Capella University Reviews - Social Work

3.2 out of 5 stars
(14 Reviews)
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  • Annual Tuition: $14,579
58% of 14 students said this degree improved their career prospects
57% of 14 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Current Student - 4/23/2020
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2020
""I rarely write reviews, but I feel a duty to warn anyone who plans to go to this University. I am surprised that anyone would give this University high scores. The cost of tuition is high; you have little to no interactions with instructors. They rarely give you any feedback on assignments. If you plan to work on your doctorate, you go through 2 years of course work, then are expected to take exams. These exams are graded by instructors and are subjective their grading criteria. Good Luck with that! Then you move to the dissertation or capstone phase, where you are left alone with a template, and a mentor who has no idea how to help you. Semesters are only ten weeks which is good for course work THAT'S IT. It takes two weeks to get any feedback from your mentor. Most of the time, mentors only focus on grammar and punctuation and not content. If you're lucky enough to get it passed to the committee (which are three additional mentor level instructors), they will rip your paper apart for content; this also takes two weeks. So it if you are lucky, you may get two edits in for the quarter. All of them must agree on the content before it goes anywhere else. You can send several quarters trying to gather their approval. If you ever get their approval, then the school (another mentor level instructor) will tear your paper apart for content they also have two weeks to do this. None of these mentor/instructors can agree on anything, and you as the student are left paying $5000 a quarter. Most of your time is spent revising and waiting two weeks at a time for them to review your document. Please keep in mind that a quarter is only ten weeks. So you could easily spend four to six weeks just waiting for feedback out of those 9 because they do not accept papers in the final week. The rest of the time you are revising. Going to this University was the most horrible experience of my life. I would not suggest anyone do this at Capella. Please go to a local university, in State to get your doctorate, not only will you save money, but you will have so much more support. Please also read other comments on this blog, I have experienced a lot of the same things. The only reason why I didn't quit is the money and time away from my family and friends working through this program. I'm not finished and almost $80,000 in for this doctorate. I am a social worker, how exactly am I suppose to pay that back. Capella is a scam. Don't do it to yourself!""
1.0 out of 5 stars
Jazz - 1/20/2020
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2024
"I do not recommend this school at ALL! Not support from advisors or professors. Adobe connect is the worst, it never works. I do not recommend this school to anyone. To top it off it is very expensive. I enrolled here since they offer tuition assistance for spouses and I was looking into an online program so when we PCS school can come with me. But I do not recommend capella at all."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lisa Clarke Hill - 5/15/2019
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2021
"Hi all, Age: 43 (Wife, mother, grandmother, High School Social Worker and City Councilwoman) I am a current (all online) DSW (Doctor of Social Work) student at Capella University. This was my first online experience and it has been phenomenal!! Supportive faculty, awesome writing coaches, academic advisors, librarians and tech support. The DSW degree includes the leadership and clinical component (micro, mezzo, macro and meta (global) Social Work). Stay focused, manage your time accordingly, and remember this is your financial investment...and you must discipline yourself for success. You can do it!!"
1.1 out of 5 stars
Elaine - 3/15/2019
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2019
"When you get to dissertation there are costly Capella delays and excuses with no recourse. It costs students money and time. Advisors are not supportive. Teachers are knowledgeable but cannot push your work through so students end up spending more money."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Porche - 9/21/2018
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2019
"So far, the experience as a Master of Social Work (MSW) student at Capella University has been above and beyond excellent. The instructors are competent, cooperative, receptive, and also tremendously passionate about the social work field. During residency, we are given an opportunity to interact with fellow students and the faculty in person to gather important information that may help us succeed throughout the program; there most activities include but are not limited to lectures, small- and/or large-group exercises, role-plays, etc."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Toni Vadala - 3/9/2018
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2021
"I have been in the MSW program since July 2016. I am taking one class at a time because I have a full time job and a family that keeps me busy. If I chose to take a 2nd class, it would limit my time with my family and I'm not willing to make that happen. I love spending time with my family and would like them to understand that school is important, but so is family. We all continue to make sacrifices, but it is with the understanding that mom is going to get a better job and be able to help more people. Capella provides me with opportunities to learn and grow within my profession, which is exactly what I need. I continue to find that each class gives me invaluable insight into my current job in case management. I am able to talk with my clients on a deeper level and gain insight into what they are dealing with and how I can help them. I highly recommend this program to others seeking an MSW as it provides not only online education, but real world value. Another great aspect is the residencies. I've completed one and the experience was amazing. I learned so much in that one week, it was intense, but so worth it! Good luck to you in your endeavors and I hope that you choose Capella!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ivanna - 11/14/2017
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018
"It is great program. I would highly recommend it. I have LCSW license and I am excited about receiving my DSW degree. I look forward to exploring new career options. I am a transfer student from another PhD program. Capella university counselors were very helpful."
2.1 out of 5 stars
Current Student - 8/29/2017
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017
"I rarely write reviews, but I feel a duty to warn anyone who plans to go to this University. I am surprised that anyone would give this University high scores. The cost of tuition is high; you have little to no interactions with instructors. They rarely give you any feedback on assignments. If you plan to work on your doctorate, you go through 2 years of course work, then are expected to take exams. These exams are graded by instructors and are subjective their grading criteria. Good Luck with that! Then you move to the dissertation phase, where you are left alone with a dissertation template, and a mentor who has no idea how to help you. Semesters are only ten weeks, and it takes two weeks to get any feedback from your mentor. Most of the time, mentors only focus on grammar and punctuation and not content. If you're lucky enough to get it passed to the committee (which are three additional mentor level instructors), they will rip your paper apart for content; this also takes two weeks. All of them must agree on the content before it goes anywhere else. You can send several semesters trying to gather their approval. If you ever get their approval, then the school (another mentor level instructor) will tear your paper apart for content they also have two weeks to do this. None of these mentor/instructors can agree on anything, and you as the student are left paying $5000 a semester. Most of your time is spent revising and waiting two weeks at a time for them to review your document. Please keep in mind that a semester is only ten weeks. So you could easily spend four weeks just waiting for feedback out of those 10. The rest of the time you are revising. Going to this University was the most horrible experience of my life. I would not suggest anyone do this at Capella. Please go to a local university, in State to get your doctorate, not only will you save money, but you will have so much more support. Please also read other comments on this blog, I have experienced a lot of the same things. The only reason why I didn't quit is the money and time away from my family and friends working through this program. I did finish but not before spending almost $100,000 in getting this doctorate. I am a social worker, how exactly am I suppose to pay that back. Capella is a scam. Don't do it to yourself!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tbaskin - 6/7/2017
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017
"This is an awesome academic program. The program is very user friendly. I am excited to have taken my dissertation journey here at Capella University. My mentor Dr. Hamilton has been an asset, supportive, resourceful and accessible to me when needed."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Crystal Biggs - 5/30/2017
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018
"Capella has provided me with nothing but an amazing experience. You receive extra support from your academic advisors and enrollment counselor. They will not allow you to put yourself in a situation where you are doing so much work that you begin to stress yourself out. The professors respond to you in a timely manner and make sure you understand your assignments before you move forward with them. This has been one of the best educational experiences I've ever encountered."
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