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Accreditation provides evidence to learners and the public that an institution meets standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services and fiscal stability.
Accreditation is a factor weighed by many employers, professional associations and other accredited institutions of higher education.
Accreditation can help facilitate the transfer of credits from one accredited institution to another.
Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
In addition to institutional accreditation, Capella University credentials include specialized and program-specific accreditations that recognize the quality of our degree programs.
Capella University’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and MS in School Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through March 31, 2028.
The MS in Marriage and Family Therapy program at Capella University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; 703.838.9808, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capella University’s Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation. For more information about social work accreditation, visit: https://www.cswe.org/accreditation.
Capella University’s Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards through 2024. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation. (CAEP, 1140 19th St NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 223-0077)
Additional information regarding offerings in the CAEP-accredited EPP at Capella may be found here.
Capella University's Master of Human Services program is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education, https://cshse.org/.
Capella’s BS in IT program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org. (The FlexPath option is not included in this specialized accreditation.)
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (https://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
The following program specializations are accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (PMI-GAC). (The FlexPath option for the project management specializations is not accredited by PMI-GAC.)
The GAC Accredited Program seal is a mark of Project Management Institute, Inc.
The following business programs at Capella University are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs:
All specializations that have not been in existence for two years and do not have graduates are not currently eligible for accreditation. This includes the Doctor of Business Administration program specializations in General Management and Organizational Leadership and Development; and the Master of Science in Human Resource Management program specialization in Health Care.
For over 20 years, we’ve made it our goal to provide working professionals with a flexible way to earn a degree. In addition to our accreditations, Capella University has received numerous awards and recognitions.