Capella University Graduate Program Reviews

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94%
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(4.28 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABET, + 5 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 37,569 (9,393 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 22 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 95% part-time, 5% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $15,003
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4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2020

I work full-time and wished to earn my PhD part-time. Capellas business doctoral program (PhD) was by far my best choice. Heres why: **Why I'm happy I went with an online PhD program ** 1. You're in control. You decide the pace and course load (1-3 courses/ semester). It costs a maximum of $5,000/quarter. If you need to, you can take a quarter off. I feel relieved knowing that it'll work *with* my busy schedule (not against it). 2. You may be eligible for tuition reimbursement through your employer. Their annual $5,250 tuition reimbursement benefit covered 30-40% of my MBA, and it will do the same for my PhD. Ask your HR department about this benefit. 3. Keep your day job. Why quit a good job to go to school, when you can do both? An online doctorate enables you to keep making money and gaining experience while you earn a major credential. When you complete your PhD, you'll be an experienced businessperson (or whatever your field) who *also* has a PhD. People find this impressive. It also makes you more competitive in the job market. 4. Career flexibility. Lets say you get a promotion and have to move from Seattle to Cincinnati. In this scenario, an on-campus program becomes a liability. Online programs give you flexibility and legroom. You can complete them anywhere. 5. Open New Doors. an online degree supports passionate professionals who wish to pursue a new or complementary work (teaching, consulting, writing/publishing etc). If you love education and learning, (as I do), then you'll be pleased at the doors it opens too. ** Who an online PhD is not for ** 1a. If you wish to be a full-time academic researcher, Capella probably isn't for you. Probably best to put all your eggs in the traditional academic basket and go to a full-time program. Keep in mind, those have lower acceptance rates (5-20%) vs. online programs. Of course, that makes them more exclusive/ prestigious, which is a good thing if you want a name-brand academic pedigree. 1b. HOWEVER, you may still have trouble getting a professorship or research position. A good friend of mine went to Harvard and Oxford (the "Harvard of England") for his PhD and Masters, and he struggled to get a teaching gig! By keeping your day job, you open more doors and generate more opportunities for yourself. The economy is changing; Id rather be adaptive and skilled to evolve with it. 2. If you have a Masters degree, that may be sufficient for your career. Im going for my doctorate for the doors in teaching it, open, and for the intellectual weight itll add to any consulting or writing I do. 3. Timing is everything. Maybe a doctorate is something you'll complete later. It *is* an investment, and you may have more pressing things to spend your money on. ** Why I chose Capella over other schools ** 1. There are zero part-time, on-campus PhD Business programs at nearby universities (UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, Cal State Northridge, etc). I would've enjoyed the in-person aspect of it, and the name brand aspect, but it would've anchored me to LA for 4-5 years (i.e. no flexibility to be promoted and move). 2. There are zero online PhD Business programs offered by traditional universities. I did see PhD programs for nursing and plant science, but nothing business-related. So I began researching online PhD programs. 3. Capella continually appeared on my searches for top online PhD programs. I filled out a form and within 24 hours, 5-6 of them were dogging me, calling my phone and emailing me several times a week. I found this annoying and off-putting. 4. Capella was the one PhD program that did not stalk me. They had class. When I contacted them, the advisor, Jess, was helpful, cordial and spent 45+ minutes answering all my questions. When I spoke with 1-2 other programs (Walden was my #2), they didnt really seem to care about my individual needs and circumstances. 5. Capella's program in Business Strategy and Innovation was hands-down the best fit for my interests and career direction. 6. Capella includes an in-person component. I like that. There are three, in-person, 4-day seminars held year-round throughout the country (Atlanta, Orlando, Arlington, Dallas etc). At these, you get to meet your peers and network. 7. Capella explained the payment plan to me in a clear way, and reaffirmed my flexibility in how fast I could progress in the program. All in, with books and classes, my PhD will probably cost $55-$65K. Im spreading it out over 4-5 years to keep it manageable and affordable. A PhD is not for everyone. Its a commitment. If you have a vision or a plan, it can be an asset especially if it adds to career momentum or opens up new options and opportunities. On a personal note, I see a lot of people in their 20s and 30s partying, spending money, and frittering away their time. That's their choice. I would rather invest my time, money, and energy into something that lasts and grows in value. For me, that includes a PhD. Best of luck to you all, whatever you decide. DGK
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: ESL
Graduation Year: 2017

The classes required for this degree are relevant and interesting. The instructors are knowledgeable and helpful. I also felt very comfortable in asking my advisor questions concerning all aspects of Capella. Since all my classes are online, I've also had experience with the technology support team, which is great!
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: ESL
Graduation Year: 2017

I am currently enrolled at Capella University working toward a second master's degree. The rigor at Capella is intense, (or maybe I am too old). The instructors are very knowlegdable. The technical support is available 24/7 and they have always been able to solve whatever problem I encounter. I would recommend Capella to anyone pursuing a degree.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Healthcare Informatics
Graduation Year: 2011

I was a little concerned when I started my Masters at Capella University because I had never been part of an online education. The advisors at Capella assured me that they would help me throughout the process, and they did. When I called with a concern they were also willing and able to help. The University did not guarantee a job after graduated, they did show how to find a job that fit my degree. They had many resources available for how to find a job. I found my dream job within three month of my graduation. My education gave me the ability to succeed, and i thank them for that. Also, I enjoyed my education there so much I decided to get my Ph.D. there, and I love my program
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2017

Capella has courses with rigor and challenges students to be their best. Education is high quality and instructors are top notch. The program is online which makes it easy for people who are working full time like myself. Capella has activities that align with and prepare students for what awaits them in their careers.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2017

I am currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Capella University. The format of this program is geared towards working adults and fits wonderfully with my busy professional/personal life. I would highly recommend this school to others based upon the instruction, opportunities to travel and engage in a colloquium and flexibility of the programs.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA in Marketing
Graduation Year: 2018

I'm currently attending Capella University's MBA program with a concentration in Marketing, and I love it! The biggest pros are that I didn't need to do any standardized testing to be admitted to the school, all of my classes are done online, and I can develop an academic plan that goes at my own pace. I've been working in the Digital Marketing field for the past 5 years, and I'm extremely passionate about my work. I always knew that I wanted to return to school to get my Masters so that I can continue advancing and growing in my career, but I didn't think it would be possible with my demanding work schedule. This is why I decided to go with an online program. I wanted to be able to complete my classes without having to go to a physical location. The only drawback I could foresee is that I wouldn't be able to interact with classmates and Professors as I'd like to, and I'm the kind of student that learns best from one-on-one discussions to flesh out new concepts/ideas. What I've come to learn, however, is that Capella requires us to participate in a Discussion forum at least twice a week (for all classes!) and respond to questions/concerns from our peers. They even have something called "Supplemental Instruction" where you can log into a conference call and speak with an "expert" on the subject for additional help. This has proven to be extremely helpful and still gives me the feeling of being in a physical classroom. For anyone interested in an online education, I'd highly recommend Capella. The coursework is rigorous and they truly help you accomplish your goals while being a Full-time employee (as most of their Graduate students are).
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Child Development
Graduation Year: 2014

Capella's online master's program was an excellent option for my goals and lifestyle. I was able to work, and plan a wedding (as well as get married!), all while pursuing my degree. The professors were also extremely knowledgeable and helpful. They were always quick to respond to comments and questions, and provided helpful feedback on assignments. I love online programs, like Capella's, because it allows people like myself to live their life while still pursuing their goals.
3.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2019

Capella University offers degrees that meet every individual state requirement for graduation and state licensure requirements. They are COAMFTE and CACREP accredited. The Masters Program for Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy is rigorous but offers amazing benefits which many universities today lack in. They provide resources that assist with every course varying from tutors, writing assistance, hands on advisors, tool kits that equip you for each class. They provide graduate residencies, set up post-graduate work, and prepare you for each state license you must take after graduation.
3.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2015

The college is exceptional but the only drawback I have encountered is the staff at the college. If I had anything to say to potential students, it is this. If the student feel they were wronged, the worst thing to do is complain. In doing you may bruise a staff members ego and that has repercussions.
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