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Online Social Work & Human Services Degrees

Work for the greater good

Offer your talents to those who need it most, when and where they need it most. Capella’s online social work and human services degrees channel your passion to serve your community.

Make a difference

If you’re passionate about helping others, our social work and human services programs can help you make a difference in your community. A graduate education allows you to gain advanced knowledge and skills to provide assistance, navigate systems and offer advice that impacts lives. Because Capella faculty are leaders in the field of social work and human services, you’ll graduate with the ability to apply your skills and knowledge in the real world.


Doctor of Social Work

Prepare to be a leader, researcher, or advanced practitioner with a curriculum focused on critical thinking, leadership, research, and use of technology.  


Doctor of Human Services

Gain skills in leadership, strategic planning, and data analysis for improved community empowerment and client advocacy.


Master of Social Work

Gain advanced leadership skills and prepare to step into a general or clinical practice (in most states) in a management or supervisory role offering social work services.


Master of Social Work, Advanced Standing

Already have a BSW? Build on your foundational knowledge, gain advanced leadership skills, and prepare for general or clinical practice (in most states) or a management or supervisory role.


MS in Human Services

Gain the knowledge and skills needed to help serve our changing world with an advanced degree in human services.


Bachelor in Social Work

Cultivate your passion for helping others with a Bachelor of Social Work. Learn the foundations of a generalist social work practice and connect people with the resources they need to thrive.

Individual courses in social work and human services

Move closer towards your goals, one course at a time. Take an individual Capella course in subject areas including counseling, psychology, nursing, business, and more. 

We believe in being transparent about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree. Learn more about Capella’s learning outcomes.

Accredited and recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Why earn a social work and human services degree with Capella?

Learning online doesn’t mean learning alone. In Capella’s online social work and human services programs, you’ll be part of a dynamic group of educators, learners, and support staff as you learn to make a bigger impact in your field.

Professionally aligned curriculum

Our competency-based curriculum aligns with professional standards so you gain the most relevant skills and knowledge.

Programs that fit your life

Tackle coursework on your schedule with 24/7 online access to your courseroom anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Accreditation makes the difference

Capella University’s Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Relevant, applicable coursework

With learning designed around industry standards, you’ll apply theory to scenarios you encounter on the job every day.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from faculty with top academic credentials and real-world experience.

Engaging, personal instruction

Interact in a courseroom that simulates on-the-job situations to learn vital collaboration and cross-functional skills.

“I realized I wanted to work more on a one-to-one basis. I wanted to be able to provide therapy, and for that, I knew I needed a master’s and licensure.”

Toni Vadala* Master of Social Work
*Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in our promotional materials.

Social work and human services career insights

How to Start and Grow a Career in Social Work

What does it take to start and grow a career in social work? A Capella University faculty member shares her perspective.

Is Human Services the Right Career Path for You?

Explore human services to find out if a helping profession in this field is a good fit for your career goals.

The Difference Between Human Services and Social Work

Social Work and Human Services involve helping people in challenging circumstances. So what are their differences?

Ready for the next step?

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