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Master of Social Work Master of Social Work

School of Public Service Leadership

What You'll Learn

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Your Degree Outcomes

This degree is aligned with external professional standards to help you obtain the relevant expertise to advance your career. Becoming proficient in these outcomes will allow you to meet the demands of your field.

By the successful completion of your degree program, you will have gained the following skills and knowledge:

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose a Master of Social Work degree often pursue social work, leadership, or research positions in government agencies, healthcare or educational institutions.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Hospital, primary care setting, and clinic
  • Veteran’s hospital, clinic
  • Nursing home
  • Hospice
  • Palliative care
  • Government agencies—local, state, federal
  • Child welfare agency
  • Developmental disability agency
  • Military base and hospital
  • Correctional facility
  • Community mental health clinic
  • P-12 public/private schools
  • Non-profit organization
  • Research organization
  • Private practice
  • For-profit organization
  • Corporation
  • Land-based or online college/university
  • Community college

    Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Mental health/substance abuse social worker
  • Medical/public health social worker
  • Child, family, or school social worker
  • Community social worker
  • Social work administrator/leader
  • Manager/supervisor
    ◦ Case
    ◦ Human services
    ◦ Clinical
    ◦ Care coordination
    ◦ Program
  • Researcher
  • Social policy analyst/advocate
  • Adjunct or part time faculty
  • Full time faculty
  • Instructor
Online Masters Degree in Social Work | Degree Outcomes - Capella University

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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