Master of Social Work

Advance your social work practice.

Prepare for advanced generalist practice as an administrator, social work practitioner, supervisor, and leader in your community. This curriculum includes online course work and face-to-face learning experiences and emphasizes social work practice skills that promote personal growth and competence in ethics, values, diversity, ecological perspectives, cultural competence, technology, and leadership in21st-century advanced generalist practice.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

We have not yet collected enough information to publish learning outcome data for this program.

Master of Social Work (MSW) specialization

  • Master of Social Work

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • The curriculum is aligned to the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) educational policy and accreditation standards.
  • Capella is one of a few universities to offer an online Master of Social Work degree.

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

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.

Capella University is in the process of pursuing accreditation from 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.

Public Service Leadership and Social and Behavioral Sciences Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across select Public Service Leadership and Social and Behavioral Sciences masters programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Satisfaction with Job Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.


Career & Professional Accomplishments Doctoral 
                        
                        Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

Public Service Leadership and Social and Behavioral Sciences Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across select Public Service Leadership and Social and Behavioral Sciences masters programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella Doctoral 
                        
                        Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

Improvement in Skills and Abilities 
                        
                        Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.


Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2014 and June 2015. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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