Capella University

Capella University

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Advance your career. Take the first step with a Capella degree.

Gain the career-relevant skills and knowledge you need for today and tomorrow.

You’ll begin to understand how Capella is different as soon as you speak with an enrollment counselor. “They really talked with me and found options that matched my goals and situation,” says Paolo Briones, who earned his master’s degree at Capella.

As a Capella student, you'll experience unparalleled support, join a community of accomplished professionals, and be challenged with rigorous academics. Our faculty members are experts in their fields, and many of our classes and programs are designed to meet standards established by professional associations, so you can gain the skills and knowledge sought by employers.  In addition, Capella has alliances with more than 100 corporations, 200 U.S. community colleges, and every branch of the U.S. armed forces.

“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.

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 with an enrollment counselor.

Capella is an accredited, online university with degrees in the fields of business, health care, higher education, human resources, information technology, mental health, K-12 education, public safety, public administration, social work, and public service leadership. More than 36,000 students in all 50 states and 61 other countries are enrolled in Capella’s professionally aligned degree programs.

A New Approach To Learning

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

Capella University is one of the first to offer this innovative new way to earn your Bachelor’s degree or MBA in Business Administration by putting you in charge of your own learning. With FlexPath, you complete your required courses at your own pace, while paying one flat tuition rate each quarter. Motivated students who move quickly through their courses can complete several courses per quarter, saving substantial time and money. You’ll earn the same degree as our traditional program, only through a personalized, self-paced learning approach that can help accelerate your professional success, without sacrificing quality.

Save money as you reach your goals*

Start your program now and save thousands—$6,000 for most bachelor’s degrees, $4,000 for master's programs in information systems and technology management, and $3,000 for select master’s and MBA programs.  Complete the form to learn more.

Areas of Study


Gain the expertise to manage and lead in today’s global environment. Capella University’s business and management specializations enable students to take practical solutions directly from their courses into the workplace. BS, MS, MBA, DBA, and PhD degrees are offered.

Criminal Justice

Capella University's criminal justice specializations can give you the skills you need to succeed in your public safety career, whether you're just starting out or you're an experienced professional. Capella is one of very few online universities to offer BS, MS, and PhD specializations in Criminal Justice.


Further your counseling career with an advanced degree*

Capella University currently offers 3 CACREP-accredited master's programs: Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, and School Counseling. CACREP accreditation is your assurance that these Capella programs have been evaluated and meet the rigorous standards set by the mental health counseling profession.   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 of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. COAMFTE accreditation is your assurance that this Capella program has been evaluated and meets the rigorous standards set by the marriage and family therapy profession.

Capella also has a variety of additional counseling and behavioral sciences program offerings:

  • Addiction Counseling
  • Counselor Education & Supervision
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Studies in Human Behavior
  • Social and Community Services


Master’s and doctoral programs for working educators.

Capella University offers a variety of specializations designed to enhance your expertise and career potential in P-12 or higher education.*

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

Health Care

Get the skills to be a leader in health care.

Capella University’s full portfolio of health care specializations are designed to give you the skills required to meet change head on. Your studies can help you have a greater impact in your work, applying emerging practices, trends, and knowledge in your profession. You will study with expert faculty—professionals with deep, contemporary, real-world experience as well as exceptional academic credentials.

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

Further your career in human resources with a degree online.

Capella University’s degree specialization gives students the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the complex, challenging field of human resource management, performance improvement, and training.

Capella offers BS, MS, MBA, DBA, and PhD specializations in:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Training and Performance Improvement

Information 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.

Additional specializations include:

  • General Information Technology
  • Health Information Technology
  • Information Assurance and Security
  • Information Systems and Technology Management
  • Information Technology Education
  • Information Technology Management
  • Network Management
  • Network Technology
  • System Development

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.


Earn a nursing degree online to move your career forward.

Capella University’s nursing degree programs are designed to prepare experienced nurses to meet the growing need for leadership, education, and research in the nursing profession.  For example, our BSN  program is designed to  provide licensed registered nurses with the additional knowledge, skills and decision-making proficiencies needed in today's more complex health care environment. This online RN-to-BSN program incorporates the standards established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and is accredited by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Capella also offers 4 specializations for an MSN or RN-to-MSN:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Diabetes Nursing
  • General Nursing
  • Nursing Leadership and Administration

Project Management

Capella is a recognized leader in project management education. Choose a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree specialization in Project Management with either a business or an IT emphasis. The Project Management Institute (PMI®) Global Accreditation Center (GAC) has accredited Capella's BS-IT, MS-IT, and MBA Project Management specializations.

As a Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider, Capella has been approved by PMI to issue Professional Development Units (PDUs) for more than 25 of its project management courses. This means you can pursue a degree program and receive PDU credits at the same time, or use the approved courses to meet eligibility requirements to take the Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam.

Public Administration

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

Capella University’s School of Public Service Leadership and School of Undergraduate Studies offer degree programs that can help you begin or advance your career in public administration and serve the public effectively.

Students will learn from faculty experts who have academic and professional experience in the public administration field. They bring insights from their backgrounds in regional, national, and international organizations, including the FBI, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Armed Forces, and the World Health Organization.

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.


Capella University's Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Department of Psychology programs provide advanced education in the science and profession of psychology and prepare learners for employment at the master’s and doctoral levels. Over the last 20 years, graduates of our competency-based programs have combined attaining their personal goals with contributing to their communities and success in their chosen professions and occupations.  

Learners interested in a career leading to professional practice in psychology may choose to complete course work in applied behavior analysis, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, and play therapy. Capella offers both specializations and certificate programs in these areas.*

Social Work

Capella University now offers a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program, one of very few online DSW degree programs. This professional doctorate is designed around national social work education guidelines, and 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 and effectiveness of social service programs, build awareness of important social issues, and enhance professional development. Capella's DSW program is designed to be completed in 3 years, with all courses taken in sequence, allowing you to learn and build professional relationships with the same cohort of students.


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 is dedicated to assisting members of the armed forces, their families and veterans. Benefits include tuition discounts, credit for military training, a dedicated military support services team, a flexible military leave policy, affiliations with key military organizations, and credit for DAU courses.

Leading organizations value and respect our programs. Capella University has formal alliances with more than 100 corporations, the Armed Forces, and nearly twenty-five percent of all American community colleges. Contact a Capella University enrollment counselor to determine if your organization has an alliance and what benefits you are eligible to receive. Start today.


*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.

*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.

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.