Capella University Reviews - Master's in Psychology
Review of Psychology Masters Degrees
The Flexpath program was perfect for me. I was able to work at my own pace and complete the degree in less time than with a traditional program. There was always a way to contact someone for help or clarification on an assessment. The feedback and comments left by the professors where helpful and added to my content knowledge.
As a current student at Capella University, I have been so impressed by the quality of education and communication with Capella faculty that I have experienced so far. Online learning is not new to me since I earned my undergraduate degree online as well. For a graduate program, I thought it might be limiting to further my education online instead of in a traditional setting. However, I have received the same amount and quality of knowledge regardless of the setting and I have experienced great communication with my professors. They have always been eager to give feedback and helpful in many ways. Every staff member I have communicated with has shown me kindness and has put the effort in to connect with me and help in any way they can.
Absolutely awful. Communications go unanswered for weeks at a time. Class requirements aren't included in the syllabus. Don't find about about "requirements" until you've submitted assignments. Structured so you have to keep paying tuition and never quite meeting hidden objectives. Easily the worst education experience I've had. DO NOT GO HERE.
The beginning process to apply was even brutal. The man I spoke to to select a major was helpful but once I decided to apply, it was a mess. Passwords and usernames didn't work. Online support was not helpful. They could not even figure out my login issues and had to email me that they will reach out later once its resolved, which wasn't swift. This happened multiple times. It was a mess. If this is what I experienced in the beginning, the actual classes must be a nightmare electronically. I decided to select another school.
This school is a joke. Half way through the program I wanted to quit, but I told my self I should stick with it to the end. The semester I decided to withdrawal I didn't complete the course. The teacher sent me an email AFTER the course ended. I told him I was not intending to continue. He asked if I would answer a one question quiz in the class, so I did not thinking it would matter since the class ended. Well, because I answered that 1 question quiz I got an F instead of a W. THANKS!!!!!! Not wanting to transfer an F on my record, I started again. Still not happy with the program I stopped another course after week 4, I got an A in that class without having done work for 6 weeks. At that point I only had 4 classes left to complete the degree so I did. Thinking it couldn't hurt, right? Boy was I wrong,----- Employers are not hiring resumes with Capella University listed on them. This school was one of a very few with the program I went into which is the only reason I went there. Now I have an outrageous amount of debt, and no job thanks to this school. If employers think the degree is a joke then student loans from this school should be erased. Close this hungry money mill down. Anyone please start a class action law suit!
The program is rigorous and requires a lot of time a research. If you are uncertain of your goals I wouldn't recommend approaching an online masters course as the time you need to allot to a successful education will surpass the amount time most people have. I personally found the advisors to be useless and the professors to be the best route for learning more about your career and how to prepare every step.
Capella has a wonderful learning environment for most classes. I was able to work when I needed to and had several instructors that were understanding when I has a home issue and needed to turn in work a couple of days late. I have run across classrooms that have instructors that were hard to read. I mean that once I thought I had figured out what they were expecting of me in my work, then it would change a bit for the next assignment. Otherwise I have never had a bad class through the school. Financial aid has been helpful when needed and my advisor was fantastic when helping me get my program set up. Online schooling is not for the faint of heart and you must be self motivated to do well in these classes and in this environment. If you are, then you should do well here. I liked my Master's experience enough that when I was ready for my PhD program I came back to Capella. I am a few quarters into my PhD and the classes run how I remember them.
I enrolled in Capella University Psychology dept. I was working full time, but thought a higher degree would help me. The time and money I spent on this so called education is a farce. I was bombarded by phone calls, email and snail mail that Capella would provide me with an excellent education. BUT SPACE WAS Limited. So I fell for their hype. The course room was inoperable most times, assignments were failed or sent back due to a missing quote mark. Financial aid was pushed constantly, because if I did not accept the award, there would be none next quarter. This is a for profit business. Oh one more thing, when I attempted to apply to jobs Capella said were available, sorry job never existed. The real kicker was when I actually secured an interview for an I/O Psychogist, the interviewer snickered when she told me my degree wasn't a real degree. I can still hear her laughter as I left, that has been 10 years ago. I stopped putting Capella University on my resume.
I have been a student at Capella for a year now, and I must say that my experience has been wonderful. I don't want to talk about the school itself in detail, but I want to talk about personal responsibility, the changing world, perceptions, and reality. I want to start first by mentioning my sister is a graduate of Colorado State University, with a degree in sociology; c/o 2003, I chose to join the Air Force 4 years prior; 1999. So we left the nest at the same time, and did different things with our lives, she picked education, I picked to go straight into the workforce, and no, she did not participate in distance learning, she she did all of her work on campus, in Fort Collins. When she graduated, she had very high hopes for her future now that the was equipped with the knowledge she needed to be of professional value to some entity. To her disappointment, no one wanted a fresh college graduate, why? take some guesses? between the time she graduated, and up unitl about 3 years ago, she could not find steady work in her field or related fields. To make my point here, your degree, no matter where you get if from is only worth what you do with it, and what someone is willing to pay for the services you can provide based off your education. People think because it is distance learning the experience will be easy, but the reality of it is that it is not, you will have to fight with financial aid sometimes here just like you would at Colorado State, or you may have a professor who is just not a people person, just like you would at Colorado State; same challenges, just in a different way. One's education is what they make of it, how much are they willing to learn? and how much effort fo they want to put forth? It is only the schools job to provide you with the information and insight, they are not supposed to just give you good grades because you come to class and go through the motions, that is not learning. To end, I am sorry to reveal to some that for-profit program are no different that others, if you think this is not true, consider this, go to CSU's admissions office and say" I would like to enroll" and when they ask you "how will you be paying for your education, say, " I want to go here for free" and wait for the campus police to arrive, point is, even though most schools o not advertise they are for-profit, they essentially all are .
I am a current student working on my MA in Psychology through Capella University. Not gonna lie, my experience with this school has been sub-par. I would like to point out however, that my enrollment counselor, Pete was amazing through the enrollment process. But that's where the good experience stopped. First, they enrolled me in the wrong program, took them 2 weeks to get that corrected and so I was basically paying for tuition even though I did not have access to classes. Second, I am currently in my third course and registering for classes has been a nightmare- for some reason it never goes smoothly and there have been numerous "holds" on my account which were explained to me as "system errors". Yes they apologized for this, but apologies only go so far when it's a continuous problem. SO finally enrolled in my third class and here I am waiting on my tuition reimbursement. I was told this disbursement would occur in the third week of April...well its now May 6th and I have yet to receive it. My tuition comes out of my disbursement so of course I have been getting calls letting me know that my tuition is over due. NO KIDDING, SO IS MY DISBURSEMENT. I called the financial aid department today wondering where my reimbursement was and after a 20 minute hold complete with the worst hold music I've ever heard...the lady comes on and tells me...wait for it... its a system error and it should have been disbursed 2 weeks ago and she is very sorry. SHOCKING! *eye roll. So now I am getting harassing phone calls regarding my late tuition payment when it's not my fault...said financial aid, and remember, the phone calls are all recorded so I invite them to listen to them. UGH this will be my last class with Capella due to their serious lack of customer service, neglect for their students and failure to relay important information. I thank God I am on top of my stuff because other wise I would be enrolled in the wrong program, with access to no classes, and no financial aid. DONE DONE DONE. Also, id like to note that I currently work at a university on-campus as a financial aid representative. Their job is not that hard I promise, I do it every single day. How a university can conduct themselves this way and still be allowed to serve students is beyond me. Bottom line, find another school!