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Bachelor of Social Work

Social workers play a vital role in our society, helping people in every circumstance overcome challenges. In the online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program, you’ll have the opportunity to develop skills to help people, groups and communities access resources they need to thrive.

*Capella’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is not currently accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Board on Accreditation. Capella is currently in Candidacy status. If Capella’s BSW program does not achieve full accreditation or is delayed in achieving full accreditation, it may prevent or delay you from obtaining licensure in certain states.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

Learn the latest in academic theory and applied practice from experienced faculty members who are actively engaged in their professions.

Practice education experience

Apply your skills and knowledge in the social work settings with direct client contact and supervision. Solve real-world challenges as you progress through the coursework.

Blended, flexible learning

Prepare to serve as a generalist practitioner. Build relevant social work skills with a combination of online and in-person learning experiences.

Classes start June 3

Apply today with no application fee.

At a glance

  • Online
  • GuidedPath
  • 11 Core Courses
  • 2 Practicum courses
  • 180 Total credits
  • 120 Max transfer credits

With Capella Tuition Cap, you won’t pay more than $30,000* in tuition costs for your degree.

*Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with a BSW degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with a Bachelor of Social Work.

Job titles to explore

  • Case worker 
  • Care coordinator 
  • Family support specialist 
  • Outreach specialist 
  • Victim advocate 
  • Advocate 
  • Parent educator 
  • Foster care case manager 
  • Probation/parole officer 
  • Director of social services 

Employment settings to explore

  • Health care and social assistance 
  • Public administration 
  • Other services (except public administration) 

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any professional license, certification, endorsement, salary increase or other career outcome. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for your state.

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