Social Work

Master of Social Work - Online

Become a Competent Leader in the Social Work Field

Why Earn a Master of Social Work through Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School?

Competent Leadership

At Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School, we recognize the need for competently trained social workers to serve in the Church and society, focusing on the needs of the vulnerable, marginalized and oppressed. Whether through direct practice or in administration, social workers serve a vital role in the global community. If you are passionate about this field, the fully online MSW program at LBC | Capital may be for you!

LBC | Capital’s MSW program exists to equip graduate social work students through advanced practice within the purpose and values of the social work profession and the context of a biblical worldview. Through experiential learning in the field and cohort learning, you will enrich the social work field.

Two specializations are offered within the MSW program:

  • Clinical Social Work will prepare students to be practitioners and leaders in a wide range of settings in support of promoting the mental health of individuals and families.
  • Advanced Child Welfare Practice will prepare students to be leaders in the field of child welfare.

What Makes Our Program Different?

The MSW program can be completed fully online with personalized residencies and synchronous and asynchronous components that offer students a flexible and learning-focused education.

  • The choice of in-person or online concentrated residences with synchronous instructions take place on evenings and weekends.
  • Advanced Standing (BSW undergraduate eligibility) and Regular Standing (non-BSW undergraduate eligibility) options are available within a cohort.
  • Multiple timeline options allow flexibility to complete the MSW degree around the student’s schedule: finish in one year (Advanced Standing, full-time), two years (Advanced Standing, part-time OR Regular Standing, full-time) or three years (Regular Standing, part-time).
  • Maintain your busy work and family schedules with convenient evening, weekend and online classes.
  • Learn under the instruction of experienced practitioners.
  • Prepare for the licensing exam for social workers.
Your Journey

Program Credits: 61

Locations: Online,


Master of Social Work (MSW)
This Program is currently in Pre-Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Credit Hours: 61 Regular
(Advanced Standing 34)

Average Completion Time: Part-time (2-3 years),
Full-time (1-2 years)

Residency: Online or face-to-face on campus in Lancaster, Pa.; synchronous on several weekends during the semester

Program Cost: See current cost.

Application Deadlines: Fall Semester – August 1, Spring Semester – December 1

Click to view requirements to enter USA as a student.

“We love because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

In This Program, Students Will…

  • Be prepared for advanced social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of progressive policy and practice, emphasizing advocacy and the advancement of human rights.
  • Be prepared for leadership in culturally relevant and competent practice with diverse populations, valuing human relationships in every context.
  • Formulate an understanding of assessment, intervention and evaluation strategies.
  • Engage in lifelong learning and professional development through research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  • Interpret social work knowledge, values and skills through a biblical worldview.

MSW Student Handbook
MSW Field Education Manual


Master of Social Work (61 Credits)
Biblical/Theological Studies*:4 Credits
Foundation SWK Curriculum:21 Credits
Field Internship:6 Credits
Advanced SWK Curriculum:18 Credits
Specialization Electives:6 Credits
Advanced Field Internship:6 Credits

*Review of learner transcript can override these requirements

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and complete program details.

View Curriculum Sheets: 
Clinical – Regular | Advanced
Child Welfare – Regular | Advanced

What Makes Our MSW Program Different?

Introduction to MSW degree

Our Master of Social Work program is centered around leadership for social work practitioners. Program Director Dr. Kurt Miller explains what this looks like.

Meet the Faculty

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Kurt Miller, D.S.W.

Assistant Professor, Masters of Social Work Program Director

“Each and every person has strengths, resources, and wonderful capacities which guide their narrative, despite the many adversities that exist in life. Helping students become comfortable with owning and sharing their story allows Christ to use them in a redemptive manner, joining with the stories of their clients.” — Dr. Miller

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Ling Dinse, D.S.W.

Assistant Professor

“Practice acts of kindness daily.” — Dr. Dinse

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Lisa Witmer

Associate Professor & Field Director of Master of Social Work Program

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Looking for Ways to Finance Your Master’s Degree?

The LBC | Capital Financial Aid Office can help you navigate through the process.

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The MSW Program is currently in Pre-Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.