Capella University: Online

About Capella University

Capella University is a private, for-profit, accredited online university. Founded in 1933 by Dr. Harold Abel and Stephen Shank, Capella offers 100% online higher education programs. Moreover, at Capella, ‘’every assignment has a purpose and is connected to academic and professional standards.’’

Look to Capella University for online masters, specialist, doctoral, and certificate programs that may propel a career to the next level. Whether this means an online MBA, or online DNP, there could be many programs to choose from. Study Education, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Public Affairs and more from your home with Capella University.

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Mission, Vision and Values

The mission of Capella University is to extend access to bachelors, masters, doctoral, and certificate programs to busy adult learners. This is fostered through innovative, relevant programs and a variety of online delivery formats.

Enrollment, Attendance, Completions

Based on Fall 2015 data, graduate enrollment totaled 26,530 students.i

  • 100% online attendance i
  • 4% full-time, 96% part-time attendancei
  • 4225 masters degrees, 1260 doctorate degrees, 860+ graduate certificates were awarded 2015-2016 i

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available for eligible students.i In addition, Capella offers a range of scholarships and several options for possible tuition discounts.

General Admissions Requirements

Students apply through Capella’s online application. While each program has specific admission requirements, there are some basic requisites for all programs. These are in addition to an application and fee.

  • Official transcript(s) from previous institutions for degree and post-degree coursework, if applicable
  • Minimum GPA as defined by the program
  • English fluency
  • GRE, GMAT, SAT, or ACT are not required for admission.

In addition, each program may define other material that is needed, such as the ones listed below.

  • Forms and documents that disclose licensure information, background, and work experience
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Extended goal statement
  • Admission essay/writing sample
  • Faculty interview
  • Cohort auto-registration form

Masters Program Admission Requirements

Masters students must have a bachelors degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution.

Doctoral Program Admission Requirements

Doctoral students must have a masters degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution.


Based on Fall 2015 data, there were 237 full-time and 1295 part-time faculty members at Capella.i As of December 31, 2016, 85% of Capella University’s faculty have doctorates.

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Why Consider Capella University?

Capella University helps busy adult learners pursue their goals by bringing graduate programs from an accredited university straight to their door. Capella offers 100% online, competency-based programs where the goal is for the student to “learn it today and apply it today.”

Academic Quality Improvement

In 2000, Capella University became the first online academic institution to become a charter participant of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). AQIP participants commit to a program of continuous quality improvement (CQI) to maintain accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.

Awards and Honors

Aside from prior awards, in 2016, Capella University received the Excellence in Assessment Award from the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. Also, 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.

Program Model: GuidedPath and FlexPath Formats

Capella University offers a choice between two online learning paths – GuidedPath and FlexPath. Students can take an online quiz to help them assess the best fit for their needs, or try a course on for size before they commit.


GuidedPath offers both flexibility and structure. Students attend class anytime with 24/7 access to the virtual classroom. Plus, they are encouraged to stay motivated with pre-set deadlines. Faculty assigns the required reading material. Then, assignments are due at the end of the week, with mid-week message board discussions. From start to end, students receive feedback from faculty through regular check-ins with program advisors.


FlexPath is a completely self-paced program format. Once you finish a course, you are free to move onto the next one without any wait time. That means you complete as many courses as your schedule allows. This lets a student move more quickly through some material, or take more time when they need it. And, students have access to tutors, feedback and planning help from coaches.

Student Support Services

Capella students could utilize to a variety of resources. These include academic coaches and tutors, a career center and tech support. Plus, there is writing support, doctoral support and an online library replete with databases.

Services and Programs for Service Members and Veterans

Capella is an unlimited, full participant in the VA Yellow Ribbon program, and offers military spousal support and military tuition assistance to students who qualify.

Capella University Accreditation

Capella University is regionally accredited by the The Higher Learning Commission.i The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Are any of Capella’s individual programs accredited?

Many of Capella’s individual programs are accredited by professional accreditors such as the ones itemized below.

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) – e.g. MSN and DNP programs
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) – e.g. Master in Business Administration
  • Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Education (COAMFTE) – e.g. MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) – e.g. PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, MS in Mental Health Counseling, MS in School Counseling, and MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) – e.g. MSEd Curriculum & Instruction program
  • Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (PMI GAC) – e.g. MBA - Project Management and PhD in Information Technology - Project Management programs

Capella University Academics and Degree Programs

Capella offers a variety of masters degree programs including the MBA, MS, MHA, MSN, and more. In addition, students can choose either a PhD or a professional doctorate program in fields such as Business, IT, Counseling, Psychology, Education, Health Sciences, Nursing and Public Service.

Build Business Acumen

Choice is something you can find plenty of with Capella’s Business graduate programs. Build practical business administration skills by earning an MBA from an ACBSP-accredited program. Or, pursue an online PhD in Business Management in an ACBSP-accredited program.

Focus on Patient Care

Registered nurses who want to pursue higher education might consider Capella’s online CCNE-accredited RN to MSN program.

Educate Others

Capella University offers many Education graduate programs. Explore their CACREP-accredited MS in School Counseling, MS In Educational Technology, or PhD programs. Options include the PhD Instructional Design for Online Learning and PhD Leadership for Higher Education.

Help Others

Get on track to fulfil your passion to help others in crisis. Capella University offers a Master of Social Work (MSW) program with two options. One is a basic program for students without a CSWE-accredited BSW from a CSWE-accredited program. The other is an ‘advanced-standing program’ for those who have earned a bachelors degree from a CSWE-accredited program. Both options involve field education and coursework. Graduates might stay with Capella to pursue their terminal degree in social work. The online DSW degree program builds on masters level coursework with the goal of helping students develop advanced practitioner skills.

Expand Your Horizons in the Public Sector

Focus on tools and methods of policy analysis. Capella University offers an online Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Public Policy and Governance. As a member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the core MPA courses expose students to public policy leadership and strategic management.

Program Highlights: MS – Applied Behavior Analysis

Do you aspire to work with children and adults with behavioral disorders? Capella University’s online Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program blends advanced psychology coursework with several Behavior Analysis emphases that are approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).


Students can work with Capella Licensure Support to understand and prepare for the license application process in their state. This may include a period of post-graduate fieldwork.

Program Objectives

One of the program goals is to help students apply research-based theories and findings from the applied behavior analysis field to interventions and treatment design.

Course of Study

The MS in ABA is a 55-credit course of study. In it, students take 20 credits of core courses that cover topics such as basic theory and research methods. With the next 35 credits students take what are called ‘specialization’ courses and complete an integrative project. Three of these courses are listed below.

  • Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment of Autism
  • Techniques in ABA
  • Ethics

Career Outlook

Per the BLS, employment of behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024.ii

Compare Programs

Another masters program in the field of counseling is Capella’s COAMFTE and CACREP accredited Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy. This 92-credit program includes online coursework, credit-bearing residency and a practicum/internship. Here too, students can work with Capella Licensure Support to figure out how to prepare to pursue licensure in their state.

Program Highlights: PhD – Advanced Studies in Human Behavior

Would you like to conduct research into the social influences on human behavior? Students in Capella University’s online PhD in Human Behavior program may be prepared to assess relevant theories and best practices in the human behavior field.

Program Objectives

One of the program goals is to help students conduct research in the field of social and behavioral sciences.

Course of Study

The PhD in Human Behavior is a 112-credit program that involves 4 integrated parts: online coursework, in-person experiences (called residencies), comprehensive exams, and a dissertation. While there are 36 credits of core courses, students also choose 5 elective courses and have 32 credits of specialization courses. See what three of these look like below.

  • Issues in Aging, Grief, and Bereavement
  • The Family in Social Context
  • Advanced Issues in Eating Disturbances

Career Outlook

Per the BLS, employment of social and community services managers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024.iii

Compare Programs

Another doctoral program in the field of counseling is Capella’s online PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. This 104-credit program includes coursework and dissertation research seminar requirements. Students can tailor their program with one of four areas of emphases: Industrial, Organizational, Coaching or Consultation.

Choose a Program at Capella University

Read about your options for online graduate certificates, masters and doctorate degree programs from Capella University. Browse paid programs and easily connect with Capella through the on-page form. Take the next step now!


School Headquarters: Capella University, 225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402-3389

Sources:(i) | (ii) This is an offer for educational opportunities that may lead to employment and not an offer for not guarantee of employment. Please consult with a representative from the school to learn more about career opportunities in this field. | (iii) This is an offer for educational opportunities that may lead to employment and not an offer for not guarantee of employment. Please consult with a representative from the school to learn more about career opportunities in this field.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credentials, 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.

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