Capella University Reviews - Master's in
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.
I recently received my MS in Human Services from Capella. I found the professors to be very efficient with grading, responding to email, and very understanding of life situations. The Professor I encountered were very respectful and compassionate about their students success with the program. The academic advisers were also very helpful, as I have had to consult with them on a few occasions. I will admit that the program is a little more costly than others, however, I made the choice to attend, with this in mind. Therefore, I cannot complain about it. My courses were 10 weeks long, and I only took one class per quarter. The financial aide department could benefit from customer service training and honesty. I think, aside from the cost, that Capella is an excellent school to pursue a MS in Human Services.
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.
Great program that does not take years to complete. Supportive professors and wonderful opportunity to interact with peers all over the globe from varying education and career avenues. I learned more than I ever did sitting in a traditional classroom
It's funny, in thinking of a review, I can't say it was all good or all bad. Some instructors were friendly and communicative, and others were less so. I didn't have a problem with any of the instructors. It was the tutors who were my issue. If you're stuck, you can send them a message or post to a bulletin board, but it all depends on their schedule and when they feel like responding. One tutor, in a scheduled chat session (he didn't want to talk on the phone), actually terminated the chat without warning after I told him I didn't understand his explanation to a complex problem. When I brought it to my coach's attention, I guess the tutor was talked to, but sure enough, he's still tutoring. If you can't help a learner better understand the problem, then what's the use of being a tutor? Otherwise, the program went pretty smoothly for me, working full-time and taking approx 2 classes a quarter, I completed it in about 20 months. You have to be focused, disciplined, and have good time management skills, otherwise this is not the program for you.
The flexpath program can be very good since there will be times when you cannot turn in a full assignment during a particular time. During those times be careful with activity/participation. Those submissions, unfortunately may be read with subjective eyes. If they feel things was not explained enough they will not count your weekly participation. In my case I always did my submission the same way and found out later after I was dropped from a course that my previous participation submission was not counted. Because I was using financial aid, I had to pay immediately out of pocket - which I had to borrow - back since the financial aid obligations was not met. Then I had to write and appeal to get back in school/class. This whole process took close to a month before I started back, meanwhile the financial aid clock was still ticking. So I still had to have a certain amount of course/credits completed to keep my financial aid. If you choose to take a chance on them be careful because a mistake on their part could cause you problems that they cannot or will not fix.
I've chosen to attend Capella University because the admissions process was a lot easier to pass; though I prefer a more brick-and-mortar college. Capella is a nice university of itself. However, my program in health care informatics do not live up to the expectations that I had. The courses taken are fluff. I wish the program was more tailored on informatics itself without all of the irrelevant extras. But looks like I'm enrolled in the program for now. This is the only downfall that I have about Capella. Though it does boast on being a good quality online university.
I was a bit skeptical at first, but after the first couple of weeks into my first class, I love it! The staffs at Capella are friendly and helpful. The adviser and counselors are great at coaching and providing information that I needed. The professors are very professional, and they have real life experiences in the course that they teach.
Capella was OK, but TOO expensive. I do NOT recommend it for this reason alone. The instructors were knowledgeable in their field, but to pay the price I paid, for this degree, it was NOT worth it! The Criminal Justice system does NOT pay enough for a person to get a Master's degree!
Everything was going fine until the Resource Kit became mandatory. You have to pay $175 per semester for e-books. To opt out you have to pay $80-$90 and still have to buy your own books. If you chose to pay $175 its extra money for physical books. The school says the money is also going toward peer reviewed journals and other resources. Well what is my tuition money going for? I wouldn't be surprised if they start charging online students for lockers and parking spots. Money grab...