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Sign Up for a Free One-Week Mini Course

Sign Up for a Mini Course in 3 Easy Steps

Find out what it's like to take courses online at Capella with our free mini course. This non-graded course lasts one week, and you should plan to spend 7–9 hours total on course activities. Our current students helped design this mini course to ensure that you get an accurate impression of the Capella experience.

                  Create a Capella Account

You will use this same account information for your Capella application. If you’ve started your application, log in using your existing Capella username. All mini courses are 100% free and include reading materials.

Already registered? Check your course registration details here.

     Bachelor's Mini Course

  • This mini course option is for those looking to start a bachelor’s program.
  • Participate with 75-100 other professionals interested in a bachelor’s at Capella.

     Graduate Mini Course

  • Already have a bachelor’s degree? Try one of our postgraduate mini courses.
  • Select this option if you are interested in taking master’s, doctoral or certificate programs.

                    Block Your Calendar for Mini Course

Plan ahead to get the most out of your mini course. Using the recommended workload schedule below, reserve 1 to 2 hours each day on your calendar for mini course activities.

                    Check Your Email for Your Capella User Name

You will need your Capella user name and password to participate in the mini course. If you don’t see your user name in your email account, check your spam/junk folder or call 866.561.9754.

Need more help? Download our mini course Frequently Asked Questions Guide. PDF

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