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I graduated with my Ph.D. in Information Technology Management in 2011. My experience in the courserooms was uneven. About 1/3 of the courses were graded pretty easily and about 2/3 were appropriately rigorous. The problem with Capella faculty is there are very few full-time faculty. Most are part-time adjuncts so they probably correlate going easy on the students with higher reviews and chances of being renewed. The course content is fine and you can learn a lot if you take them seriously and understand how they build towards your dissertation. The dissertation process is very rigorous and quite bureaucratic which can cause frustrations and delays but they really are trying to ensure their student's dissertations are of sufficient quality. The ease of navigating the dissertation process depends on how well the mentor (committee) and the student work together. That's hard enough if you can meet face to face and even harder online. Despite the fact I had no issues with the courses or the dissertation process, there is a significant amount of bias against online only schools like Capella. That simple fact means you won't compete well with others who have brick and mortar degrees if you want to teach at post-secondary schools. If you are like I was and already had a job and are using it for resume/career enhancement where you are, then Capella works out quite well. I would not go to Capella and go $100K in debt if you think you're going to score a teaching/research position at a university. It's probably not going to happen. Weigh your options carefully before starting your doctorate at Capella. The degree itself is fine but be realistic about what you think you can do with it.
I really don;t know where to begin. I completed my Masters from Capella and had a really positive experience. I enrolled in the DHA program after being told the entire program take four to four in a half years to complete. Initially the program had over thirty students. When it came time to complete the dissertation there was seven of us left. During the meeting to discuss our dissertation and have questions answered, we were told it was going to be anywhere from an additional two years to four years to complete the dissertation. That is on top of the past three in a half years of course work. After talking with financial aid and my academic counselor, I learned that Capella goal is to max out student loans and many students quit or kicked out with no explanation with over $100,000 in student loan debt and nothing to show for it. My academic adviser said to me, "Many students don't want to do the work or put in effort. I recommend you stay in dissertation for a couple of semesters to meet with your mentor and lay the ground work, then consider leaving if you want". I am sorry at $4,000 a class. I don't have time or many to waste $8,000 to sit around and talk with my mentor. My mentor was changed four times before entering the dissertation course room. I completed the first dissertation course and my assigned mentor never got back with me. I ended up taking the next semester off so I could transfer schools. I am now finishing my Doctorate with ASU, which has appropriate accreditation and will take an appropriate amount of time and money to complete. I encourage anyone that is using student loans to be mindful and do your research before attending Capella. I have heard horror stories about the school deliberately maxing out student loans and students have nothing to show for it. I have over $120,000 in student loan debt and $100,000 is from Capella. Also good to note that I declined all extra loan money and paid for bare minimum. I am in my final track of my dissertation with ASU and will spend three years less in school and only had to spend another $11,000 to finish my Doctorate, where Capella said it will be another $33,000, on top of the $55,000 already spent. I can not stress the importance of doing your homework on this school.
Capella has had some fantastic behavior analysts teaching the specialty courses. I was in a psychology program in undergrad, and the psychology courses are similar (not bad at all, just not geared towards behavior analysts). However, the professors chosen for the behavior analysis program have been absolutely amazing and helpful.
I began the program in the Spring of 2005. I completed my coursework in less than two years. Overall my experience was positive, however I had issues with members of my dissertation committee which in my opinion were due to a lack of leadership from them.
I went through the MBA program the same time a friend went through the MBA program at St. Thomas. My coursework and class requirements were much more rigorous and demanding. I don't think I would have been hired at my current company or promoted to the executive level job I have without my MBA from Capella.
I have found all of my professors to be extremely knowledgeable and the coursework to be relevant. My professors have Doctorate degrees from renowned institutions and some are actively involved in professional groups. I am happy with the education I am receiving and believe I will have the knowledge to actually meet or exceed the expectations for the roles I will apply for. I am not using financial aid, a loan which I am required to pay back, to supplement my income. I am currently employed and spend my evenings reading the required books and articles, participating in organized online discussions, working with remote assigned teammates on team projects and writing essays. The work is exhausting and I personally find it more extensive than the traditional classes I have had. I am not only learning the material but learning to communicate and meet goals in non-traditional methods due to the nature of online school. Professors and students cab be in all corners of the country which is different from a traditional class with everyone in a room at the same time. When I compare this type of learning to the skills needed in today's organizations I feel confident I will be able to use my education within a culturally diversified global organization. With that being said, this school is not for everyone. If you are not a self motivated and success driven individual, you may not do as well. Also, each program is different. I am enrolled in the undergraduate Information Technology program and specializing in project management.
I am currently a student with Capella University, pursuing the Doctorate of Public Administration. I am not new to Capella University since I obtained my Masters in Criminal Justice with the University as well. However, the longer I remain with the University the worst the Financial Aid department becomes. I have compared the tuition rates with other online universities, and Capella is far more expensive than some of the ones I have compared them with. However, I am too far to turn around. My perspective graduation date is December 2016. When I began with the University in 2010 the Financial Aid department was far more professional and attentive than they have become in recent years. On a Master’s level my financial aid refund normally was about $1,800 providing I did not purchase books and I received it promptly on the first day of the month following the start day of each new academic quarter. As I continued to the Doctorate’s level, the refund amount decreased to roughly $1,200.00 if no purchases were deducted from the amount. I realize tuition rates do occur; however, throughout the year of 2014 the refund date moved from the first of the month (which is normally the third week of the academic quarter) to fifth and sixth week following the first day of class without explanation. When I contact the financial aid office for clarity, the staff is rude, unprofessional, and short tempered. If I wasn’t too far to turn around, I would drop Capella University as quickly as I would a hot potato.
I have received my BS degree from Capella last year. Unfortunately when I tried to apply to a state school master degree program, I was told that the majority of my Capella credits are not recognized by the state school. The reason? The accreditation is worthless. Do your homework. If you just want a degree, go ahead and attend Capella, but if you want it to be worth something, go to a real school.
I just completed my doctorate in Education at Capella University. I have two Bachelor degrees and a Master's degree from traditional schools, and Capella was just as rigorous as my traditional schools. Course work was challenging, and most instructors were engaging. Some instructors were not present as much as they could have, but I have had similar instructors in my traditional programs as well. I have never had a problem navigating the library, getting help from financial aid or technical services, and even from disability services. I require ASL interpreters for required colloquia and committee meetings, and disability services were quick to get top notch interpreters for me. The only thing is that the pre-dissertation phase dragged on and I felt I could have gotten feedback sooner (or some of these parts could have been done during the last few classes). They also made changes to this process while I was working on it, which dragged it out as well. The drag-out was also partially my fault, since by the time I got to this point, I was burnt out both academically and in my personal life (move, new job, etc). Such is life. The Research Plan was actually the longest part than even the dissertation itself, but it was very helpful because once I got to the dissertation, I already had a lot of my information that I could pull from the RP. In writing the dissertation, I have referred to other dissertations including ones by non-Capella students and my process was comparable to other doctorate programs and dissertation writing. My mentor was excellent, with a rich academic background. I know people who have graduated from Capella, and are now working principals, administrators, and as tenure-track professors at good universities. Even though my student loans are now pretty high, which could have been lower if I didn't drag out 2 years I could've completed before, I am glad I finished my degree and I look forward to the next phase in my life.
Capella is a great university to attend. As with all schools, the experience is as good as the effort you put into it. I'm currently in a Management position where I have the need to get an MBA to advance me to senior leadership. Capella is flexible, affordable, and challenging.
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