Capella University Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.27 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ACBSP, + 2 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: $14,842
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4.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

Capella University was a great school to attend. Having the online only option was perfect for someone like me who was a stay at home Mom raising two children, one with special needs. I was able to focus on school as well as the needs of my family because of the schedule.
2.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Network Security
Graduation Year: 2018

Capella is a for profit university that tries hard to care and provide value to its students but as with most online colleges the true value depends on the students ability to research and study. The professors are part time and the classes are templates used over and over again without much auditing of the information provided. Often you will find old outdated information in class links or assignments. While it is the duty of the professor to audit the course prior to starting, this seems to not happen or information is missed consistently. A lot of the times instructions are confusing and assignments are redundant. It seems as if you write papers on the same topics over and over again repeating information and unless you are diligent as a student to research the topic in depth, the amount of true learning can be minimal. If you are seeking a certificate at a masters level from a regionally accredited university, then Capella is by far the most reasonably priced and easiest university to obtain that degree. Expect to have minimal contact with your professors and classmates as they are scattered across multiple time zones. If you are diligent and do the bare minimum you will receive 100% most of the time. Rarely do you get a professor that is a stickler on grading. Majority of the time it seems, if you meet the minimum topics, pages, and assignment requirements you get a 100%, it doesn't matter if you write 100 page papers or 3 page papers you will get 100% if you discuss the topics required.
3.6 out of 5.0
Degree: School Counseling
Graduation Year: 2019

I've enjoyed my time thus far at Capella University. The flexibility it provides is exactly what I need at this time in my life. Professors are helpful and will to work with you. I feel the downfall of an online education is that yu only get out of it what you put into it as no one is there to force you to learn more. You must be dedicated to your education to succeed and make worth your education in online learning.
2.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2008

Capella allowed me the opportunity to pursue a PhD while raising a young son and working.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

I am currently working towards my Masters Degree in Industrial and organizational Psychology. I have found the classes to be challenging, but not overwhelming. I like the detailed feedback I have received from my professor, and my counselor or course tutor have been very helpful. Like any online program it is up to the individual to manage their time and workload effectively.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling Psychology
Graduation Year: 2004

At the time I studied at Capella University, it was an excellent program -- other than that it's Psychology degree was not APA accredited. This has caused me problems, as employment in many areas and states is closed to those without APA accredited degrees. I am not sure about the quality of the education currently being provided by Capella, as it appears they have significantly reduced their library resources and staffing in some areas. I would recommend that anyone considering Capella University at this time be very careful and check it out thoroughly before enrolling.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020

I am currently still still in school for my MSN. I have 3 kids and was very scared to do this on line course. Capella University has a very challenging curriculum that has showed me I am up to the challenge. I am one year in and still holding a 4.0 GPA. It just proves that if you want to achieve something you just have to put your mind to it. The staff is very helpful and challenges the students on a daily basis.
4.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2019

Capella University is a great online university offering degrees for bachelor's, master's, and doctorate programs. Each class is relatively small, allowing students to communicate in meaningful and close-knit ways with their professors and other students.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2017

Great school with outstanding instructors. Graduate program taught me more than I could have ever imagined through the use of course discussion boards. Increased writing skills ten fold. I have no worries on fitting in with other executive leader caliber personnel.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019

I have greatly enjoyed my experience thus far. The admission process was a breeze and you are paired with someone from the start that will help you throughout your program. Working online, at your own pace were must haves for me. Added bonus, non clinical course progression and relatively short program!
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