for licensure. Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, other professional credentials or salary advancement. It is each student’s responsibility to understand and comply with these requirements. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on the School’s website.

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you are required to complete two residencies (MSW-R5004 and MSW-5014).

Field Education Practicum Requirements

In the Master of Social Work Program learners complete a field education practicum/internship, which is the signature pedagogy in social work education. Two practicums are required in the MSW program totaling 1,000 hours. Each field education practicum presents an opportunity for learners to apply social work skills while working with individuals, families, groups, communities and/or organizations.

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What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 16 credits into this specialization.

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