Expense, Completion, and Career Information

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.

Program length & on-time completion rate

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.

Job-related information

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.

Program Cost

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.

Financing

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 population is based on graduates who completed a program of study between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, the 2012–2013 financial aid year.
  • Total debt was calculated based on the last reported combined loan total from NSLDS and the legacy PFAIDS system.
  • Capella debt was calculated by subtracting total debt from the incoming debt, which was based on the first reported combined loan total from NSLDS and the legacy PFAIDS system.
  • Excludes alumni learners who graduated during the above period and are currently enrolled.
  • Does not include learners who started programs at multiple levels, excluding certificates. For example, a learner that started a master's degree and doctoral degree would be excluded.
  • Does not include learners who have completed more than one program, excluding certificates. For example, a learner that earned a master's degree and doctoral degree would be excluded.
  • Debt is aligned with the degree for learners that have earned a degree and certificates.
  • Time to complete for certificate, master's, MBA, and doctoral programs was determined based on the number of courses in each program, 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. It assumes continuous enrollment (i.e., four quarters a year) and no transfer or prior learning assessment credits. The US Department of Education has defined time to complete for bachelor's degree programs as 4 years. Specific times will vary depending on number of actual transfer or prior learning assessment credits and whether a learner enrolls continuously.
  • Due to small sample size, on-time completion rates and median debt are not provided for programs with fewer than 10 graduates during the 2011–2012 academic year.
  • Cost for doctoral programs was calculated using the estimated number of active quarters to complete the coursework and the estimated average time spent in the dissertation phase both were used to determine the actual cost for each program.
  • Median debt includes Title IV (federal financial aid); private loans; and institutional payment plans used by students for tuition and living expenses.
  • Our Career Center for students and alumni provides resources and support—including personalized resume development, interview preparation, job search strategy, and other career advancement assistance—to help them pursue professional goals. Because most of our students are already employed and do not seek job placement, Capella does not provide job placement services.

Degree Program Information

We publish learning, career, and alumni outcomes for programs for which we have collected enough information to provide meaningful reports. Results for some Capella programs are not available at this time.

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. 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 2012 and June 2013.

Post-Bachelor's Certificates in Business

  • Human Resource Management certificate helps professionals increase their expertise in the principles and practices of the human resource function.
  • Leadership certificate is designed to prepare learners to serve in leadership roles or expand their horizons as future leaders within their current organization
  • Management Consulting certificate is designed to prepare learners to pursue the Charted Management Consultant® (ChMC) designation from the Chartered Institute of Management Consultants®
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Post-Bachelor's Certificates in Technology

  • Information Assurance and Security certificate is designed to prepare learners to manage a large organization's enterprise security based on the 10 domains of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification from International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2
  • Project Management certificate is designed to prepare learners to manage larger projects using methodology based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) from the Project Management Institute (PMI)
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Post-Bachelor's Certificates in Human Services

  • Criminal Justice certificate is designed for professionals who want to increase their knowledge in public safety as it relates to law enforcement and the criminal justice system
  • Health Administration certificate is designed for professionals who want to increase their knowledge in the administrative, economic, and political aspects of health care administration, including strategic planning, organizational leadership and governance, and regulatory compliance
  • Interdisciplinary Forensics certificate is retired
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership certificate is designed for professionals who want to increase their knowledge of the nonprofit sector as it relates to nature, role, and societal impact from local and global perspectives
  • Social and Community Services certificate is designed for professionals who desire greater knowledge in the fundamentals of social and community services.
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Post-Bachelor's Certificates in Nursing

  • Diabetes Nursing certificate is designed for nursing professionals who want to increase their knowledge in the care of people with diabetes or people at risk for diabetes and related metabolic conditions
  • Nursing Leadership certificate is designed for nursing professionals who want to increase their knowledge in health care management and leadership.
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Post-Bachelor's Certificates in Counseling and Psychology

  • Applied Behavior Analysis s certificate supplements previous undergraduate or graduate educational experiences and provides learners with a foundational knowledge of major competency areas in the behavior analytic field.
  • Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior certificate is designed for professionals who want to increase their knowledge of substance abuse, addiction, and compulsive behaviors
  • Contemporary Theory in Couple and Family Systems certificate is designed for professionals who want to increase their knowledge of couple and family therapy
  • Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services certificate is designed for professionals who want to increase their knowledge of assessment and treatment of mental health issues.
  • Diversity Studies certificate is designed for professionals who desire greater understanding of ethnic, gender, cultural and multicultural issues and applications in order to practice in industry, schools, the military, government, and other sectors of American society.
  • Play Therapy certificate is designed for mental health professionals from a variety of backgrounds and specialties.
  • Professional Counseling certificate is retired
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Post-Bachelor's Certificates in Education

  • Adult Education certificate supplements previous undergraduate or graduate educational experiences and provides learners with a foundational knowledge of major competency areas in the field of adult education
  • Higher Education and Leadership Administration certificate supplements previous undergraduate or graduate educational experiences and provides learners with foundational knowledge of major competency areas in the field of higher education
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Post-Master's Certificates in Education

  • College Teaching certificate is designed to assist learners in mastering academic instructional skills, including the ability to teach effectively online.
  • Enrollment Management Certificate is retired
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Post-Master's Certificates in Psychology

  • Specialist Certificate in School Psychology is designed for master's degree graduates with a specialization in School Psychology from Capella University. T
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