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 expected time to complete a bachelor's degree is defined by the US Department of Education as 4 years, or 16 calendar quarters. The expected time to complete for Capella's other programs varies, is defined as the median time to complete for each program, and is calculated for programs that have had 10 or more graduates. Capella defines the expected time to complete for each program in active academic quarters as well as total calendar quarters.
The on-time completion rate indicates what percentage of our graduates—working adults with family and career commitments—finish their programs within the expected number of active academic quarters.
The US Department of Labor provides the Standard Occupational Classification system codes (SOC codes) that correspond to occupational information associated with different degrees and program levels. We have linked the SOC codes associated with each program 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 SOC codes 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 credit our students bring into that program.
There are many ways our students reduce their costs in addition to transfer credits, including employer reimbursement, scholarships, grants, credit for prior learning, and military benefits. Most of our students 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 students qualify for financial aid. Median debt indicates the median amount of student debt our graduates incur during their Capella programs, including debt they took on to pay for living expenses.
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.