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Build critical business skills and gain the credentials you need to advance your career with this General MBA specialization. This specialization is designed to provide a thorough study of core business functions, paired with professional effectiveness course work that emphasizes best practices for leading and managing others in such skill areas as change management, team building, and employee development. People who choose this specialization are often pursuing management, director-level, or consulting positions in a wide variety of corporate settings.

The FlexPath option offers the potential to significantly reduce the cost of earning your degree, accelerate the time required for degree completion, and better align your learning to the needs of employers and society. Traditionally, degree programs are constructed around credit hours that measure the time required to complete specific courses. Under, FlexPath, degree programs are constructed around the direct assessment of demonstrated competencies. While resources will be recommended, you can use any materials and resources you choose, including textbooks, eBooks, simulations, videos, articles, and work experiences. This new competency-based format allows you to complete course work at your own pace throughout each quarter. Once you believe you have mastered the course concepts, you will complete activities to demonstrate specific competencies by the end of the quarter.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for this program. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course—the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they’ve learned.

2017-2018 Demonstration of Program Outcomes

Master of Business Administration Flexpath

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Integrate principles of ethics and integrity into business decisions.

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Integrate information across disciplines from differing perspectives.

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Think critically and analytically to provide evidence-based solutions to business challenges and opportunities.

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Communicate clearly and effectively in a business environment.

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Apply leadership and collaboration principles and strategies for virtual, global, and culturally diverse environments.

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Apply innovative, strategic, and sustainable approaches to business practice and planning.

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Apply foundational knowledge and an understanding of business systems, processes, and technology within and across core disciplines.

Capella Learning and Career Outcomes - Master of Business Administration Outcomes (FlexPath)

Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q2 2017 — Q1 2018 capstone courses.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) specializations

  • Health Care Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Project Management
  • Self-Designed

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • The Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) has accredited Capella University business programs and specializations. Full accreditation statement including list of programs and specializations is available.
  • Capella's MBA faculty members are also business professionals—bringing a balance of academic expertise and professional experience to the fields in which they teach.
  • Capella's MS, MBA, and BS project management curriculum is designed around A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
  • Capella has developed educational alliances with more than 175 corporations, including leading organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, U.S. Bank, and Farmers Insurance Group.
  • The Human Resource Management MBA specialization has gained acknowledgement from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM®) that the curriculum aligns with SHRM's® HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

Master of Business Administration Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Business Administration degree program have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Career Preparation

Master of Business Administration Graduates

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Career Preparation
Master of Business Administration Degree Program Graduates

The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career: 62%

My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions: 66%

Capella's competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession: 76%

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Career & Professional Accomplishments

Master of Business Administration Graduates

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Career and Professional Accomplishments

Master of Business Administration Degree Program Graduates

Made a significant contribution to my profession: 49%

Successfully changed jobs and-or-careers: 55%

Assumed leadership responsibilities: 51%

Received a salary increase: 33%

Received a promotion: 53%

Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.

Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Master of Business Administration Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Business Administration degree program have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella

Master of Business Administration Graduates

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Satisfaction with Capella

Master of Business Administration Degree Program Graduates

I have or intend to recommend Capella: 79%

I am satisfied with my Capella education: 90%

Capella gave me the most efficient direct path to completing my degree: 87%

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Skills & Abilities
All Information Technology Master's Graduates

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Skills & Abilities

Master of Business Administration Degree Program Graduates

Write clearly, accurately, and professionally; use sources appropriately : 93%

Communicate thoughts and ideas in varied settings : 97%

Show ethical conduct reflecting values and beliefs of discipline : 96%

Show knowledge of field; respect contributions of other fields : 93%

Analyze theoretical issues or investigate real-world phenomena, create knowledge : 97%

Locate, evaluate and communicate information; address legal, professional, other issues : 93%

Critically examine, analyze, and evaluate thinking using intellectual standards and creativity : 90%

Critically evaluate, select, and use discipline-appropriate technology : 93%

Show appreciation for group and individual differences : 97%

Demonstrate effective leadership in diverse environments : 93%

Apply the specialized knowledge associated with professional practice area : 97%

 

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q2 2018.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6), provide some information about completion, expenses, and occupations. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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