First things first. I did not attend this university in hopes of forwarding my career. I was in line for a promotion already that was dependent on having a master's degree. It did advance my career, but I could have attended any other university for my master's degree and I could have said the same thing. That being said, I very much appreciated my time at Capella. My ability to become and independent thinker, researcher, and learner are due in large part to this school. If you want guidance and need your hand held, do not attend this school. If you have a solid educational foundation, this is a great place. I never thought I would enjoy writing research papers as much as I did for this program...and yes, every class I took had a major writing component. There are certainly drawbacks, but I can think of drawbacks for every brick and mortar university of have attended. This program allowed me to thoroughly and critically think about my opinions, not just spew at the mouth like I would in group settings in other classes I have attended. I am very pleased with this experience.