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Free One-week Mini Course: Sign-up Today

Find out what it's like to take online courses at Capella by taking a free, non-graded mini course. Our current students help design this mini course to ensure that you get an accurate impression of the Capella experience. Plan to spend 7-9 hours on course activities for the one-week trial.

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    Sign Up for the Bachelor's or Graduate Mini Course

     Bachelor's Mini Course

  • Select this option if you're interested in a bachelor's program
  • Participate with 75-100 other professionals interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

     Graduate Mini Course

  • Already have a bachelor’s degree? Then sample a graduate mini course.
  • Select this option if you are interested in a master’s, doctoral, or certificate program.
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    Prepare For Your Mini Course

    Plan ahead to get the most out of your mini course. We recommend setting aside 1 to 2 hours each day for course activities.

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    Log In

    Log in and take your course. We'll email you your username when you register. If you can't find your username in your email account, check your spam/junk folder or call 866.561.9754.

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What's a Mini Course?

This course includes the type of readings, discussions, and assignments that are part of all Capella courses.

You'll walk through the process of submitting a short academic paper — from researching a current issue related to your area of professional interest, to engaging in a discussion with your classmates — without the pressure of being graded. All course materials for the mini course are included for free.

A course facilitator is available to answer questions and help you navigate the courseroom. The mini course is offered twice a month.

What Is Involved?

Your mini course experience will include:

  • Reading an online essay about critical thinking
  • Viewing 2 short videos about constructing effective written arguments
  • Researching a current issue related to your area of professional interest
  • Participating in a discussion in response to your chosen article
  • Writing a 2–4 page position paper
  • Discussing your classmates' papers
Suggested Workload Schedule  
Monday Courseroom Tour, Introductions, Required Reading & Videos
Tuesday Profession-Specific Article  Research
Wednesday-Friday Profession-Specific Article  Discussion
Friday-Sunday Assignment: Position Paper
Sunday Optional: Position Paper Discussion

You Get Out What You Put In

To get the most out of your experience, we recommend you participate as fully as possible. The mini course provides a great tutorial to familiarize yourself with Capella’s approach to online learning and helps prepare you to be successful in your Capella courses.

See How the Mini Course Helped Laura Get Ready to Learn Online

The best part was getting comfortable with the expectations so when the graded courses start, I'm already used to the environment…If someone was thinking about trying the free course, I'd say, 'You can't lose.'

Laura Reid, MBA Learner