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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 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 the CSWE, this program is aligned to national standards and 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 field 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 October 9

Use the code SPRING to waive the $50 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 $2.5K 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’s in social work (MSW) specialization.

Job titles to explore

  • Social worker
  • Clinical manager
  • Case manager
  • Director of social services
  • Clinical director
  • Program director
  • Social services coordinator
  • School social worker
  • Adjunct or part-time social work faculty
  • Full-time social work faculty

Employment settings to explore

  • Ambulatory care services
  • Hospital
  • Individual and family services
  • Health insurance carrier
  • Government – local, state, federal
  • K—12 schools
  • Community college
  • Land-based or online college or university

*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.