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Skilled social workers play an essential role in our society: helping vulnerable people overcome challenges. The online CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program from Capella University can develop your expertise toward an advanced generalist practice, and help people get access to the vital services they need for a happier life.
In addition to being accredited by CSWE, this program is aligned to the national 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.
Use the code MSFALL to waive the $50 application fee.
Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $2.5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.
|SWK5002* Social Welfare History, Policy, and Practice||Learners in this course critically analyze social welfare history, domestic social policies and social welfare programs. Learners use theoretical frameworks and social work best practices to understand issues of social and economic justice, including the human rights of children, youth, adults, families, communities and organizations in order to effectively prepare for policy leadership and planning, advocacy and social action. For MSW and MSW-Advanced Standing learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer except by coursework from a CSWE-accredited program.||4 quarter credits|
|SWK5003* Human behavior and the Social Environment 1||Learners identify biological, psychological, sociological, cultural and spiritual factors that influence human behavior in the social environment from a person-in-environment perspective through the use of theory, a conceptual framework and social work best practices. Learners analyze human behavior from young infancy through adolescence. For MSW and MSW-Advanced Standing learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer except by coursework from a CSWE-accredited program. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in SWK5001, completion of or concurrent registration in SWK5002.||4 quarter credits|
|SWK5007* Mezzo Social Work Practice||Learners develop knowledge of social work best practices with particular emphasis on small-to-medium-sized groups. Learners explore the link between mezzo and micro and macro social work practices, as well as the link of person to environment, the research literature that informs this level of practice and ethical concerns. Throughout the course, learners apply social work best practices and technology integration in their work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and colleagues. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer except by coursework from a CSWE-accredited program. Prerequisite(s): SWK5003, completion of or concurrent registration in SWK5004.||4 quarter credits|
|SWK5011* Culturally Responsive Social Work Practices with Diverse Populations||Learners examine diversity and difference, power and privilege, and oppression related to social work practice. Throughout the course, learners gain knowledge of one's biases toward race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, social and economic status, political ideology and disability; how those biases contribute to discrimination and oppression; and the ethics of culturally responsive best practice. In addition, learners utilize the diversity, equity, inclusion, power and anti-racism (DEIPAR) framework to reflect on personal values, beliefs and behaviors to understand and guide ethical and effective social work practice with people of diverse backgrounds. Through technology, learners engage in strategy and leadership best practices to address biases in social work practice. For MSW learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer except by coursework from a CSWE-accredited program. Prerequisite: SWK5007; completion of or concurrent registration in SWK5008.||4 quarter credits|
|SWK5025* Foundation Practicum 1||This is the first course in a sequence of two required practicum courses during which learners complete a minimum of 400 supervised field experience hours. Throughout the practicum, learners engage in experiential learning in a field agency setting and apply social work best practice theories, professional values, and practice techniques gained from their social work foundation courses. This course includes an integrative seminar that facilitates learners’ leadership development and technology skills with regard to entry-level generalist social work practice. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. Prerequisite(s): SWK5014. Completion or concurrent registration in SWK5017. Approval of practicum application. All application materials must be received by the first day of the quarter preceding the quarter of the proposed start date.||4 quarter credits|
*Course has prerequisite(s). See catalog for details.
The Master of Social Work degree program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to pursue specialized, advanced generalist social work practice as an administrator, social work practitioner, supervisor or leader in your community.
The curriculum includes online course work and face-to-face learning experiences. Learners will encounter social work practice skills that promote personal growth and competence in ethics, values, diversity, ecological perspectives, cultural competence, technology and leadership in 21st-century specialized advanced generalist social work practice.
As you complete this program, you’ll learn to:
Review the Capella career exploration guide to learn more about this program and career paths to explore.
The mission of Capella University’s online Master of Social Work program is to educate and prepare diverse adult learners to serve as innovative, ethical and culturally responsive advanced generalist social work practitioners. Learners will demonstrate skills and knowledge based on scientific inquiry and apply strengths-based, person-in-environment and ecological perspectives.
In the quest for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice, learners will make a commitment to ethical practice by demonstrating cultural humility, anti-racism, anti-oppression, diversity, equity, inclusion and technology best practices. Guided by a local and global perspective, learners will emerge as leaders who ethically and effectively promote human and community well-being with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in advanced generalist social work practice by applying the core values of social work to enhance life for all people.
Furthermore, learners will also develop advanced generalist practice skills to aid business, community and government leaders in leveraging diversity, instilling equity and leading with an inclusive lens by engaging in social work practice while expanding access to work and improving communities at all systems levels.
The total cost of your degree will depend on academic performance, transfer credits, scholarships and other factors. See GuidedPath cost information below.
A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$540 per credit, $150 resource kit fee, 88 total quarter credits, 20 max transfer credits
*This is only an estimate, effective July 10, 2023, and is subject to change. Your price will vary depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. Books, supplies, and other fees are not included in this estimate. GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. New or recently revised program estimates are based on comparable programs.
Capella is committed to transparency in its tuition and pricing. In addition to tuition, you will be responsible for additional costs, which may include an application fee, travel expenses, and practicum costs. A resource kit fee of $50-$200, charged quarterly or per billing session, covers the cost of required books, software, and other course materials. Click here to review program-specific fee amounts in our University Catalog.
Find out more about financing and payment options to help you complete your program. Federal aid also is available to help manage the costs of higher education. Learn more about financing your education.
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*Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2021–2022
Capella University’s Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation. For information about social work accreditation, visit: https://www.cswe.org/.
It is important to understand all educational and individual requirements for licensing. Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for your state.
Applicants to the MSW program must provide the following information for admission:
GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.
All admissions decisions are final.
International student requirements
If you completed your most recent academic coursework, degree, or credential at an institution outside the United States, regardless of your citizenship or where you currently live, you are considered an international applicant.
In addition to the above admission requirements, you will need to submit these materials:
Learn more about international student admissions.
Our programs are designed to meet the unique needs of a master’s student. We’ve structured the experience in manageable pieces to help you earn your degree with support from faculty, staff and online resources.
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As with all graduate level students, individuals in a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program focus on acquiring the skills and practical knowledge required for successful completion.
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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’s in social work (MSW) specialization.
Job titles to explore
Employment settings to explore
*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.