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Capella has offered me an intense study into the effects of technology on education, prepared me to feel confident to continue my research in the field beyond graduation, and given me the confidence to serve as a leader in my school. The professors are extremely real world driven many of whom are doing research along side their students to continue to make an impact in the field together. Collaboration, flexibility, responsibility, real-world application, etc. are just a few of the descriptors I would use to describe the opportunities I've received from Capella University.
The marriage and Family Counseling Therapy Program is a great program. It covers many aspects of mental health issues that plague our society. The program focuses on issues surrounding families as a unit. Although individual therapy is covered in the curriculum, its focus is healing the individual through family involvement. The MFCT program is similar to the coursework covered in tradional schools. However I would suggest studying hard and researching various books and videos to further your professional knowledge.
Capella is a phenomenal university. The staff at all levels create an environment that is conducive to receiving a quality education that will be useful in entering a profession or advancing your career. At Capella University, you are not just a number in a computer; you are a person to them. Throughout your time with Capella you are connected with an advisor who is there not only to help you plan your classes. They are also there to cheer you on, give you advice, advocate for you, and support you in any other way they can. The Mental Health Counseling program is intense. There is an IMMENSE amount of reading, but it is all important information that will serve you well in the future. Capella is the place for students who want to learn and want an environment that will encourage them to grow and thrive as a student, as a professional, and as a person.
My experience has been amazing from the very beginning. My Enrollment Counselor, S.S., was beyond helpful and amazing to work with. My Academic Advisor, M.G. is very helpful and always answers any question I manage to come up with. The instructors are always trying to be as helpful as possible to help you succeed and pass the course. The BS/MBA combined degree option is not available for FlexPath. So if you are in FlexPath you will have to go to GuidedPath to complete the last few courses that are Master's level. The other thing I want to point out is the Scholarship disbursement. If you are awarded a Scholarship through Capella, they decide how it's disbursed through the quarters. I don't necessarily agree with that. I think if you are awarded a Scholarship, you should have the right to choose how you want it disbursed in your quarters.
Whether you are pursuing a Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate degree, Capella University offers many programs to achieve your goals. The university employs instructors who provide quality education and a desire to see students succeed. Academic advisors work with students to help reach their goals and are always available to answer questions and concerns. Overall, Capella makes distance learning a great experience; especially for those who are new to online learning.
I am a current student at Capella for the Education Administration EdS program. I also have a Master's degree from Capella in Higher Education. The programs at Capella allow for flexibility in advanced coursework for anyone who is working full-time, raising a family or simply has obligations during "typical" course time. The education programs are widely accepted in the work force and has allowed me to further my career goals as an educational leader.
I have Masters degree from Capella and had a great experience. That's why I decided to stay with them for my PhD. I completed all the coursework, the comps, and was done writing chapter 4 of my dissertation when my mentor told me I could not use aggregate data for my study. Keep in mind that I had IRB approval, passed comps, and had approval for chapters 1-3 already. I was told I would need to back up to Milestone 3 to rework my study and would need to get IRB approval again. The problem is, there is little chance of me getting through all of the milestones again before I "time out" of the program in October 2018. I'm in hock with student loans up to my eyeballs and I'm ABD. Basically, I have a MS and completed all of my doctoral coursework. I'm joining the class action suit. Maybe I can at least recoup some of my money.
The PhD in I/O Psychology I earned at Capella University has served me very well. I went to a land based Masters Program so know what a graduate program should look like. It was extremely difficult. I was held to high standards by all teachers but especially by my mentor and dissertation committee which included a Harvard grad. I am mystified that people don't calculate the cost of their program until they are well into it. If you want to be handed a degree this is not the place but if you want well-qualified teachers who grade according to appropriate standards for doctoral candidates then consider this school.
I would not recommend the DBA program through Capella they are more concerned about there money than the needs of the student. They refuse to change mentors and truly help guide the students to success. They brag about how many do not pass and act like there school is the only one with a rigorous program. When I withdrew from there program because they mentor as awful they tried to put all blame on me and did not try to fix any of the issues.
Alumni cave (students beware). I started my Capella journey with the intent of earning a doctorate (PhD) in Instructional Design in order to conduct research and teach at the college/ university level upon retirement. The nature of my profession requires considerable travel so an online program was the only possible educational option. Most often, hotel internet connections has been the primary access to the Capella website. Capella is a for profit university (emphasis for profit) that advertises abundant scholarships and grant funds; however, after applying for multiple scholarships and grants, I never received a single scholarship or grant the only available finance option was student loans. Multiple program requirement changes, faculty and department turnover, and inconsistent grading policies helped cause delays in completing courses. There were instances where hotel internet was not available due to construction, tornados, floods, or technical issues, which caused me to miss some assignment deadlines. Some faculty was very understanding while others were very punitive -severely reducing grades to include failures requiring retaking several courses. The Scientific Merit Review (SMR) and Institutional Review Board (IRB) process alone took twenty (20) months for approval. Finally, with all the coursework completed, the comprehensive examinations passed, and starting dissertation research, the university gave me a unrealistic timeline to complete the dissertation otherwise I would face administrative withdrawal from the university for being a maximum time learner. In addition to working fulltime, I also care for an elderly parent. The Capella dissertation process of sixteen (16) milestones is quite cumbersome and extremely time consuming to complete taking over two years. The dissertation was completed and submitted (to the minute) at the school-imposed deadline. Both the dissertation mentor and dissertation committee approved the dissertation; however, Capella rejected the dissertation because (with no announcement of any kind), Capella had changed the dissertation template and format saying that my dissertation was not in the correct format and because of this, I did not meet the conditions of an extension and was therefore administratively withdrawn from both my degree program and the university with no appeal. The argument that the dissertation was already in a university-approved format and the last minute adding more requirements was rejected. This process of moving the finish line to justify expulsion is completely unfair and highly unethical!!! Speaking of unethical, my tuition costs exceeded $225,000 (quarter of a million dollars); having exceeded the lifetime maximum federal student loan cap I was left with paying for school out of my pocket (more than $ 4,000 per quarter); further, my student loan debt exceeds $200,000. I attended Capella University to further my education in order to give back to the next generation and make a significant contribution; however, as result of my Capella experience (1). I have no PhD degree (2). Spent a quarter of a million dollars in tuition (3). Owe more than $200,000 in student loans with a repayment schedule of $2,274.49 per month (4). Will be in debt for the rest of my life. The most ironic thing was receiving notification that my graduation application had been approved and congratulations on my recent graduation and asking was I planning to attend commencement?
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