Capella University Reviews - MBA
I have always thrived in online courses. I tend to compete the reading and assignments quickly so Flexpath was a great option for me. I transferred 6 credits and completed the MBA program in 13 months. This helped me save money because the more courses I completed each quarter the more money I saved. I completed this entire program for under $13,000!
I compared the curriculum of the FlexPath MBA program to other schools across U.S.A. over a few months. The evaluation of most schools led me back to Capella University. The customer value proposition of curriculum, online-learning, self-pacing to complete each course, the tuition rate, financial aid, and the positions held by graduates across the country more than suggested that Capella's program was the right choice. The FlexPath program leverages life experience to complete each course; most assignments were completed as if a boss tasked me to write a paper for decision support. FP MBA program applies relevant academic perspective with public perspective to solve business problems. Most assignments offer instant takeaways to put into practice; I can debate with confidence with other MBA's in the market. I am being interviewed for roles because of the BBA/MBA mix and respectable grades. If you're seeking an MBA, yet have time and budget limitations, Capella U FlexPath MBA program will position you over 12-18 months to raise your market value.
Capellas FlexPath is a standout option in the world of online universities. Capellas program is robust, self-driven, and challenging - things that were very important to me. The self-managed pace worked perfectly with my volatile work schedule. Not only does Capella want you to succeed, they want you to excel. The entire staff is behind you 100% and was extremely helpful when needed. My MBA from Capella is highly regarded by my companys leadership and my peers. Successful businesses constantly innovate and learn to adapt. Thats exactly what Capella is doing at an industry leading pace.
FlexPath is sold as a flexible way to complete a degree program, but it's so poorly executed that I can't recommend it to anyone. There is vast inconsistency in how each course is presented. Most are sorely lacking in resources to complete the course, or are so vague in their resource recommendations that you'll need to be entirely self-sufficient. Where software is needed (e.g. statistics), there is virtually zero guidance on which package to use or how to obtain it for free or at a discount (Other than SAS, which is impossible to learn quickly enough to be useful). Policy regarding academic engagement are not aligned with the website rules, so if you're interacting in spurts (as will be the case with most professionals), you'll be annoyed with warnings and the occasional course drop even though you've not violated policy. It really could be a great program with some attention, but in 2.5 years that I've been enrolled it's not improved. My advice, keep looking.
Great program, and very applicable to real world business. Focused on leadership methodologies and theories which I could apply immediately. Each class was a learning opportunity and not just an exercise to get my degree. Capella's professors provided good guidance and feedback on submitted assessments. Tutors were always available though I didn't have to use their service. Flexpath program is geared to those students who want to manage their own timeline and are willing to put in the effort to learn at their own pace.
I went through the MBA program the same time a friend went through the MBA program at St. Thomas. My coursework and class requirements were much more rigorous and demanding. I don't think I would have been hired at my current company or promoted to the executive level job I have without my MBA from Capella.
I can not put into words what Capella means to me. I originally started my MBA with Capella back in 2005 but had to stop the following year. I just recently restarted my degree endeavor in April 2011 and was surprised by the welcome I received from the admissions staff. They bent over backwards to assist me in the degree completion process. My counselor was also able to get me going with the degree and helped me save nearly $2000 from jump street. Since then, every time I have questions I am always able to reach someone at Capella. When I have left messages, I was contacted in return by a staff member to offer information. Now, I am only 5 courses from graduating and will earn my MBA in Global Operations and Supply Chain Management in the spring. At work, I have already seen a benefit from my degree. I also posted my resume on line and get multiple calls from various recruiters and employers. Also, every few months, an advisor contacts me to discuss my future course selections and my educational plan. It is definitely a positive experience. Whenever I have had issues, the advisor assists in remedying them within a few days.
I would suggest that anyone that is desiring to attend Capella take a moment and assess all those negative reviews about Capella and see the commonality in them - they all have problems and blame the problems on the school. I found that even in my undergraduate school, similar negative scenarios played out with some students. I had negative experiences during undergrad and was able to overcome them and graduate but everyone has a different experience. Some people just can't see beyond the forest and know there is a wide open meadow beaming with sunshine ahead. I pray your Capella experience is similar to mine.