Capella University Reviews - Master's in Business Administration
I completed my undergraduate degree at University of Hawai'i at Manoa in Dental Hygiene. At first, I was skeptical to apply to the MBA program at Capella University because I had absolutely no background in Business. The only business-related course I took in college was Speech, if you even want to account for that. Capella University and their MBA program was a fit for me and my lifestyle because everything was accounted for online and I could "attend" classes when I had time. I am a full-time wife, mom (4-year-old boy), and dental hygienist (about 10 hours/day). With the hours I work, I was unable to attend a traditional university with business classes only on-campus, even with their evening class schedules. I am very happy I chose Capella University. The faculty were very attentive, informative, and understanding of emergency situations I had no control of. I was able to finish my business program in about 26 months- initially, I was pursuing a Masters in Public Health but switched to Business Administration 2 months after being accepted into the program. Capella University worked for my lifestyle and I hope it works for other busy mothers/wives! Although I am continuing to pursue my dental career, I will be using my MBA in the Army Reserves as an Officer in logistics. If it was not for the flexibility of the online program, I would not have been able to pursue a Master's Degree.
I took the FlexPath to get my MBA. It gave me the flexibility to pursue my degree while working full time and having a family. I could work at my own pace and got support from professors and tutors when I needed it. I am so glad I made the decision to get my MBA, because I feel a sense of accomplishment and it will further my career.
I had wanted my MBA for a long time. I started it twice; however, being on call 24/7 just did not allow me to reliably attend a Brick and Mortar school. Only when I taught classes was I able to do the B&M and then I still got interrupted. I thoroughly enjoyed my classes and the interaction with other students. Most of my instructors were very good I had a couple that were not so I transferred out or dropped the class and rescheduled. I wanted my doctorate and looked around of a different school as I thought that would be better. However, I came back to Capella as I did not find a school with the courses available that I wanted. Capella worked with me to adjust the courses I wanted. After taking all required courses except the Comp and Dissertation, I switched to an MS due to the cost and the loss of educational assistance when I changed jobs. My online experience was much better than B&M especially since there were a lot of international students with much different perspectives on the subjects. I would go back for another degree if I could afford it just because I enjoyed the learning, interaction with others and the challenge.
Do Not go to this school . You have to take more classes than other institutions, which means that the school receives more money. At Capella for the Masters Programs you have to take about 16 courses in order to get a degree. The university has 4 quarters Summer Spring Fall And Winter......For each quarter you take 2 classes ( which are 6 week courses) which equals to about $4500 in tuition and you normally receive a $1800 refund. so they get 4500 and you get about 1800 in a refund. But at other institutions they have it to where you only need 8 classes to receive your degree .At other institutions they also have 4 quarters winter summer fall and spring...but at other institutions you only have to take 1 class in each quarter ( classes are about 12 weeks).But at other institutions the school only charges you about the same $2500 but you get a larger refund of about 4000 minimum. so you do the math at Capella you take more classes which allows them to get more money and you receive only 1800 refund checks per quarter or you can go to another institution where you take less classes and receive about $4000 plus in a refund each quarter. I know that its not about a refund..but id rather go to a school that's gives me more than they take.
Prior to enrolling at Capella I did my research, as did everyone else. However, my mother was the one who suggested it to me since she is employed with Kaiser Permanente and they partner with Capella. After enrolling in my MBA program I can tell you that I haven't had any problems with the program or school thus far. According to reviews, the professor's do not care about their students but are only money driven. What I can tell you is that I have had great teachers who are not only very involved in my courses but also responsive! I also receive a call per quarter from my academic advisor regarding my plans moving forward in preperation for the upcoming courses. As far as the comments regarding dropping classes goes, as with any college institution, you should be well aware of the drop dates and anything pertaining to them-- after all, we are adults. The best advice I can give you is to not let other's opinions on an institution sway you from giving it a chance.
I have had a very good experience with Capella University through the instruction to graduation. I would recommend this university to anyone. I love the program layout and know what to expect. The instructors are always there and helpful. The library is full of articles and books to use for research.
Capella University courses are good courses and the program is a very good program. I am currently studying for a Master of Business Administration. The financial aid is horrible and the financial aid organization does not know what it is doing. I was enrolled in a semester or quarter as they call them and I dropped a course within the stated time and checked to make sure that my financial aid would not be affected. The assured me that it was fine. The tuition was not charged for the course however they reversed the aid I received for the course that I took in the 1st semester and then said I owed then $1900.0 for a course that I took and received financial aid for. The financial aid process should not be this difficult or cumbersome.
As an accredited online university, it is build to accommodate those who work and have no time for traditional university. Plus the tuition is much cheaper! The advisors and professors are very helpful and understanding. In some cases they themselves are also graduates from an online program. As someone who has 3 jobs, i am able to comfortably incorporate study and homework time around my job. My hard work pays off tremendously because my professors are there with me, to encourage me and support me. They have a great team in the financial aid department. As someone who has never applied for financial aid, the team was very patient and informal about the process i have to take. As part of the program, one of our weekly assignments is to communicate in a discussion with our colleagues. As an online university, it attracts people of all ages and work background to come together for 6 weeks (per course) and work together. You are able to get a little insight on different industries each person works for and therefore give you a better perspective. It might even help you with you assignments. Whereas for traditional universities, you primarily have people in their 20's who have little to no experience in the work field. Either way, i am happy with the choice i have made in trusting Capella University with my future.