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The doctoral coursework stage was challenging, but clear. Unfortunately, what matters at this level is the dissertation! They don't hit you with their dysfunctions until you get into the dissertation completion phase. We were encouraged to join groups during the first residency in 2014. Mine was a group of 3. We completed coursework in 2016 with close to 4.0 point GPA's and were admitted to the Honor Society. We finished our dissertations. I commenced! Still, two of us DID NOT GRADUATE! One was withdrawn because her dissertation was more appropriate for a PhD program as if they didnt know this in the beginning! I was withdrawn for the technicality of not completing a milestone approval for the second time (NS). The third member of the team is still trying to get her dissertation through milestones one and a half years after completion of coursework! Meanwhile, she is paying full fees each term. Capella's "hands off" policy meant no one could help me outside of my mentor, who didn't answer calls, forcing me into the 2nd NS. I wasted more than three years thinking that if I just worked hard enough in the program, I would end with the completion of the DBA. In our third residency, more than one instructor said, "every single one of these third year students is expected to graduate". The problems began after that! Don't be deceived...0-3 after four and a half years? THIS UNIVERSITY IS NOT WORTH THE RISK!!!
I have TWO Masters degrees from Capella. Both of my Masters are in Education with specializations in Enrollment Management and Training and Performance Improvement. The classes are twice as hard as a traditional brick and mortar college and I was highly pleased with how much research is required and how much I learned from every single class. Expect to write about 10 pages or so per week (between class discussions/responses and assignments). You will end up writing almost a full thesis in each class. It's obviously a lot more difficult than a traditional brick and mortar college, but you will learn a lot more and be more prepared. If you are looking for an easy degree, this is not it. If you do not participate then you are not going to do well. Unfortunately there are quite a few negative reviews, but I have not had a negative experience at all with this school. Everyone was friendly and all of the enrollment advisers and academic advisers provided the best of the best service. I have nothing negative to say about this college. If you do not want to work hard and expect an easy degree than you may not do well...but if you are willing to do the work, contact your adviser, contact the faculty, and actually take the degree seriously, then you shouldn't have a problem. My degrees are highly regarded and in line with traditional brick and mortar colleges of equal status. If you are not getting a job in your area I wouldn't be blaming the school since there are graduates from states schools in the same position. Some professions and areas are just overly crowded and you may need to move to get a job in the area that you want. I was happy with my experience here and would definitely recommend this school to others. I am considering doing a doctorate, but have not decided at this time since in my area openings for Faculty are few and far between and unless I move, I most likely will not be able to secure a job as a full time faculty (even if I graduated from an Ivy League college) simply because there are no openings. That's why it's important to be open to relocating since you may not be able to get your dream job in your city if there are no openings and too many applicants applying. At my local city college they typically hire PhDs and people with Harvard MBAs because there are so many applicants that they can take the cream of the crop. That means that people from state colleges and other colleges tend to get overlooked simply because there are no openings, not because their degree is bad. I have had a good experience here in the classes I've taken and definitely hope that others will as well.
I did NOT graduate. I was a PhD student. The dissertation phase is broken up into milestones. I negotiated the first few milestones with what I consider appropriate amount of time devoted. Then came the actual writing of my dissertation. After the second deferral I told my advisor that I felt the committee memeber who was deferring my paper would never pass me through the milestone. Two years later and milestone approvals from other committee members and the one obstructionist committee member never approved my paper. $100k in debt and an offer of a masters degree. I absolutely do not recommend this school. In fact, Ive actively steered people away from the school. It was a good learning experience until the dissertation phase. I found the committee member to be bullying and obstructionist. Their advisor(s) kept minimizing my concerns with each deferral. The dissertation phase was just a Capella created hole that you fill with money. If a PhD is what you want, go to a school that also has a brick and mortar program.
I am currently enrolled with this school and have been attending since January 2017. Since starting at Capella I have many stumbling blocks that have caused me to drop or fail a few classes. Each and every time I have stumbled, Capella has picked me up, dusted me off and sent me right back down the right path. As a working nurse with 40+ hours spent at my office weekly, I would not have been able to attend a local school. Capella make it so easy to continue working and spending time with my family, while still being able to attend classes to further my degree. This is a wonderful school with amazing academic counselors, knowledgeable instructors, a user friendly online format and many choices of academic programs. Thanks Capella for making my career goals achievable!
Beyond accessibility and the conveniences for working students, the program challenged my boundaries of intellectual output. I learned to be more objective in responding to life and business by first learning to accept and then developing an instructors eye for knowledge. This aspect forced me to determine whether to conform to get the grade or to develop. I chose to allow the training to develop me for the future. This is a great program for the innovative rising professional.
This program is intense. It will take a lot from you in order to finish. Before you start, take some time for yourself. Create your own study process that will work on a daily basis. Take a vacation, save some money, and create a self-care plan. The program is designed to prepare you for becoming a person that will care for other people in an intense manner. There are courses in ethics, culture and diversity, theories, and socialization. Be prepared. You will have to travel on 2 occasions for what is called residency. Start saving now for your flight and hotel costs because the school will not cover that cost.
I have been in the MSW program since July 2016. I am taking one class at a time because I have a full time job and a family that keeps me busy. If I chose to take a 2nd class, it would limit my time with my family and I'm not willing to make that happen. I love spending time with my family and would like them to understand that school is important, but so is family. We all continue to make sacrifices, but it is with the understanding that mom is going to get a better job and be able to help more people. Capella provides me with opportunities to learn and grow within my profession, which is exactly what I need. I continue to find that each class gives me invaluable insight into my current job in case management. I am able to talk with my clients on a deeper level and gain insight into what they are dealing with and how I can help them. I highly recommend this program to others seeking an MSW as it provides not only online education, but real world value. Another great aspect is the residencies. I've completed one and the experience was amazing. I learned so much in that one week, it was intense, but so worth it! Good luck to you in your endeavors and I hope that you choose Capella!
I started a PhD at Capella because I wanted to expand my career as a software architect/development lead to include research roles in related IT areas. A crucial conversation with the School of Business & IT department chair strongly influenced my decision to pursue my PhD at Capella, rather than elsewhere. It took me almost seven years to finish while I worked full time. The process included two years of coursework, one year to settle on a research topical area, about a year to formalize propose research in the topical area, two years to conduct the research, one year to write the dissertation and defend the research, and then, finally, graduate. The process was a journey unlike any I had previously undertaking in my undergraduate or graduate program. You should want (expect) to expand your intellectual horizons, based on my experience. I would note that I was aged 55 when I graduated, having wanted to finish my PhD for over 20 years. I would say than many people could achieve a PhD, but they must be entirely self-motivated to do so. This was the single biggest success factor for me: I simply wanted to finish, no matter what. Therefore, my best advice is if you really like the research perspective (i.e., creating knowledge) and desire to conduct research professionally (publishing created knowledge), including working in academia in later life, then Capella is a excellent opportunity to make that happen. Some things that improved in career following (during) my PhD program include: better writing habits, including clearly addressing audiences; exposure in conferences/colloquia; opportunities to write in professional journals; developing contacts with other PhDs publishing in professional journals; and improved research efficiencies and information organization habits.
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.
My experience with Capella has been wonderful. I have found the professors to be responsive and engaged, and the courses to be challenging. I have not experienced any problems but any time I had to call with a question or speak with my advisor I found my questions were answered quickly and professionally.
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