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82% of Capella alumni said they had advanced in their profession within 5 years of graduating (Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2013).

82% of Capella alumni said they had advanced in their profession within 5 years of graduating
(Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2013).

Why Choose Capella?

Our competency-based curriculum is specifically designed for experienced professionals who want the most efficient way to gain the necessary skills and knowledge that will help advance their career.

Take Your Career to the Next Level

Our doctoral, master's, bachelor's and certificate programs combine the practical experiences required for your profession, and the flexibility to get you most directly to goals. The programs are streamlined for efficiency, deliver real world application, and deepen your knowledge of the field.

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Business Degrees

Build the critical business skills you need to advance your career and excel in high-performing organizations. Our diverse range of programs allows you to specialize in a variety of areas. You receive practical learning integrated with today's most sought-after knowledge areas: globalization, ethical leadership, business communication, critical thinking, collaboration and technology.

In addition, FlexPath, our new self-paced curriculum provides an accessible, flexible, and efficient way to earn your degree. Completing multiple courses at your own pace while paying one, flat tuition rate per quarter can save you money and help you finish your degree sooner.

See Our Flexible, Innovative Learning in Action

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 / MS in Human Resource Management fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has accredited Capella University business programs and select specializations. The full accreditation statement and the list of accredited programs and specializations is available here. Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs.


The following program specializations are 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
  • MS in Information Systems and Technology Management – Project Management
  • MBA – Project Management


Counseling Degrees

Our accredited programs offer a rigorous curriculum of online coursework, residencies, and field experiences. You receive real world education that prepares you for licensure and allows you to promote optimal mental health. During your program, you will work with leading thinkers and learn how to apply that knowledge to help others.

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, 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; 703.838.9808.

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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.

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Health Care Degrees

As a health care professional, you are already dedicated to making a difference in people's lives. Our profession-aligned programs can help you make even more of an impact as you deepen your perspective and gain the skills to become an expert in the complex world of health care. Our online degree will prepare you for career opportunities as demand in this field continues to grow.

Higher Education Degrees

Position yourself to excel at the postsecondary level and be an adaptable leader with an online degree in higher education. You can focus your studies on building skills that align with your career goals by creating a professional development plan in your first course.

Using both theory and practical application, you will strengthen your understanding of:

  • history
  • politics and public policy
  • law and governance
  • finance and development
  • program administration

Information Technology Degrees

With the expanded use of information technology in all facets of global organizations, skilled professionals who possess information technology expertise are in high demand. Our online IT programs help you develop skills to enhance business competitiveness by leveraging information technology, assessing the impact of technology advances on business, and interacting effectively with coworkers as a strategic business partner.

Capella's BS in IT degree program is accredited by ABET, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET accreditation is an important indicator of Capella's dedication to educational quality and the goal of preparing our graduates for entry or advancement in the IT profession.

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Capella University has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity (CAE IA/CD) for academic years 2014-2021.

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The following program specializations are 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
  • MS in Information Systems and Technology Management – Project Management
  • MBA – Project Management

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Nursing Degrees

Build advanced capabilities, expand your career options, and meet the growing demand for highly skilled nursing professionals with an online nursing degree. Our nursing degrees allow you the flexibility to be a generalist or a specialist in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to grow your knowledge of health care systems and policies, patient education, health promotion, and technology integration. Explore current theory, new research, and evidence-based nursing practices in a program that allows you to grow personally and professionally.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits the BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs. Accreditation by CCNE serves as a statement of good educational practice in the field of nursing. CCNE is a nationally recognized accrediting agency approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education

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P-12 Education Degrees

Our online P-12 education degrees merge research-based knowledge with practical skill application to create adaptable education leaders. You can focus on the skills and attitudes of exceptional teachers in our online P-12 education programs, designed around nationally recognized teaching standards. These programs also are part of our Professional Education Unit, which has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Complement such core courses as leadership, curriculum, assessment and learning theory with electives chosen to meet your educational, professional, or school-site needs. Throughout the program, you will build a professional portfolio to demonstrate your capabilities to employers.

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.


Psychology Degrees

Enrich your understanding of general psychological principles, theories, and research methodologies, then use electives to delve more deeply into specific topics of interest. With our online programs in psychology, you can choose an established area of psychological study such as clinical psychology, select a family psychology concentration, or design an interdisciplinary program that blends psychology with education, business, or human services courses. Whether pursuing a new career, or looking to advance in your current role, you gain the skills to make a greater difference in your work.

Public Administration Degrees

Strengthen the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to effectively manage current public issues and plan for the future. Designed around national public administration curriculum standards, our programs focus on:

  • building public value
  • establishing collaborative networks
  • promoting ethical performance standards
  • enhancing professional communication skills
  • formulating and achieving innovative solutions to the challenges of public protection, policy and governance.

Working with a rich, global network of experienced faculty and professional peers, you will gain an in-depth understanding of your own field, plus insights from professionals in other fields, such as public safety and health care, which often collaborate with you to address today's complex challenges.

Public Safety Degrees

Hone your skills and advance your career in the growing field of public safety. Our Public Safety degrees combines theoretical study of leadership and organizational theories, with courses that emphasize management skills, such as needs assessment, human resources, training, diversity, and labor relations. Our programs allow you to work, teach, or consult in the field of public safety, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency management, criminal justice, corrections and other public and private security and protective professions.

Social Work Degrees

Expand your career in social service with our online doctoral degree in social work. Our programs help you build the skills to advocate for social justice and public policy changes. You can expect online courses designed around national social work education guidelines that emphasize critical thinking, action research, and the integration of theoretical knowledge with practical experience.

Up to 12 Ways to Save Time & Money

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    Take Control and Save with Self-Paced Learning

    FlexPath is a more accessible, flexible, and efficient way to earn your degree — allowing you to complete multiple courses at your own pace while paying one flat tuition rate per quarter.

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    Start Now, Save up to $6,000

    You can receive a Capella grant when you enroll in a qualifying degree program now. Contact us for details.

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    Credit for Real-World Experience

    You can earn credits through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process by demonstrating mastery of competencies.

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    10-15% Military Discount

    Capella is proud to provide military benefits, including a 10-15% tuition discount on your degree program.

  • 5

    Transfer Credits

    Reduce the time and cost of finishing your degree by maximizing your transfer credits.

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    Save up to $10,000 with Sophia

    With Sophia Pathways for College Credit, save up to $10,000 and complete your bachelor’s degree sooner by taking Capella and Sophia courses at the same time.

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    Accelerated PhD Courseload

    For doctoral programs based on cost per quarter, rather than the number of credits, you can maximize your courseload and complete your degree faster — saving money on tuition.

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    Save More than $7,700 with Our Combined Option

    Capella’s combined BS/MS and BS/MBA options allow eligible students in bachelor’s programs to begin earning master’s-level credits after completing at least 100 bachelor’s credits — saving you time and money.

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    Capella provides scholarship opportunities to help you fund your online degree. We can also help you find scholarships from additional resources.

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    Free e-Books

    Students in select programs have access to free online textbooks, which means a lower overall cost and quick access to content.

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    Employer Tuition Reimbursement

    Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to their employees — even those without a formal program. Check with your HR department or manager to see if you are eligible.

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    Employer & Association Discounts

    Tuition discounts from Capella-affiliated employers and colleges can make your degree more affordable, saving you thousands.

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