Capella's flexible online degree programs are designed for busy adults with families and careers—here, they achieve their educational goals while meeting other commitments.
We're proud of their success. At Capella, they learn career-relevant skills. During their programs and after they graduate, they advance professionally and make a difference in their organizations and communities.
Our graduates have good reason to be proud of the degrees they earned at Capella, too. They receive an average 51% salary increase within 5 years of graduation¹, 96% of employers rate the performance of Capella graduates as exceptional or proficient², and 95% of our graduates are satisfied with their Capella experience¹.
¹ Eduventures survey of Capella graduates, 2010
² Capella Employer Survey Report, 2011
These outcomes will help you understand the expertise you're expected to gain from each of our programs, how Capella graduates are performing professionally after graduation, and what they think about their education and how it's affecting their careers.
We believe in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree. Going back to school is about your goals, your life, and your career. But it's also about the time and money you'll spend – and what you'll get out of it.
The program length for a bachelor's degree is defined by the US Department of Education as 4 years, or 16 calendar quarters. The program length for Capella's other programs varies. It is defined as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical part-time learner to complete a program. We base this calculation on the average number of courses learners take each quarter and the average number of quarters in the comprehensive exam and dissertation phase for doctoral programs. We assume a learner enrolls continuously (i.e., four quarters a year) and has no transfer or prior learning credits. Your actual time will depend on number of transfer or prior learning assessment credits and whether you enroll continuously (4 quarters per year) or take a quarter off periodically.
The on-time completion rate indicates what percentage of our graduates – working adults with family and career commitments — finish their programs within the epected program length.
The Gainful Employment information includes a job information based on the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes and Standard Occupational Classification system (SOC ) that correspond to occupational information associated with different degrees and program levels. Each job title is linked to more detailed information on the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), the nation's primary resource of occupational information, which is sponsored by the US Department of Labor. The jobs listed are just a sampling of some of the careers and fields our graduates enter.
It's important to know how much you can expect to spend in pursuit of your degree. The cost of your program depends on many factors, such as transfer credits, education benefits, and how long you take to complete your program. Program cost represents what the total would be with the average transfer and prior learning credits our learners apply to each program.
There are many ways our learners reduce their costs in addition to transfer credits, including employer reimbursement, scholarships, grants, credit for prior learning, and military benefits. Most of our learners are able to reduce the total cost of their programs.
Books and fees are an additional cost you should consider when choosing a program. At Capella, we strive to keep fees simple and book costs low.
There are multiple types of financial aid to help pay for tuition and other education expenses, including federal student loans and private loans, and many of our learners qualify for financial aid. The Financing figures show the median amount of student debt our graduates incur during their Capella programs, including debt they took on to pay for living expenses.
The specializations, minors and certificates listed below have been retired. Capella does not report learning and career outcomes data for retired offerings but does provide information on expenses, completion rates, and career information for those retired offerings for which we still have learners enrolled.
The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (under 34 CFR 688.6), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2013 and June 2014.
BS in Public Administration
BS in Business
BS in Information Technology
Doctor of Psychology
Master of Health Admin
MS in Counseling Studies
MS in Education
MS in Higher Education
MS in Homeland Security
MS in Human Resource Mgmt
MS in Human Services
MS in Information Technology
MS in Info Sys and Tech Mgmt
MS in Organization and Mgmt
MS in Public Health
MS in Psychology
PhD in Business
PhD in Counseling Studies
PhD in Education
PhD in Human Services
PhD in Information Technology
PhD in Organization & Management
PhD in Psychology
PhD in Public Safety
Capella University offers several certificates that allow professionals to pursue new knowledge and skills in concentrated areas of study. These are non-degree credentials that can be pursued at the completion of a bachelor's or master's degree. All the certificates shown here are post-baccalaureate offerings except the College Teaching certificate which is a post-master’s offering. Capella does not report learning and career outcomes data for certificate offerings but does provide information on expenses, completion rates, and career information.
The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2013 and June 2014.
Business & Technology
Counseling & Psychology
Health Care & Nursing