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.
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.
Business & Technology
Counseling & Psychology
Health Care & Nursing
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.