Capella University Online

Are you ready to go further in your profession? Start with Capella.

About Capella. 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 foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so what you’re learning is immediately applicable to your career. Right now, more than 37,000 students are expanding their opportunities with Capella programs.

Quick Facts


School Name

Capella University

City

Minneapolis

State

Minnesota

General Information

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credential or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states and professional associations. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on the School’s website. Enrollment restrictions and/or other restrictions may apply to certain programs. Contact Capella University for more information.

Learn about completion rates, affordability, and more at www.capellaresults.com

Year Founded:

1993

Accreditation:

Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
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Capella’s BS in IT program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.*

*The FlexPath option for the BS in Information Technology program specializations is not accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Capella University’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, MS in Mental Health Counseling, MS in School Counseling, and MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy programs are accredited by the American Counseling Association’s Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through March 31, 2020.

The BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

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.

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.

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

*The FlexPath option for the project management specializations is not accredited by PMI-GAC.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) has accredited Capella University business programs and select specializations. For full accreditation statement and the list of accredited programs and specializations, go to www.capella.edu/university-accreditation.

Study Areas:

Business

Stand out with a degree 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 contially review and adapt our programs to deliver the competencies you can use immediately—taking practical solutions directly from your courses into the workplace.

FlexPath: The revolutionary 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
• Set your own deadlines to fit your schedule
• Complete assessments that measure your demonstration of real-world competencies
• Complete as many courses as you can while paying one flat tuition rate per quarter

Move forward with BS, MS, MBA, DBA, PhD, and certificate options:

• Accounting (Also available: FlexPath option, CPA Pathway)
• Business Administration (Also available: FlexPath option)
• Business Intelligence (Also available: FlexPath option)
• Business Management (Also available: FlexPath option)
• Entrepreneurship (Also available: FlexPath option)
• Finance
• Global Operations and Supply Chain Management (Also available: FlexPath option)
• Health Care Management (Also available: FlexPath option)
• Human Resource Management (Also available: FlexPath option)
• Information Technology Management
• Leadership
• Management and Leadership (Also available: FlexPath option)
• Management Education
• Marketing
• Project Management (Also available: FlexPath option)
• Strategy and Innovation

Capella and The Wall Street Journal: A collaboration that works for you
Capella University is collaborating with The Wall Street Journal to offer business students full digital access* to the most timely, relevant business news, enhancing your academic experience and giving you a competitive edge in your career. It’s insight you can use at every step of your career – from impressing interviewers with your knowledge of business trends to providing thought leadership in business roles.

*To be eligible for full digital access to WSJ.com, students must have successfully completed their first course and be currently enrolled.

Accredited. Respected.
• The Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) has accredited Capella University business programs and select specializations. For full accreditation statement and the list of accredited programs and specializations, go to www.capella.edu/university-accreditation.
• 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.
• 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
*The FlexPath option for the project management specializations is not accredited by PMI-GAC.

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

Ready to go further?
Speak with an enrollment counselor to discuss your education options.

Counseling
Learn real-world skills and concepts with degree 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 Studies
• Counselor Education and Supervision
• Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy
• Mental Health Counseling
• 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 PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, MS in Mental Health Counseling, MS in School Counseling, and MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy programs are accredited by the American Counseling Association’s Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through March 31, 2020.

Ready to go further?
Speak with a Capella University enrollment counselor.
 

Criminal Justice
Make a positive impact in your community with a criminal justice degree
Capella University addresses the growing need for leaders and professionals in criminal justice by offering BS, MS, and PhD programs. 
 
A real-world education 
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.  With features such as Riverbend City, Capella's simulation software, a criminal justice degree can prepare you for situations you are likely to encounter on the job. 
 
In addition, Capella's criminal justice 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:
• Criminal Justice
• Emergency Management
 
Ready to go further?
Get started today. Speak with an enrollment counselor to discuss your education options.
 
Education
Master’s and doctoral programs for educators

Capella University—an accredited leader in online graduate education for teachers and education administrators—offers the most flexible, personalized education experience to fulfill your individual needs, at every stage in your career. Our programs feature a unique combination of real-world skills development, faculty support, career planning tools, and scholarship resources. You inspire students to reach their full potential. Now reach yours.
 
Specializations for K-12 professionals include:
• Curriculum and Instruction (PhD, EdD, EdS, MS)
• Early Childhood Education (MS)
• Educational Psychology (PhD, MS)
• English Language Learning and Teaching (MS)
• K-12 Studies in Education (PhD, MS)
• Leadership in Educational Administration (PhD, EdS, MS)
• Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction (EdD, EdS)
• Reading and Literacy (EdD, EdS, MS)
• School Counseling (MS)
• Special Education Leadership (PhD)
• Special Education Teaching (MS)
• School Psychology (PsyD)
• Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation (EdD, EdS)
• Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies (EdD, EdS)

Capella’s higher education specializations include:
• Adult Education (EdD, MS)
• Educational Leadership and Management (EdD)
• Higher Education Leadership and Administration (MS)
• Instructional Design for Online Learning (PhD, MS)
• Integrative Studies (MS)
• Leadership for Higher Education (PhD)
• Nursing Education (PhD)
• Performance Improvement Leadership (EdD)
• Postsecondary and Adult Education (PhD)
• Professional Studies in Education (PhD)
• Training and Performance Improvement (MS)

Capella's educational technology specializations include:
• Competency-Based Instruction (MS)
• Instruction in the 1:1 Environment (MS)
• Personalized Learning (MS)
• Professional Growth and Development (MS)

Ready to go further?
Speak with a Capella University enrollment counselor.

Health Care
Expand your health care career with a degree from Capella

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

Health Care (Business and Information Technology)
• Health Care Management (Also available: FlexPath option)
• Health Information Technology

Public Health
• Epidemiology
• Health Advocacy and Leadership
• Health Management and Policy
• Public Health Leadership
• Social and Behavioral Sciences
 

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.

Ready to go further?
Speak with a Capella University enrollment counselor.

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. 
 
FlexPath: The revolutionary way to earn your degree
Available in select HR 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
• Set your own deadlines to fit your schedule
• Complete assessments that measure your demonstration of real-world competencies
• Complete as many courses as you can while paying one flat tuition rate per quarter
 
HR degrees at Capella
• BS in Business with a specialization in Human Resource Management (Also available: FlexPath option)
• MS in Human Resource Management
• MBA with a specialization in Human Resource Management (Also available: FlexPath option)
• PhD in Business Management with a specialization in Human Resource Management
• DBA with a specialization in Human Resource Management
 
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.

Capella and The Wall Street Journal: A collaboration that works for you
Capella University is collaborating with The Wall Street Journal to offer business students full digital access* to the most timely, relevant business news, enhancing your academic experience and giving you a competitive edge in your career. It’s insight you can use at every step of your career – from impressing interviewers with your knowledge of business trends to providing thought leadership in business roles.
 
*To be eligible for full digital access to WSJ.com, students must have successfully completed their first course and be currently enrolled.

Prior Learning Assessment
Capella University values the knowledge you bring to your degree program. Our Prior Learning Assessment program allows you to earn credit when you demonstrate relevant, college-level knowledge.

Ready to go further?
Get started today. Speak with an enrollment counselor.
 
Information Technology

Expand your IT knowledge with a degree from Capella
No matter where you want to go in IT, Capella has specialized programs to help you gain the skills and knowledge to stand out in your profession. Designed for both immediate on-the-job impact and long-term success, Capella’s competency-based information technology programs can help you go further in your IT career.

FlexPath: The revolutionary way to earn your degree
Available in select IT 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
• Set your own deadlines to fit your schedule
• Complete assessments that measure your demonstration of real-world competencies
• Complete as many courses as you can while paying one flat tuition rate per quarter

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

 

Accredited. Respected. 
• Capella’s BS in IT program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.*
          *The FlexPath option for the BS in Information Technology program specializations is not accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.
• The following program specializations* are accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (PMI-GAC):
          o BS in Information Technology – Project Management
          o BS in Business – Project Management
          o MS in Information Systems and Technology Management – Project Management
          o MBA – Project Management
 
*The FlexPath option for the project management specializations is not accredited by PMI-GAC.
 
NSA designated: Learn with confidence 
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/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD) for academic years 2014-2021.
 
The new CAE IA/CD designation is based on updated academic criteria for Cybersecurity education and affords each CAE institution the opportunity to distinguish its strengths in specific IA/CD focus areas. Capella is one of only 50 educational institutions in the country designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education and one of only two approved universities that align to five focus areas: Digital Forensics, Security Incident Analysis and Response, Network Security Administration, Network Security Engineering, and System Security Engineering. 
 
Hands–on learning through virtual lab environment
Students will experience practical, hands-on learning designed around best practices in a safe, interactive virtual lab environment. This virtual platform allows students to develop skills by practicing with tools used in the industry—including BackTrack, EnCase, NetWitness, and Metasploit. 
 
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.
 
Unparalleled military support
Our dedicated team of military support counselors will work with you to make the most of the latest military and VA benefits, plus we offer tuition discounts, military leave of absence and a flexible degree program that can move with you to any duty station.

Ready to go further?
Get started today. Speak with an enrollment counselor.
 
Nursing
Go further in your nursing career
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. 
 
The School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares health care professionals for the challenges and opportunities in the nursing, health care, and inter-professional fields, with programs structured to reflect best academic and professional practices in the real world.

FlexPath: The revolutionary way to earn your degree
Available for the RN-to-BSN program, 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
• Set your own deadlines to fit your schedule
• Complete assessments that measure your demonstration of real-world competencies 
• Complete as many courses as you can while paying one flat tuition rate per quarter
 
Nursing 
• RN-to-BSN Degree Completion (Also available: FlexPath option)*
• RN-to-BSN/MSN (Combined option)
• MSN: Care Coordination
• MSN: Diabetes Nursing
• MSN: General Nursing
• MSN: Nursing Education
• MSN: Nursing Informatics
• MSN: Nursing Leadership and Administration
• MBA: Accelerated option (for nurses who hold an MSN)
• RN-to-MSN: Care Coordination
• RN-to-MSN: Diabetes Nursing
• RN-to-MSN: General Nursing
• RN-to-MSN: Nursing Education
• RN-to-MSN: Nursing Informatics
• RN-to-MSN: Nursing Leadership and Administration
• Doctor of Nursing Practice
          o BSN-to-DNP
          o Doctor of Nursing Practice Preparatory Program

 
*The FlexPath option is currently not approved for federal financial aid by the U.S. Department of Education (ED).
 
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.

For Nursing Programs: RN license verification required. This program is not designed to prepare graduates for entry-level or advanced practice licensure as a nurse.

 
Ready to go further?
Get started today. Speak with an enrollment counselor to discuss your education options.
 
Project Management
Teach, consult or lead with a project management degree from Capella
Organizations need project management professionals who’ve not only mastered the technical side of their role, but who 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. 
 
FlexPath: The revolutionary way to earn your degree
Available in select project management 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
• Set your own deadlines to fit your schedule
• Complete assessments that measure your demonstration of real-world competencies
• Complete as many courses as you can while paying one flat tuition rate per quarter     
 
Explore bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral specializations—in both business and information technology project management:
• BS in Business – Project Management (Also available: FlexPath option)
• BS in IT – Project Management (Also available: FlexPath option)
• MS in Information Systems and Technology Management – Project Management (Also available: FlexPath option)
• MBA – Project Management (Also available: FlexPath option)
• DBA – Project Management
• DIT – Project Management
• PhD in IT – Project Management 
• PhD in Business – Project Management
 
Prior Learning Assessment
Capella University values the knowledge you bring to your degree program. Our Prior Learning Assessment program allows you to earn credit when you demonstrate relevant, college-level knowledge.

Learn with confidence
The following program specializations* are accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (PMI-GAC):
          o BS in Information Technology – Project Management
          o BS in Business – Project Management
          o MS in Information Systems and Technology Management – Project Management
          o MBA – Project Management
 
*The FlexPath option for the project management specializations is not accredited by PMI-GAC.
 
Ready to go further?
Get started today. Speak with an enrollment counselor to discuss your education options.
 
Psychology
Further your impact on others with degree 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.
 
FlexPath: The revolutionary way to earn your degree
Available in select psychology 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
• Set your own deadlines to fit your schedule
• Complete assessments that measure your demonstration of real-world competencies
• Complete as many courses as you can while paying one flat tuition rate per quarter
 
Master's degree options in psychology
• Applied Behavior Analysis
• Applied Research
• Child and Adolescent Development (Also available: FlexPath option)
• Clinical Counseling
• Educational Psychology (Also available: FlexPath option)
• Evaluation, Research, and Measurement
• Forensic Psychology
• Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Also available: FlexPath option)
• Leadership Coaching Psychology
• Psychology (Also available: FlexPath option)
• Sex Therapy
• Sport Psychology (Also available: FlexPath option)
 
Doctoral degree options in psychology
• Addiction Psychology
• Educational Psychology
• Industrial/Organizational Psychology
• Developmental Psychology
• Psychology
• PsyD in 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 K–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.
 
• PsyD 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
 
Ready to go further?
Get started today. Speak with an enrollment counselor to discuss your education options.
 
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 Administration degree options: 
• Health Management and Policy
• Nonprofit Management and Leadership
• Public Administration
• Public Health
• Public Health Leadership
• Public Policy and Governance
• Social and Behavioral Science
 
Ready to go further?
Get started today. Speak with an enrollment counselor to discuss your education options.
 
 
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 DSW and MSW programs designed to help you develop an expert grasp of social work practice and policy. 
 
• Enjoy the flexibility of one of the few online DSW and MSW 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 theory to real-world situations with a residency and field education practicum.
 
Ready to go further?
Get started today. Speak with an enrollment counselor to discuss your education options.
 
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