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Master of Social Work

Skilled social workers play an essential role in our society: helping vulnerable people overcome challenges. The online Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program from Capella University, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), can help you develop your expertise toward an advanced generalist practice and help people get access to the vital services they need for a happier life.

This program is accredited by CSWE and is aligned with the 2022 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The program engages in specific and continuous efforts within the curriculum related to anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion, and helps students understand and use their knowledge, awareness and skills to engage in practice. The program is designed around advanced generalist practice licensing standards.

If you already have a CSWE-accredited BSW, our MSW – Advanced Standing program may be a better fit for you.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

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


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

Blended, flexible learning

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

Classes start August 5

Apply today with no application fee.

At a glance

  • Online & in-person
  • 15 Core courses
  • 2 Elective courses
  • 5 Practicum/internship
  • CSWE accredited
  • Mission-focused curriculum

Reduce your tuition by $2,500

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $2,500 Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with an MSW 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 master of social work (MSW) degree.

Job titles to explore

  • Medical social worker

Employment settings to explore

  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Colleges, universities and professional schools
  • Other individual and family services
  • All other miscellaneous ambulatory healthcare services
  • Offices of physicians (except mental health specialists)
  • Direct health and medical insurance carriers
  • Other general government support
  • Home healthcare services
  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Child and youth services

*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 specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.