Bachelor of Science in Business

Enhance personal and organizational effectiveness in your chosen business field

This program delivers business fundamentals alongside practical applications in an interactive learning environment. The curriculum takes an integrated approach to complex organizational systems, to help you prepare to collaborate with diverse work groups.

Outcome goals and graduates’ proficiency levels

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for this program. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course—the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they’ve learned.

2012-2013 Demonstration of Program Outcomes BS in Business

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Create organizational value.
Participate collaboratively and respectfully.
Communicate effectively.
Plan Strategically.
Employ high-performing business management techniques.
Solve problems within professional standards.
Use appropriate financial models and principles to support decisions and recommendations.


Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated outcome assessment results from Q32012 – Q22013 capstone courses



Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business specializations

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • Health Care Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management and Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Project Management

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Minors

  • BS in Business, minor in Business Intelligence

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • The Project Management (PMI®) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (GAC) has accredited the Project Management specializations in the following degree programs: BS-IT, BS-Business, MBA, MS-ISTM. Enrollment and graduation data are available.
  • Our MS, MBA, and BS project management curriculum is designed around A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
  • Johnson & Johnson, U.S. Bank, and Farmers Insurance Group are among more than 175 leading organizations that recommend Capella to their employees.
  • The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has affirmed that 3 Capella Human Resource Management specializations fully align with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. This demonstrates that Capella’s HR specializations at the MS, MBA, and BS levels reflect the guidelines outlined by the leading association for HR professionals.
  • Capella was the first university to align with SHRM guidelines in three degree programs—MS, MBA, and BS.

Bachelor of Science in Business degree graduates

Data from graduates of the BS in Business program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella University BS in Business degree alumni report high satisfaction with the salary, benefits and responsibilities of their jobs. The most common industries in which bachelor's alumni are employed are higher education, healthcare, telecommunications, and manufacturing.

Satisfaction with Job Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.


Many of our BS in Business degree graduates report receiving a salary increase and gaining recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Many also said they advanced in their careers or received a promotion.

Career & Professional Accomplishments Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

Bachelor of Science in Business degree graduates

Data from graduates from graduates of the BS in Business program have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Graduates of Capella University's BS in Business program say their Capella education is relevant to their career goals and helped them meet program outcomes. They are likely to recommend Capella to others.

Satisfaction with Capella Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.


Capella bachelor's degree graduates report gaining knowledge and skills which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvement in Skills and Abilities Bachelor's  Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013

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Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (DOE) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2012 and June 2013. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The DOE has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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