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Social and Community Services Graduate Certificate

School of Counseling and Human Services

Specialize in Community Resources

Increase your understanding of community resource use and advocacy. Capella’s online Graduate Certificate in Social and Community Services will help you build up your knowledge in the fundamentals of social and community services. Certificates are a great way to update your existing knowledge, gain new insights, and study at the graduate level. Coursework completed in a certificate program may be applied toward a graduate program at Capella. 

What to Expect

  • Online
  • 4 Core Courses

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admission Requirements »   | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Dig Deeper

Gain greater knowledge in the fundamentals of social and community services. 

Explore Historical Context

Study an advanced historical survey of social services, public policies, social welfare, and social work in the U.S.

Apply Philosophy to Social Issues

Apply the framework of social work philosophy to examine and improve community, family and system-related issues.

Discover Community Resources

Explore the influence of larger social systems on human behavior and ways to enlist and organize community resources.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Relevant & Applicable

Our competency-based learning model allows you to immediately apply valuable skills to the work you do every day.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty who are actively engaged in the human services profession.

Convenient, Flexible Learning

Access your learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$8,624 estimated tuition*
$539 per credit, 16 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Employer Reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees, even if there’s no formal program. Check with your manager or HR dept.

Sample Courses

The online social and community services graduate certificate helps you dive deep into social work philosophy and the use of community resources. Credits completed in a certificate program may be applied toward a graduate program at Capella.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
HS5401 History of Social Welfare
HS5423 Philosophy of Social Work
HS5436 Utilization of Community Resources
HS8476 The Family in Social Context

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

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