Capella University is a private institution based in Minneapolis, Minn., that is known for its high-quality online degree programs. The university’s roots go back to 1991, when Stephen Shank, the former CEO of Tonka Corporation, started the corporate entity that would later become Capella Education Company. In 1993, longtime higher education leader Harold Abel helped Shank found the Graduate School of America, which would later become Capella University.
Over the years, Capella has received many accolades, including the CHEA award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes for 2010, and the Learning Impact Award from IMS Global Learning Consortium for excellent use of technology in support of learning in 2009, among others. Capella is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to qualifying Capella students.
Capella’s online campus and course room contains everything a student needs to get connected at Capella and succeed in their courses. The online campus allows students to create a personalized profile, connect with an academic advisor to plan out their degree program, and access support staff, such as online librarians, financial aid staff, and career counselors. The online course room contains all of a student’s course materials and discussion boards, and allows students to submit assignments and check grades.
At Capella University Online, students can choose from a wide range of programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level, as well as certificate programs in a variety of areas. Bachelor’s programs available through the School of Undergraduate Studies include accounting, business administration, criminal justice, healthcare management, network technology, and more. Students interested in graduate study have the option to pursue combined bachelor’s/master’s programs that allow them to earn graduate credit while completing their bachelor’s degree.
At the master’s level, students can choose from a variety of programs available through the School of Business and Technology, School of Education, School of Public Service Leadership, and the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Included among these many programs is an online MBA program with numerous specialization options, including business intelligence, entrepreneurship, finance, information technology management, marketing, and more. In addition, master’s-level nursing programs for registered nurses include diabetes nursing, general nursing, gerontology nursing, and nurse educator. Last but not least, students who are interested in careers in research, academia, consulting, or professional practice may wish to pursue one of Capella’s many online doctoral programs.