Capella University Reviews - Psychology

3.02 out of 5 stars
(97 Reviews)
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54% of 97 students said this degree improved their career prospects
57% of 97 students said they would recommend this program to others
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3.5 out of 5 stars
Okay, but not challenging enough - 11/8/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2021
"I'm halfway through my program and I don't have many complaints. I'm specializing in behavior analysis. I've had no issues with speaking with anyone if I needed to reach financial aid or have any general questions. My professors have been pretty responsive as well. Keep in mind that this an online school. Sadly, no one is going to hold your hand and make you feel like you're a part of something. It's a self accountable program. What you put into it, is what you'll get out of it. I have learned a lot so far and if you have live class meetings that are 'optional', I would urge you to attend those at every opportunity. They could use more live class sessions or lectures to teach the program. Otherwise, if there aren't any live sessions for a class, it can feel very dry, as you'll be basically teaching yourself through readings and discussion with classmates. Also, if you're new to online school or you're returning after a significantly long period, you might feel a little lost navigating the campus site, but you'll get accustomed to it, hopefully. I would add that I don't think the program is very challenging right now (that might change as the course sequence progresses). I also don't think they grade papers as harshly as they should for a graduate level program either. I'm not sure if I'm just a good writer, or whether the standard is pretty low, but I've only seen one professor provide a significant amount of feedback. Anyways, take all that with a grain of salt. Program's okay and the course sequence is ABAI approved. It'll get me where I need to be. I'm not wowed by it and I most certainly would not pursue a PhD through them. Go to a brick and mortar school for that. So in short, I'm sure there are better schools to consider before this one, but if, like me, you were just ready to roll up your sleeves and jump in and just get that course sequence done, it's worth considering, I guess."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Benita Holland - 10/18/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"I completed my Masters and PhD at Capella. It is a great school. My professors were helpful and professional. My mentor during the dissertation process was awesome! The residencies helped me to lay the foundation for my dissertation. It also provided me the opportunity to get to know some of my favorite professors. I completed my PhD in 3.5 years. I highly recommend Capella to others!"
1.6 out of 5 stars
BOB - 10/12/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"I've been applying to Capella for 6 weeks and they still have not finished my application. Capella informed me that, I will still be billed but will not be granted access to my courses until my application is completed. Spoke to the supervisor of Admission who stated due to Covid and people working from home we are behind. THEN DONT BILL ME OR GRANT ME AN EXTENTION. HANDS DOWN THE WORST EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED."
2.3 out of 5 stars
Alexa Hinojosa - 8/13/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"Capella keep advertising itself on Facebook saying that it's a good school. It is a god school however there are some things you need to know before you attend. First they do not grade on the weekends. So if you finish a class on Thursday or Friday you have to wait until Monday to get your grade. If you have a question that you need to ask the teacher in order to finish your assessments you have to wait 48 hours for them to return the email. All teachers have 2 business days to grade your paper. A few get it graded in a day but most take 2. Financial aide is a hassle and they will continue to ask you for the same information over and over. Once you get accepted you will no longer hear from your recruiter, as a matter of fact the recruiter (mine was Katie) will send you an email basically telling you to no longer contact her and if you need any more help you must contact you tutor. Sometimes it takes your tutor days to get back to you and often times you have to schedule an appointment. Some of the assessment are very confusing with verbose instructions that don't really have anything to do with what you are learning. The library sometimes does not have articles that you are looking for and you get no results. Some classes let you use google but one particular class wanted to you use only articles within the last 5 years that had to be scholarly and peer-reviewed. The lowered the results that you would get. If you don't at least get a basic on all of the criteria you can not move to the next class. In the event that instructor does return a paper to you, you have 2 more attempts to get a higher grade. Once again it will take them about 48 hours to grade that paper. Do not come here thinking you can just freely move through the program. Some classes have prerequisites so you can not move to the next class until you finish the class that came before it. Sometimes when you call in you will be on hold for about 30 minutes and they will tell you that your academic advisor is not available and for you to press 2 to speak to someone else. The second person is as helpful as they can possible be but most of the time they will refer you to someone else or take a message. You will be asked to complete assignments that can not be found through simple research. Sometimes you will have to watch YouTube to fully understand what is being asked of you. The instructions to complete assignments are vague and unclear. You will have to read it numerous times just to figure out what is being asked of you. Their system will mess up and you will have to call in to get assistance. The automatic chat option that they have can not recognize simple words that you ask it. This school is strategically designed to keep you in classes as long as possible. You will have to buy programs for particular classes and register for some websites just to get some data to complete your work. You will have to pay 10 dollars for a statistics program to complete one of your classes. If you can go to another school."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Erin Dilley - 6/19/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"I have a lot of good things to say about Capella. I found the work challenging, with a medium amount of academic rigor, I learned a lot in the time I was there. I had to take a quarter off due to health issues and the university was helpful and supportive. Most of my professors have been very good and I have enjoyed my classes. Capella is pretty expensive, but I found it to be worth the money. I did, however, have one or two classes that could have used more instruction; all of the ABA specific classes have 2 hours of instructor contact per week, but the regular psychology classes did not and i certainly felt the absence of weekly check ins with the professor in those classes. I thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from my time in the University."
2.4 out of 5 stars
Carol Powers - 12/14/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2022
"I left the program after one semester. I was never so disappointed and all of it stems from their online system which goes down constantly is complex and not user friendly, Even at the end of the term I cannot access my grades. The professor was not approachable and I found the whole university to be less responsive than I had come to believe. Run Away!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Psystudent - 10/21/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"Considering the fact that I have a Master's in Education, and am in a Doctorate Psychology program at another school, I can say I felt scammed by this school. I Signed up to take some elective credits for transfer, with the Flex Path program which is a complete disaster. Now I have F's on my transcripts and never did before! Many of the instructors give very poor feedback which makes it difficult to improve your work, and if you ask them for clarification they will not help you. Good luck getting a hold of one of a tutor. If you do they can be more helpful that the instructor, but sometimes they are on leave and no one tells you, and then of course it's time to roll over to a new billing period. You feel like they are trying to scam you towards the end of every billing period so you'll have to pay for another."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Caveat emptor - 9/24/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2024
"Caveat emptor (Buyer beware!) I received my Master's Degree in I/O Psychology from Capella and was encouraged to gain a General Psych PhD from them as well. I pursued the PhD in General Psych and was bored to death, tons of Statistics classes. I wanted more education so joined the I/O Psych doctoral program. Great classes. I was a presidential awarded student every single semester obtaining honor role status. My dissertation topic was a struggle as it was geared towards a qualitative design that I convinced could be a quantitative design. The founder of Appreciative Inquiry was intrigued with my effort and wanted to see the study completed. At some point, I was assigned a new mentor who disagreed with my design and failed my efforts in two semesters meaning I was kicked out of the program. I had requested a mentor change after realizing this woman and I did not connect on any dimensional level (mental, emotional or spiritual). She was a "NO" person! I also lost my academic advisor my first summer into the program and was never reassigned. Literally, my 100K+ in student loans will NOT be allowed to complete the degree. I am scratching my head wondering what happened. This woman literally was allowed to side swipe me no matter how much arguing I persisted with. It's as if the University has a "terminator" for firing maxed out students. They didn't know whether I had outside investment dollars to complete my education. Don't let this happen to you. I'm in debt and will complete my PhD elsewhere. Capella has grown too large too fast and the systems are breaking down from the pressure. Integrity has vanished from the moral fabric of the University. I normally do not write negative reviews, but this time something highly unusual occurred and the future PhD student needs to be cautious and aware. If you're assigned the "terminator" mentor all I can say is you were warned."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Heidi - 7/22/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"The reviews against the programs have been that there isn't enough support, but I was offered multiple different support avenues. Professors were incredible with a live class/week, and always asked if we needed any extra help. There were extra lectures available and my advisor called periodically each quarter to check on my progress. Any questions I had were answered immediately and I now proudly have my graduate degree. It was a lot of work and reading, as expected, and so worth it!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Grace Holcombe Preuett - 5/15/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"I was in a lost place of my life when I came to a realization that if I wanted better, I needed to bite the bullet and go to college. So here I am now 26 years old and in my third year of Capella about to graduate. I love this school and would recommend it to EVERYONE! Yes, there are certain things that people would rate poorly but overall I never had a major concern or situation that contacting the school could not fix. I am a proud Capella Student."
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