Capella University

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About Capella University

An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers both foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so that what you’re learning in your courses is immediately applicable to your career goals.
Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org. Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

“Capella was an awesome experience,” says James Baker, who earned a PhD in Education. “I never worried about the credibility of my degree because I realized I was getting a world-class education that would rival anyone’s.”  In fact, Capella is the winner of numerous awards and recognitions, including the CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes and the WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award.

Respected programs that move you forward
Organizations around the world have acknowledged Capella's commitment to quality education with accreditations, state approvals, certifications, awards, and recognitions and designations. Right now, more than 34,000 students—from all 50 states and more than 61 countries around the world—are expanding their opportunities with Capella programs. Explore options in key professions:

  • Business and technology
  • Health care and nursing
  • Education
  • Counseling and psychology
  • Public service

Multiple ways to save

  • Employer discounts
  • Military discounts
  • Transfer credit
  • Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Streamlined programs
  • E-books
  • Credit for real-world learning

Online flexibility and personalized support
At Capella, online learning means you can take your courseroom anywhere, at the times and places that fit your life. And if you need backup, there are support services available every step of the way.

Reach your Point C
You’ve taken your career from Point A to Point B. Now you’re ready for what’s next—your Point C.

FlexPath: A New way to earn your degree

Earn a degree that delivers the skills and knowledge for long-term career success - in a more efficient, flexible way.

  • Work at your own pace, moving quickly through subjects you’re already familiar with or more slowly as needed
  • Complete assessments that measure your demonstration of real-world skills
  • Complete as many courses as you can while paying one flat tuition rate per quarter

You’ll earn the same respected degree, but through a personalized, self-paced learning approach that can help accelerate your professional success. Capella University is one of the first to offer this innovative new way to earn your bachelor’s or master's degree.

Save money as you reach your goals*

Start now and save up to $10,000 on select degrees. Complete the form to learn more.

Areas of Study

Business

Advance your career in business management.

Capella's degree programs are designed around external, professional standards to ensure that you gain the skills and knowledge you need to reach the top of your field.  We continually review and adapt our programs to deliver the competencies you can use immediately—taking practical solutions directly from your courses into the workplace. Move forward with BS, MS, MBA, DBA, PhD, and certificate options:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration (Also available: FlexPath option)
  • Business Intelligence (Also available: FlexPath option)
  • Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship (Also available: FlexPath option)
  • Finance
  • Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Health Care Management (Also available: FlexPath option)
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Leadership
  • Management and Leadership
  • Management Education
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Strategy and Innovation
  • GPHR® Preparation Course
  • PHR®/SPHR® Preparation Course

FlexPath: A new way to earn your degree
Available in select business programs, Capella University’s FlexPath option lets you earn a degree that delivers the skills and knowledge for long-term career success—in a more efficient, flexible way.  

  • Work at your own pace, moving quickly through subjects you’re already familiar with or more slowly as needed
  • Complete assessments that measure your demonstration of real-world skills
  • Complete as many courses as you can while paying one flat tuition rate per quarter

Learn with confidence

  • The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that Capella University's BS in Business specialization in HR Management fully aligns with SHRM's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.
  • The following specializations have been accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (PMI-GAC): BS in Information Technology, Project Management; BS in Business, Project Management; MBA – Project Management
  • Capella University is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Earn credit for your knowledge
To recognize what you’ve already accomplished, Capella offers opportunities to earn credit with your previous knowledge and IT certifications—including PMP®, PHRP®, and more—to save you time and money on your degree.

Criminal Justice

Advance your career in criminal justice
Gain the skills and knowledge you need to perform at the top of your field—with Capella University’s broad degree offerings, accomplished faculty, and advanced learning technology.

Designed for success
Capella’s degree programs are built around industry standards and focus on real-world application, so you’ll gain skills and knowledge you can immediately apply to your career. Plus, our criminal programs are designed with a multidisciplinary approach to offer a depth of knowledge in your professional area and in the public service sector as a whole. Check out bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs including:

Reach your Point C
You’ve taken your career from Point A to Point B. Now you’re ready for what’s next—your Point C. Make it happen with respected degree programs at Capella University. Contact an enrollment counselor to get started.

Counseling

Advance your career—and support others—with options in counseling

Whether you’re interested in treating people directly, conducting research, or focusing on advocacy or programs that help others, Capella University offers a pathway to take you further. Options include:

  • Addiction Counseling
  • Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Play Therapy Certificate
  • School Counseling
  • Studies in Human Behavior

Respected counseling programs
The MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program at Capella University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; 703.838.9808, coa@aamft.org.

Capella University’s Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy programs are accredited by the American Counseling Association’s Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) from July 18, 2009 through March 31, 2020.

Exceptional faculty
Nearly all of Capella's counseling and Psychology faculty have doctoral degrees and many work as licensed practitioners, school counselors, marriage and family therapists,or professional counselors.

Reach your Point C
You’ve taken your career from Point A to Point B. Now you’re ready for what’s next—your Point C. Make it happen with respected degree programs at Capella University. Contact an enrollment counselor to get started.

Education

Master’s and doctoral programs for educators.

Capella University offers multiple ways for educators—at both the P-12 and college levels—to enhance their expertise and go further in their profession .

Specializations for P-12 professionals include:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • English Language Learning and Teaching
  • K-12 Studies in Education
  • Instructional Design for Online Learning
  • Leadership in Educational Administration
  • Reading and Literacy
  • School Counseling
  • Special Education Leadership
  • Special Education Teaching
  • School Psychology
  • Training and Performance Improvement

Capella’s higher education specializations include:

  • Adult Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership and Management
  • Higher Education Leadership and Administration
  • Instructional Design for Online Learning
  • Integrative Studies
  • Leadership for Higher Education
  • Nursing Education
  • Postesecondary and Adult Education
  • Professional Studies in Education
  • Training and Performance Improvement

Reach your Point C
You’ve taken your career from Point A to Point B. Now you’re ready for what’s next—your Point C. Make it happen with respected degree programs at Capella University. Contact an enrollment counselor to get started.

Health Care

Go further in health care.

From the behind-the-scenes administrators to the shapers of health policy to the stewards of health information, there are many crucial players in health care. At Capella University, you’ll find respected programs that deliver the skills and knowledge you need to go further—whatever your goals.  

Health Administration

  • Health Administration
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Care Operations
  • Heath Care Leadership
  • Health Policy and Advocacy

Health Care (Business and Information Technology)

  • Health Care Management
  • Health Information TechnologyPublic Health

Public Health

  • Health Management and Policy
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Advocacy and Leadership

Aligned with NCHL competencies
Capella is the only online university whose MHA program aligns with the National Center for
Healthcare Leadership’s (NCHL) Health Leadership Competency Model.

Higher Education

Capella University offers a wide range of graduate degree specializations for education professionals, including an EdD specialization in Educational Leadership & Management that aligns with the competencies for community college leaders developed by the American Association of Community Colleges.

Human Resources

Find your path to HR leadership.
Expand your capabilities as an HR leader and strategic partner in your organization with an advanced degree from Capella University. Learn with a highly relevant curriculum and faculty who are practicing HR professionals.

HR degrees at Capella
With HR programs ranging from bachelor’s to doctoral, Capella University has a pathway to move you forward.

  • BS in Business with a specialization in Human Resource Management
  • MS in Human Resource Management
  • MBA with a specialization in Human Resource Management
  • PhD in Business Management with a specialization in Human Resource Management
  • DBA with a specialization in Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Management Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
  • PHR/SPHR/GPHR prep course

Recognized for quality
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®) has acknowledged that Capella University’s BS in Business specialization in HR Management, MBA specialization in HR Management, and MS in Human Resource Management fully align with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

Information Technology

Advance your IT Career—to your Point C

As an IT professional, you’ve worked hard to get from Point A to Point B. But now, you’re ready to go further in your career. Designed for both immediate on-the-job impact and long-term success, Capella’s competency-based IT programs can help you get to your Point C.

Information Technology

  • Information Systems and Technology Management (Also available: FlexPath option)
  • Information Technology (Also available: FlexPath option)
  • Health Information Technology
  • Information Assurance and Security
  • Information Technology Education
  • Information Technology Management
  • Management (MBA)
  • Network Management
  • Project Management
  • Minor options (bachelor’s programs):
    • Network Technology: Cisco
    • Network Technology: Microsoft
    • System Development: Mobile
    • System Development: Web Application
    • Data Analytics
    • Data Management

FlexPath: A new way to earn your degree
Available in select business programs, Capella University’s FlexPath option lets you earn a degree that delivers the skills and knowledge for long-term career success—in a more efficient, flexible way.  

  • Work at your own pace, moving quickly through subjects you’re already familiar with or more slowly as needed
  • Complete assessments that measure your demonstration of real-world skills
  • Complete as many courses as you can while paying one flat tuition rate per quarter

Learn with confidence

  • Capella’s BS-IT program is accredited by ABET, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.
  • The Project Management (PMI®) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (GAC) accredited Capella’s BS-IT, BS-Business, MS-ISTM, and MBA Project Management specializations, as well as our Combined BS/MS in IT option.
  • Capella is a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the academic years 2012–2017.

Earn credit for your IT knowledge
To recognize what you’ve already accomplished, Capella offers opportunities to earn credit with your previous knowledge and IT certifications—including CISSP®, PMP®, CISM®, and more—to save you time and money on your degree.

K-12 Education

Capella University offers MS, EdS, EdD, and PhD programs for K-12 professionals, along with certificate programs. Capella offers several state-approved specializations, which may increase your advancement potential—and your ability to influence student achievement. These online graduate degree programs offer relevant curricula that can immediately be applied to your classroom and school.

Nursing

Go further in Nursing.

From the front-line care to the behind-the-scenes administration, nurses play a crucial role in health care. At Capella University, you’ll find respected nursing programs that deliver the skills and knowledge you need to go further—whatever your goals.

Nursing

  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-BSN/MSN (Combined option)
  • MSN: Diabetes Nursing
  • MSN: General Nursing
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nursing Leadership and Administration
  • MBA: Accelerated option (for nurses who hold an MSN)
  • RN-to-BSN/MSN (Combined option)
  • RN-to-MSN Diabetes Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN General Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Nurse Educator
  • RN-to-MSN Nursing Leadership and Administration
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • BSN-to-DNP
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice Preparatory Program

Respected nursing programs
The BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791, http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

Reach your Point C
You’ve taken your career from Point A to Point B. Now you’re ready for what’s next—your Point C. Make it happen with respected degree programs and exclusive benefits. Speak with a Capella University enrollment counselor to get started.

Project Management

Take your project management career to the next level—with Capella.

Organizations need project management professionals who’ve not only mastered the technical side of their role, but also understand the business needs of the enterprise. With the right balance of project management know-how and business insight, Capella’s programs are designed to meet this demand.

Explore bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral specializations—in both business and information technology project management.

Learn with confidence

  • The Project Management Institute (PMI®) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (GAC) accredited Capella’s BS-IT, BS-Business, MS-ISTM, and MBA Project Management specializations, as well as our Combined BS/MS in IT option.
  • Capella is a Registered Education Provider of the Project Management Institute, offering more than 25 courses approved by PMI for its professional development units (PDUs)

Reach your Point C
You’ve taken your career from Point A to Point B. Now you’re ready for what’s next—your Point C. Make it happen with respected degree programs and exclusive benefits. Speak with a Capella University enrollment counselor to get started.

Public Administration

Step up and lead—earn a degree in public administration.

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to perform at the top of your field—with Capella University’s broad degree offerings, accomplished faculty, and advanced learning technology.

Designed for success
Capella’s degree programs are built around industry standards and focus on real-world application, so you’ll gain skills and knowledge you can immediately apply to your career. Plus, our public service leadership programs are designed with a multidisciplinary approach to offer a depth of knowledge in your professional area and in the public service sector as a whole.

Public Administratiotn degree options:

  • Gerontology
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Management and Policy
  • Master of Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Multidisciplinary Human Services
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Social and Community Services

Reach your Point C
You’ve taken your career from Point A to Point B. Now you’re ready for what’s next—your Point C. Make it happen with respected degree programs at Capella University. Contact an enrollment counselor to get started.

Public Safety

Strengthen your leadership skills with a specialization in Public Safety.

Capella University addresses the growing need for leaders and professionals in public safety by offering BS, MS, and PhD programs. Capella is one of only a few schools to have an educational alliance with the FBI, and has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Capella's Public Safety degree programs are recognized by Quality Matters™, a faculty-centered peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components.

The broad portfolio of specializations includes:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Public Safety Leadership

Psychology

Advance your career—and support others—with options in psychology
Whether you’re interested in treating people directly, conducting research, or focusing on advocacy or programs that help others, Capella University offers a pathway to take you further. Options include: 

Master's degree options:

  • Addiction Psychology
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Evaluation, Research, and Measurement
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Leadership Coaching Psychology
  • Psychology, General
  • PsyD Clinical Psychology
  • PsyD in School Psychology
  • School Psychology

Recognized for School Psychology
The Professional Education Unit (PEU) at Capella University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers advanced educator preparation programs at Capella University. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

  • Master of Science in School Psychology
  • Specialist Certificate in School Psychology

Recognized for Applied Behavior Analysis
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®: Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, Techniques in Applied Behavior Analysis, Applied Behavior Analysis Research and Application, Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment of Autism, Ethics for Applied Behavior Analysis, Issues in Assessment, Intervention Support, and Related Systems. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

  • Master of Science Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Social Work

Prepare yourself for leadership in the growing field of social work.

Lead your profession, educate the next generation of social workers, and meet emerging social work issues head on. Effect real change in social work with a DSW program designed to help you develop an expert grasp of social work practice and policy.

  • Enjoy the flexibility of one of the very few online DSW degrees in the U.S.
  • Build the knowledge your profession needs in a program designed around national social work education guidelines.
  • Understand how emerging technologies can advance social work practice and improve the lives of those in need.

Apply what you learn
This professional doctorate contains an action-research dissertation to provide you with a hands-on dissertation experience.  This enables you to put your learning into immediate real world application during your DSW program.

Reach your Point C
You’ve taken your career from Point A to Point B. Now you’re ready for what’s next—your Point C. Make it happen with respected degree programs at Capella University. Contact an enrollment counselor to get started.

Technology

Advance your IT career by earning a degree online.

Capella University’s Information Technology programs combine advanced IT knowledge with a strong business focus—a powerful combination for IT leaders. These programs are designed to be relevant to leading industry and government agency standards.

Capella offers BS and MS programs in Information Technology with specializations in Project Management with PMI® GAC accreditation, as well as specializations in Information Security at the BS, MS, MBA, DBA, and PhD levels. Capella is also designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Security by the National Security Administration (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security.

Military benefits at Capella University

Capella University offers special benefits for military service members, veterans, and spouses:

  • Tuition discounts
  • Credit for military training
  • Dedicated military support services team
  • Flexible military leave policy
  • $10,000 grant for select doctoral programs

Learn more about our online doctoral, master’s, MBA, undergraduate, and certificate programs—and get answers to your questions about Capella and online learning—by speaking to an enrollment counselor

*Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure and salary benefits. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states. Where applicable, teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether a program may qualify for salary advancement.

**RN license verification required. This program is not designed to prepare graduates for entry-level or advanced practice licensure as a nurse. The BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202)887-6791. http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

*Capella offers grants to new students who enroll by the deadline specified and meet eligibility criteria. Grants are subject to change without notice. Contact Capella University for more information.

Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements
Your program of enrollment determines the admission requirements. For more information, refer to your program details, email, or call your enrollment counselor.

Basic requirements for all programs:

  • Admission application and non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Acknowledgement agreement
  • All applicants must understand, read, speak, and write fluently in English
  • Official transcript(s) from previous institutions for degree and post-degree coursework, if applicable
  • Minimum GPA as defined by your program

Minimum level of education required:

  • Doctoral students must have a master's degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution
  • Master's students must have a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution
  • Bachelor's students must have a high school diploma or equivalent and be least 24 years old (may be waived for military applicants, veterans, and those with at least 24 quarter credits of prior college/university coursework)
  • Non-degree students must meet the minimum education requirements determined by the degree level of the course registration

Student Reviews

I love the administration; my academic advisor is beyond awesome; and the professors will indeed work with you. I am so happy at Capella University.
-Jayna