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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.

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.

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. All the certificates shown here are post-baccalaureate unless indicated by (UG) for undergraduate certificates or (PMC) for post-masters certificates. 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 2014 and June 2015.

The specializations, minors and certificates listed below have been retired. Capella does not report learning and career outcomes data for retired offerings but does provide information on expenses, completion rates, and career information for those retired offerings for which we still have learners enrolled. All the certificates shown here are post-baccalaureate unless indicated by (UG) for undergraduate certificates or (PMC) for post-masters certificates.

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 April 2016 and March 2017.

BS in Public Administration

BS in Business

BS in IT

BS in Public Safety

Doctor of Public Admin

Doctor of Public Health

Doctor of Psychology

Master of Business Administration

Master of Health Admin

Master of Nonprofit Management and Leadership

MS in Career Counseling

MS in Counseling Studies

MPA and MS in Public Safety

MS in Homeland Security

MS in Higher Education

MS in Human Services

MS in Information Systems and Technology Management

MS in Information Systems and Technology Management FlexPath

MS in IT

MS in Leadership

MSN

Master of Public Admin

Master of Public Health

MS in Public Safety

MS in Clinical Psychology

MS in Psychology

Doctor of Business Admin

PhD in Business

PhD in Business Mgmt

PhD in Counseling Studies

PhD in Education

PhD in Human Services

PhD in IT

PhD in Organization & Mgmt

PhD in Public Safety

PhD in Psychology

Certificates

 

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 

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 capstone or 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.

Students graduating on time

The students graduating on time section indicates what percentage of our Title IV graduates (students who received Title IV at any time for attendance in the program) – working adults with family and career commitments — finish their programs within the expected program length.

Program costs

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 without any transfer or prior learning credits.

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 and we offer resource kits for a quarterly fee in many programs to cover eBooks, textbooks, interactive media, software, and course packs.

Students borrowing money

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 figures in this section show the median amount of student debt our Title IV graduates incur during their Capella program, including debt they took on to pay for living expenses. The loan payment is based on the interest rate provided by the Department of Education.

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.

  • The population is for each program is based on the program length and the learners who enrolled in a cohort defined by that length. For example, if program length is 48 months, the cohort is learners who enrolled between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. If a certificate length is 9 months, then the cohort is learners who enrolled between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Costs for undergraduate, master's, MBA, and certificate programs were calculated using the estimated number of active quarters to complete the coursework and costs for colloquia if applicable. Cost for doctoral programs was calculated using the estimated number of active quarters to complete the coursework, costs for colloquia if applicable, and the estimated average time spent in the capstone or comps and dissertation phase.
  • Total debt was calculated based on the last reported combined loan total from federal and internal Capella sources.
  • Capella program debt was calculated by subtracting total debt from the incoming debt.
  • Debt is aligned with the degree for learners that have earned a degree and certificates.
  • Median debt includes Title IV (federal financial aid); private loans; and institutional payment plans used by students for tuition and living expenses.
  • Due to small sample size, on-time completion rates and median debt are not provided for programs with fewer than 10 graduates.
  • 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.