Capella University

225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor, Minneapolis, MN

Campus image of Capella University

Capella University is an accredited institution of higher learning that offers online education at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels including bachelor's, MBA / master's, and doctoral degrees.  Capella University also offers the Education Specialist (EdS) degree, and many professional certificates for working adults who wish to upgrade their career skills.

Capella University has been internationally recognized for the quality of its online education programs.  Capella has received accreditations, state approvals, certifications and many recognitions and designations.

Capella offers special resources and support programs for military veterans and their families.  The university has won several "top military-friendly university" awards.

Capella University Mission Statement:

The mission of Capella University is to extend access to high quality bachelor's, master's, doctoral and certificate programs for adults who seek to maximize their personal and professional potential. This mission is fulfilled through innovative programs that are responsive to the needs of adult learners and involve active, engaging, challenging, and relevant learning experiences offered in a variety of delivery modes.


In 1991, former CEO of Tonka Corporation, Stephen Shank, founded Capella University.  Shank felt traditional universities did not meet the needs of many working adults, and he envisioned a university that working people could attend conveniently from any location. Capella University initially offered online graduate degrees in management, education and human services.  Today Capella offers 44 undergraduate and graduate degrees in 136 areas of specialization.


Courses are offered throughout the year so that students may enroll in a program at any time, to fit their busy schedule.

Capella University students may choose from a variety of degree programs including business management, health care, higher education, capital management, information technology, K-12 education, mental health, public administration, and public safety, among others.

Colleges and Schools

Capella University offers more than 40 academic degree programs with 136 specializations, through its schools, which include:

  • School of Business and Technology
  • School of Education
  • School of Public Service Leadership
  • Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Undergraduate Studies

Student Life

Students can use "Capella Mobile," an iPhone application and mobile site that works on nearly all mobile devices, to access a Course Dashboard, degree plan, Capella News, financial aid alerts, contacts and more.

Community Life

Capella University faculty and staff participate in many annual events around the country, including academic, professional and community events.

Capella University faculty and staff also provide free live webinars to working professionals. These free web seminars aim to provide strategies for career advancement to working professionals.

Capella offers and online "Community Map" so students can connect to faculty and other students in a virtual "community."

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences


Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies


Public Administration and Social Services

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

*Amounts for tuition, fees, and supplies are an estimate which are calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only.
**Repayment rates, earnings, and loan payments are estimates and should be treated as informational tools only, contact the school for official information.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Note: Financial aid is only available for those who qualify, check with the school for details.

Tuition & Fees Information

Undergraduate Courses - Tuition Details

  • Annual tuition is estimated to range between $13,000-$16,000
  • Per unit charges are around $400 for part time students

Graduate Courses - Tuition Details

  • The estimated tuition range for graduate students is around $14,000-$17,000 per year
  • For part-time students, charges are between $530-$630 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid100%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships67%$5,559
Receiving Student Loans100%$5,102

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Contact Information

General Contact

Admissions Office

Financial Aid Office

School Map