Doctoral Degrees in Social Work & Human Services

Make a Difference in Others’ Lives

Expand your ability to serve individuals or communities. Our online social work and human services doctoral programs can help expand your skills to be an effective leader, researcher, or practitioner.


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.

What's it like to be a doctoral student?

What does it take to earn a doctoral degree? Learn more about the experience, explore each step of the journey, and read stories from students who have successfully earned their doctorate.

Accredited & 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 Choose Capella?

Learning online doesn’t mean learning alone. In Capella’s online social work and human services doctoral programs, you’ll be part of a dynamic group of educators, learners, and support staff as you strengthen your research and leadership skills.

Professionally Aligned Curriculum

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

Comprehensive Doctoral Support

Keep moving toward your goals with expert support throughout your doctoral journey.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from doctoral faculty with real-world experience.

Programs that Fit Your Life

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

Research Seminars & Residency

Be prepared for your doctoral projects with direct, hands on assistance early in your program to guide you through.

Engaging, Personal Instruction

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

I graduated from Capella with a PhD in Human Services. While my life has not been perfect, I am blessed and able to say that it is filled with purpose. Every challenge that I have faced has led me closer to where I am supposed to be in this journey called life.

Jacque Eaves

PhD Human Services

Relevant blog posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

PhD in Social Work vs. Doctor of Social Work

Two doctoral programs focused on social work. What are the differences, and which one is right for you?

Why Collaboration Is Key to Human Services

Collaboration is the new norm for human services. These 3 examples from the field demonstrate why.

4 Ways Students Can Stay on Top of Industry Trends

Tips on how to keep your industry knowledge up-to-date while getting a DSW.

Ready for the next step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.