Master of Business Administration

Develop the expertise you need to advance your management career.

Build critical business skills and gain the credentials you need to advance your career with the MBA program. The MBA provides broad exposure to core business disciplines and values guiding those disciplines and the opportunity to increase the depth of competency in specific areas. The curriculum presents practical and relevant content integrated across functional business areas. It emphasizes a holistic and values-based approach to business and leadership. People who choose this program are often pursuing management, director-level, or consulting positions in a wide variety of corporate settings.

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 Master of Business Administration

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Integrate principles of ethics and integrity into business decisions.
Integrate information across disciplines from differing perspectives.
Develop logical, well-supported, evidence-based solutions to business challenges and opportunities.
Communicate clearly and effectively in a business environment.
Apply leadership and collaboration principles and strategies for virtual, global, and culturally diverse environments.
Apply innovative, strategic, and sustainable approaches to business practice and planning.
Apply foundational knowledge and an understanding of business systems, processes, and technology within and across core disciplines.


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



Master of Business Administration (MBA) specializations

  • Accounting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Health Care Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Marketing
  • Project Management

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella's MBA faculty members are also business professionals—bringing a balance of academic expertise and professional experience to the fields in which they teach.
  • 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-IT. Enrollment and graduation data are available.
  • Capella's MS, MBA, and BS project management curriculum is designed around A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
  • Capella has developed educational alliances with more than 175 corporations, including leading organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, U.S. Bank, and Farmers Insurance Group.
  • The Human Resource Management MBA specialization has gained acknowledgement from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM®) that the curriculum aligns with SHRM's® HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.
  • The Human Resource Management MBA specialization has gained acknowledgement from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM®) that the curriculum aligns with SHRM's® HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

1Review of this specialization is pending in TN.

2In accordance with U.S. Department of Education (DOE) new advance notice requirements, a notification for this specialization will be submitted to the DOE. This specialization may be subject to additional review and approval by the DOE, which could result in a potential delay in learners being able to start the specialization. If this specialization is subject to additional review, the DOE will notify Capella University at least 30 days prior to the scheduled start date. Capella University proactively will keep applicants and learners enrolled in this specialization fully informed of any actions taken by the DOE that may affect their ability to successfully begin classes as originally scheduled.

School of Business and Technology Master of Business Administration Graduates

Data from graduates across all MBA specializations have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Our School of Business and Technology MBA graduates report satisfaction with tasks and responsibilities and salary and benefits. The majority of graduates work in higher education, healthcare, or manufacturing.

Satisfaction with Capella Business & Technology Doctoral 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 MBA graduates from the School of Business and Technology report advancing in their careers and receiving a salary increase, leadership role or promotion. They also say their Capella degrees garner recognition from employers.

Improvements in Skills & Abilities Business & Technology Master's Guide

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

School of Business and Technology Master of Business Administration Graduates

Data from graduates across all MBA specializations have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Most graduates of the School of Business and Technology MBA program report that earning an MBA has helped them meet program and career goals. They are likely to recommend Capella to friends and family.

Satisfaction with Capella Business & Technology Doctoral 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.

Business & Technology MBA graduates say that they gained valuable skills and abilities which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvements in Skills & Abilities Business & Technology Master's Guide

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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