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Make a Difference in the Lives of Others

You’ve got the vision and desire to provide effective, compassionate services that help change lives. Dare to take the next step to change the world, one life at a time, with an online social work degree. Find your direct path to stand out and make a big difference in the lives of others.

Whether you’re driven to counsel, research, or lead, Capella has online Doctor of Social Work (DSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) programs that provide tangible skills and hands-on experience to realize your potential and make a big difference in the lives of others.

Aligned to Deliver the Skills You Need to Succeed

At Capella, you’ll find programs to help you effectively help others in a variety of settings. Our online Master of Social Work (MSW) and Doctor of Social Work programs (DSW) are designed around national social work educational policy and professional standards to ensure you build the knowledge and skills you need to make an impact in your work—and your career.

Take a Direct and Affordable Path to Your Goals

Invest your time and money on building the skills you need to fulfill your passion for helping others. Our five-day, credit-bearing MSW residency experience links social work theory to practice and helps you prepare for your future. The DSW program includes a dissertation writer’s retreat to give you the time and resources to move ahead on your dissertation. These face-to-face experiences provide the benefit of interaction, support, and feedback from peers and faculty—and some costs are included in your tuition.

Step into a Leadership Role

Capella’s programs will prepare you to make a difference as a leader in social work. The MSW and DSW curriculum integrates in-demand leadership and technology skills, preparing you to serve as an innovative, 21st century advanced generalist practitioner, leader, researcher, or educator. You’ll be prepared to inspire and mentor others so they can provide valuable and effective social work services.

Accreditation Makes the Difference

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.


Council on Social Work Education

Capella University’s Master of Social Work program has achieved candidacy status with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States. With curriculum aligned to CSWE standards, the Capella MSW will prepare students for state licensure eligibility.

Setting the Standard in Quality Online Education

Capella has led the way in developing high value, flexible education for working professionals. You’ll find challenging curriculum, engaged instructors, and in-person learning experiences that can take your career to the next level.

Notable Faculty

Nearly all of Capella's social work faculty members have a doctoral degree and are licensed social workers both in advanced generalist practice and clinical social work. Our instructors are proficient in designing programs to meet state and national accreditation standards, and have advanced levels of theoretical knowledge and real-world practice experience.

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