Capella University
Minneapolis, MN

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School’s History

Capella University began as the Graduate School of America in 1993 by Stephen Shank and Dr. Harold Abel. At that time, the school offered online master’s and doctoral degrees in a few subjects, such as Education, Human Services and Management.

By 1997, the school became accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Academic offerings continue to expand to PhDs. In 1999, the school formally changed its name to Capella University, referencing a bright star – and the bright future of their students. The next year, the institution adds bachelor degrees to their offerings.

Throughout the late 2000s, the school continued to grow and gain various accreditations and honors. By 2013, the school offered 43 programs, employed over 2,500 people, and have awarded degrees to over 35,000 graduates. Today, the school has 51 programs with over 1,840 courses and a total of 60,048 degrees have been conferred since 1993.


Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
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The school was also the first online learning institution to participate in the Academic Quality Improvement Program where schools are reviewed annually, instead of the traditional 10-year basis.

Other program-specific accreditations include:

● The American Counseling Association’s Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
● The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
● The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
● The Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET
● The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
● The Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (PMI-GAC)
● The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Online Programs

Capella University’s online program is called FlexPath. Capella University’s FlexPath option is available for certain programs, not all. Over the course of 12 weeks, students learn at their own pace without pre-set deadlines.

FlexPath¹ is currently available for select bachelor’s, certificate, and master’s programs in business, health care, information technology, nursing, and psychology.

BS — Accounting
BS — Business Administration
BS — Health Care Management
BS — Human Resource Management
BS — Project Management
BS — Management and Leadership
MBA — Accounting
MBA — Business Intelligence
MBA — Entrepreneurship
MBA — General Business Administration
MBA — Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
MBA — Health Care Management
MBA — Human Resource Management
MBA — Project Management
Certificate — Business Intelligence
Certificate — Business Management
Certificate — Entrepreneurship
Certificate — Management Consulting

MEd — Teaching and Learning²

Health Care
MHA — General Health Administration
Certificate — Health Administration

Information Technology
BS — General Information Technology
BS — Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
BS — IT Project Management
BS — Minor: Network Technology: Cisco
BS — Minor: Network Technology: Microsoft
BS — Minor: System Development: Mobile
BS — Minor: System Development: Web Application

RN-to-BSN/MSN — Combined Option
MSN — Care Coordination³
MSN — Nursing Education
MSN — Nursing Informatics³
MSN — Nursing Leadership and Administration
RN-to-MSN Care Coordination³
RN-to-MSN Nursing Education³
RN-to-MSN Nursing Informatics³
RN-to-MSN Nursing Leadership & Administration³

BS — General Psychology
MS — Child and Adolescent Development
MS — Educational Psychology
MS — General Psychology
MS — Industrial/Organizational Psychology
MS — Sport Psychology

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¹Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

²This program has not yet been evaluated by the Minnesota State Approving Agency and is therefore not currently eligible for VA benefits.

³The FlexPath option for this program is not currently approved for federal financial aid by the U.S. Department of Education.

 Admissions requirements for FlexPath

Our commitment to your success begins at admission. Enrollment counselors are here to help you understand your online application as well as your program-specific admission requirements. Here’s what’s required:

  • Ability to understand, read, speak, and write fluently in English.
  • Official transcript(s) from previous institutions for degree and post-degree coursework.
  • A 3.0 GPA as defined by your program.
  • For bachelor’s program: high school diploma or equivalent and 45 transferable college credits.
  • For master’s program: a bachelor’s degree. Some programs may require that this degree be in the field in which you intend to study, or that you have a minimum amount of relevant, professional experience in that field.
  • RN-to-BSN and MSN applicants must also hold current, unrestricted RN license (or its equivalent) to practice in at least one United States jurisdiction.

Get in touch with us. FlexPath is a unique, online-learning format and we want to make sure it’s right for you.

Step into FlexPath is an option for those who don’t qualify for FlexPath. This gives you an opportunity to start a program in our GuidedPath learning format, and then transition into FlexPath upon successful completion of a set number of courses, as determined by your program, at a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Unlike the traditional learning experience, FlexPath learners lean on videos, articles, and their own work experience to complete curriculum. Grading is based on how well students understand and solve problems. Students can take advantage of one-on-one coaching as well as FlexPath tutors to help them succeed through each assessment. A custom social media channel is also available for students to interact with and support one another.


As of December 2015, Capella University had approximately 1,574 faculty members and facility administrators. Of those, 87 percent of faculty have doctorates in their area of expertise and study. Professors and faculty are located across the United States, as well as six foreign countries.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Dedicated to making learning affordable to students of all walks of life, Capella University offers a variety of financial aid and scholarships to students. Military can receive a 5 to 10 percent discount on their tuition. Capella’s experienced staff will help you understand your estimated total costs and provide customized options for financing and helping reduce tuition costs.  Connect with an enrollment counselor at 1.866.679.9687 to learn more about:

• Federal financial aid
• Non-federal student loans
• Employer tuition reimbursement
• Military and veterans education benefits
• Scholarships for new and enrolled students
• Transfer credit and prior learning assessment


School Awards and Recognitions

Capella University has been a leader in online learning since the early 2000s, and has had a wide range of awards and other recognitions to show for it for students and faculty alike.

● Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense by the Department of Homeland Security
● Named one of the Best Places to Work by Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal
● Named one of the Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by G.I. Jobs magazine
● Recognized by QualityMatters for its public safety programs
● Recipient of the 2016 Excellent in Assessment award
● Recipient of the 2015 Adventures in Innovation award
● Recipient of the 2014 WECT (WOW) award for its FlexPath online learning program
● Partner with the American Nursing Association
● Named a Yellow Ribbon organization by the State of Minnesota


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Tuition for FlexPath courses is offered at a flat rate and depending on how quickly or how slowly a student wants to earn their degree, costs can vary. The flat tuition rate for one 12-week course ranges from $2,200 to $2,500 for bachelor degrees, while masters degrees and certificate programs clock in around $2,400 per 12-week billing cycle. For example, if a student took four courses, they could finish their bachelor’s degree in one year for $13,200. The same degree would take six years and cost $57,200 if a student took one class a year.

Career Advancement

Capella University works closely with recruiters to ensure graduates have a job lined up before they walk across the stage to pick up their hard-earned diploma. To date, the university has over 5,000 partnerships with businesses and professional organizations. Graduates have gone on to work at over 1,000 different academic institutions across the country. According to a survey done by Capella University, approximately 98 percent of employers who hired Capella graduates felt their performance on the job was exceptional.

Capella University also has a robust alumni program, allowing graduates to network with one another and volunteer for great causes. The school’s website features a special portal where alumni can log in and see upcoming events, find continuing development opportunities, and reconnect via social media.

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