Capella University

DSW - General Social Work

Prepare yourself to lead social service programs, advocate for social justice and public policy changes, and share your advanced knowledge with future social workers. This professional doctorate, designed around national social work education guidelines, is one of very few online DSW degree programs. The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, action research, and the incorporation of theoretical knowledge with practical experience. There is also a strong focus on the growing use of technology to expand the reach or effectiveness of social service programs, build awareness of important social issues, and enhance professional development. This DSW is designed to be completed in three years, with all courses taken in sequence, allowing you to learn and build professional relationships with the same cohort of students. People who choose this specialization are often pursuing leadership, faculty, or research positions in government, higher education, and social service organizations.

Residency Requirements: Two six-day residential colloquia

Review of this specialization is pending in AL, AZ, FL, KS, KY, ND, SC, WA, and WI.


Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456.

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