Review Averages: 6.5 out of 10 (197 reviews)Minnesota-based Capella University is a regionally recognized online school. It grants bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business, education, human services, information technology, psychology, public health, and public safety. Graduate students attend three brief residencies on campus in Minneapolis every year. Capella’s one-week mini-courses let prospective students sample online learning.
Capella University Reviews:
56 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Brick & Mortar Snobbery??
May 15, 2013
I am always interested in the negative comments from people. Capella has tens of thousands of students. They are regionally accredited by the same organization that accredits Univ of Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, and many more. Their IT school is ABET certified, their nursing school is certified, etc.... I don't know if you complainers were ever told this, but, at the Masters and Doctoral level you are suppose to teach yourself. Professors are there to assign your tasks and judge your results. Not hold hand every step of the way. Grow up. One individual commented that his employer did not recognize his degree?? Find a different employer. There are a large number of Fortune 500 companies that have corporate alliances with Capella. United Airlines, Wachovia Bank, SAIC, and over 170 other corporations have an alliance. So, lots of employers recognize Capella.
52 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Recommended with Reservations
January 20, 2012
I have finished my coursework and comprehensive examination and am currently writing my dissertation. My sole purpose for obtaining a PhD is to be able to teach at a university at the professorial level (versus instructor) after a 20+ year career as a federal law enforcement officer. My agency offered to pay tuition for any personnel who could justify the need for advanced education; it provided a list of about 30 online schools to choose from. That being said, I cannot comment on value for the money since I’m not paying for my degree. Before entering the LE field, I was a high school science teacher. I earned both my BS and MSc in Biology from traditional brick and mortar universities. I was expecting Capella to be a bit more challenging than it was but that may be due to my science background. Advanced degrees in hard sciences are traditionally more difficult to obtain than other fields. I have nothing but positive things to say about my instructors at Capella. Most are professors at traditional brick and mortar universities and are simply teaching additional classes online in their spare time. With the exception of one, all of them were of high standards and knew the material very well. My biggest complaint with Capella is not so much with the school, but with the students. Capella adheres to an open enrollment policy. This means that they accept pretty much everyone that applies and weeds them out in the end. This is contrary to the traditional method of having to apply to grad school where you are required to pass the GRE (both general and subject), submit an application essay, and network with a professor so you have a research topic already in mind when you apply. Capella students are not subjected to this so there is no entrance standard of writing skills. I would estimate that at least 80% of my classmates were writing at a junior high level. I spent more time trying to decipher what they were writing than actually answering their discussion posts. For the most part, there was absolutely no evidence of critical thinking or advanced writing skills. There would be no way you would encounter this issue in a traditional university as they would’ve not survived the application process. Additionally, whenever you question their writings about theory or sources (most of these people have no concept of citing sources), you’re met with defensive answers and criticism. Spellcheck is a foreign concept to most Capella students. All in all, Capella is a good university. Just be prepared to have to deal with illiterate classmates who end up being weeded out at the end of the process.
51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
You will likely not become a Licensed Psychologist if you attend Capella
July 10, 2012
If you plan to devote several years and thousands of dollars toward obtaining a Doctoral Degree in Psychology, my advice is to attend an APA accredited program. I have few regrets in life but getting my PsyD from Capella was the worst decision I have ever made. It has nearly ruined my professional career. Even though I completed an APA approved internship, passed the EPPP, earned a doctoral degree, I cannot be licensed in the state in which I live because my degree from Capella is WORTHLESS in the eyes of the state board (and most all professionals in the field of psychology). When I asked for support from Capella to appear before the state board they offered NO SUPPORT!!! And this is a common theme. If you want support during and after your program look for another school. If you want to become a Licensed Psychologist - ATTEND AN APA ACCREDITED SCHOOL!!! I hope this helps someone avoid the huge mistake that I made by getting my degree at Capella.
50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
PHD AT CAPELLA
September 7, 2013
After reading most of the reviews in this website, I find that my case is similar to several. The only thing is that I have hired the best lawyers in my State to help me because Capella does not deliver the services that they offer. And in this State, this is called fraud and a scam. I completed the doctoral studies with a 4.0 GPA and passed the Comprehensive Exam in 2011. This is September of 2013 and the faculty continues to bully me around with iterations keeping me in MP#3 (3 out of 16). This is done intentionally in order to prolong my stay in Capella and thus collect more tuition. My SMR (proposal) was completed in 2011 and I know that there is nothing wrong with the study. The study has been revised by scholars outside Capella and the proposal has been validated. What Capella is doing with me is penalized by the laws of this State. I am withdrawing before spending any more $$. I hope the national media gets a hold of Capella and makes this scam public. I think there are enough learners like me who have been victimized. This is sad. I mean that a scam like this is happening in the United States by "scholars," and that they are getting away with it with no accountability for their actions.
48 of 62 people found the following review helpful
March 11, 2013
I am leaving the settings as default since I have just started at Capella (my first semester just ended). What find funny are some of the comments on this site. People are ranting on here about the issues they have had with their PhD programs, yet in the posts you can see horrid sentence structure, incorrect subject-verb agreements and generally hideous grammar. Wow... These people believe they should be at a doctoral level? Another issue I see is the complaint that all they want is your money and the actual schooling is secondary. If that were the case there would not be people complaining about being kicked out at all, right? One last sticking point is one of the older rants on here that blames the courseroom for his lack of competency. If you profess to having two degrees already, in tech, yet you cannot make your computer act correctly with the courseroom, where is the real fail point? I use Mac almost exclusively and I have no issues with the courserooms at all. I will come back and post after another semester or two about my actual review of the content. I just felt the voice of reason had to be spoken about some of the negative posts I have seen on here.
45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Capella not recognized for licensure
February 3, 2012
I hold a PhD in Psychology from Capella University (2006). It is nice to be called Doc, but the reality is that you cannot get licensure as a Psychologist anywhere in the US or its territories from this degree. If you have the appropriate practicums you can get a counseling license. Be sure you have 3 practicums, however, or you will be doing the entire Masters program over again even to get 1 necesary practicum. No other school will accept Capella credits toward a degree, and even Capella will only take a couple toward a new degree. Go to a real school. When you are competing in the field with others who did not cut corners, you will be at a loss if you went to Capella, not to mention the exorbatent expense. Don't forget that you will be paying off Capella student loans FOREVER (really like 30 years). They are federal loans and you can't get out of them even through bankruptcy.
44 of 53 people found the following review helpful
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE REVIEW READ THIS ONE!
April 26, 2011
Capella does not care out you as a student they only care about getting your money. If you are looking for a school to attend for psychology please go elsewhere. I have found out, and so have many of my classmates, that their degree is useless. I sought support from the advising staff at Capella today and was told this "our classes are not designed for licensure". Why else would some seek a masters degree in psychology if they were not going to see a license? I was also told my only option was to transfer to another school. When I spoke with the advising staff about my licensure worries a couple of years ago I was assured I needn't worry. Now that they have $120K of my money they do not care if I transfer to another school for my last semester. For your safety and sanity please seek another school.
39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Not a wise investment if you want to be a Professional or even gradute
April 20, 2012
First of all consider the cost, for this amount of tuition you want to learn something. The course material is very good. With that said you can complete the same work in an independent study format, the instructors are either complacent or bullies, no middle. Consider that some degrees require that you leave your job and/or family for 1 week at least 2 times for residency. The additional out of pocket expense is a challenge without this inconvenience you do not graduate. Consider that other schools offering these same programs give students the option of "Virtual Residency" where the excessive expense, time from work, family and the travel eliminated. Capella does not offer this. Unavailability of necessary technology, if the school is to support people who work, have family's and do not wish to use family vacation time to sit in a residency for 1 week. Consider that Capella's open Courseroom encourages plagiarism. No matter who the information is copied from it is Plagiarism. If you took it from someone else, without citing them it is cheating. If you are a hard worker, go to a traditional school or a school where students are not allowed to view other students work until their work has been posted in the course room. The open course format allows other students who choose to wait for others who have done the research and finished their post first, simply to copy bits and pieces of everyone’s work to complete their work. Sometimes it is not just bits and pieces, sometimes it whole sections or paragraphs. If you find that someone has copied your work as well as others and you report it, it is of no consequence to the cheaters. It has gotten Ridiculous. Suggestions, not to allow students to see other student’s posts until they have posted theirs have been ignored. Consider that the idea of attending an online school is for the convenience of managing life, family, employment and the opportunity for an education. Very important...If you consider Capella be prepared for their administrative changes to cost you some money. If you do all that you believe you need to, to be successful and one of Capella's policies change in mid stream the only options you have of leaving is transferring and losing almost all of your credits. Quitting and wasting all of that tuition, or simply going with the flow and still not being able to graduate because, you decide against the aforementioned. Consider the external resources that you may need to complete the program such as supervised internships. Capella does not actively assist in the REQUIREMENT, so if you are unable to locate the required internship locations, you don’t graduate and time runs out after 3 quarters. Some students have been trying to find internships in their areas for over a year. No help from Capella and this is a graduation requirement. Guess what, while you are in internship status Capella, gets no money, so why should they help. Granted these things could happen anywhere. But before you decide to spend your hard earned money or become buried in loans consider, just how much you are willing to sacrifice by attending Capella. Be strategic in obtaining transferrable credits. Do not stay long if you foresee issues with traveling out of town twice for a week. Consider programs that offer virtual residency to accommodate this inconvenience and expense. If you want to glide through the course content without having to do your own research, then Capella is the school for you. Their open Courseroom encourages students to cheat. However, if you are a dedicated hard worker and want to do the work Do Not, I repeat Do Not attend Capella, to help others glide through the process. Doing this disparages the profession the cheaters are supposedly working to become a member of.
35 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Dont listen to crap people post!!! Very good University
April 30, 2013
I will start by saying I was skeptical as well. I have 2 Bachelor degrees and 2 Master degrees. I wanted to take Doctorate level classes and spent about a year doing research. I made the decision and its the best I could have made. The courses are very challenging and are taught by highly educated individuals from many various schools across the country. The reason, in my opinion, why people say negative things is because they have either thought courses would automatically give them a passing grade or the fact that online Universities are a newer concept compared to brick and mortar schools. Either reason, the University is challenging and I have learned so much in my first year. I believe as they continue to offer such a high level of instruction and the concept of online learning becomes more know, we will see Capella as University that set the bar high for online education.
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Stay Away from Capella
January 4, 2013
During recruitment process Capella was deceptive and I was given misleading information. In effect I was bambozzled. I found that Capella was Fraudulent and Engaged in Deceptive and Questionable Marketing Practices. For example, I was told that Capella had a solid support system in place to help get me through the program and a network of companies that Capella worked with to assist students with getting through their research. Once I reached the point of writing my dissertation, I found out that Capella had no affiliations with any company for me to work with during the dissertation process. Now after my constant complaints about their non responsive and incompetent staff members I am a victim of their retaliation. After receiving approval from the IRB I had a senior staff member asking me to re-write large portions of my dissertation. Now I have to ask myself, how can I get committee approval (3 PhD's), SMR (approved methodology) and IRB approval only now to be asked to do re-writes of chapters that have already been approved. Once you get IRB approval you are not suppose to go back and change anything. This is another example of Capella stringing along its students that will add to cost overruns and additional student loans going in their pockets. Capella want to take your money, run up cost and want you to keep your mouth shut while they do it. Stay far away.
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