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Make a Bigger Impact with a Master of Social Work Degree

Gain the skills you need to help individuals, families, organizations, and communities improve their psychological and social function, as well as achieve wellness and empowerment with an online Master of Social Work from Capella University. Your MSW curriculum will set you on a path to apply advanced-practice concepts and immediately help people of all backgrounds address and overcome their challenges.

The Capella Master of Social Work is comprised of two programs—a foundational program for candidates without a CSWE-accredited bachelor’s degree in social work and an advanced-standing program for those who already possess a CSWE-accredited bachelor’s degree. Both options involve supervised field education and coursework to prepare you for success in advanced generalist practice, with an emphasis on leadership and technology as adjuncts to practice.

Accreditation Makes the Difference

Capella University’s Master of Social Work program has achieved candidacy status with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Some states require graduation from a fully accredited CSWE program to be eligible for a social work license or to participate in post-graduate supervision hours necessary for licensure. Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, other professional credentials or salary advancement. It is each learner’s responsibility to understand and comply with these requirements. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on the School’s website.

Social Work Skills That Go Above and Beyond

Prepare to make a difference as a leader in social work. Our MSW curriculum can help you integrate in-demand leadership and technology skills, while preparing you to provide effective, compassionate services that help change lives.

  • Lead with Compassion. Capella’s programs are designed to prepare you to serve as an innovative, 21st century advanced generalist practitioner. Apply your knowledge and leadership skills in a management or supervisory role, to inspire and mentor others to provide valuable and effective social work services.

  • Meet the Digital Demand. Information technology is pervasive, and social workers need to be tech savvy to extend their reach. We integrate the use of technology in our social work programs to help you provide expanded services in multiple formats and locations, effective services consistently, as well as to track and manage client information.

  • Supported Field Education. Field education lays the foundation for meeting clients on their level, bridging theory with practical application. We offer a wealth of multidisciplinary field work options that provide practical application, as well as a unique residency experience to apply theory to real-world situations to help prepare you for your future.

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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