Make the most of your degree from Capella University by earning your license. In most U.S. states and Canadian provinces, a professional license may be necessary for:
Determine if licensure is a factor in your program decision by reviewing your educational goals and career interests. Answering the following questions will help to determine whether sitting for the Social Work Licensing Exam is necessary for you:
◦ What are you specifically planning to do with your graduate degree?
◦ What type of work do you intend to do?
◦ For what type of employers and in what type of work setting do you see yourself working?
◦ In which state(s) do you want to work?
Your enrollment counselor can help you decide how this program aligns with your professional goals and help you understand your state's unique requirements. However, we cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement.
Capella's licensure team is up-to-date on the licensing requirements in all 50 states. We have successfully established relationships with state licensing boards and agencies.
Capella's licensure team supports all graduates through the license application process. This type of specialized support is available during your program, after graduation, and throughout your career.
Each state licensing agency or office creates rules or regulations that provide the specific details governing the profession, including licensing requirements. This process is defined by your state but typically involves some or all of the following:
It is crucial to understand the licensing process in your state. Your enrollment counselor is a valuable resource as you research your state’s requirements.
Licensing requirements include the following for most states
Each state and province has different licensing requirements that are governed by a specific group or agency such as the educator licensing office. To understand your state's requirements, start by contacting your enrollment counselor. Additionally, you will want to do your own research on your state's requirements. The following resources may be helpful:
Many states have "fitness to practice" requirements. For example, if you have a medical condition that limits your ability to practice with reasonable skill and safety, chemical substance use within the past 2 years, past or current diagnosis of a sexual disorder, or criminal convictions, you may be prevented from obtaining a license.
Because Capella's main campus is located in Minnesota and we have students in all 50 states and 61 countries, we have designed our programs to meet national standards or accreditations recognized by many states.
For most Capella students, earning a degree from Capella is similar to earning a degree at a university outside of their state, and then moving back to their home state to pursue their professional license. Capella's Enrollment Counselors can provide specific information about unique educational requirements in your state. Contact us to learn more.
Most states have rules that address reciprocity and the transfer of licenses from another state, although some will require you to meet their state's educational requirements as if you were a new applicant. As you relocate and seek new opportunities, Capella's licensure resources and support will be available to help you make the most of your Capella degree.