Accreditation: A Critical Credential

Capella University's accreditation ensures that every degree we award is relevant, recognized, and respected.

University accreditation is critical, and here's why:

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    Accreditation is an assurance to learners and the public that an institution meets or exceeds standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability.

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    Accreditation ensures that your degree is recognized by employers, professional associations, and other accredited institutions of higher education.

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    If you are studying or have studied at more than one university, accreditation of both institutions makes transfer of credits possible

A key to an institution's credibility and respect is whether it is accredited.

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Capella University's Accreditation

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

Professional Accreditations

In addition to our regional accreditation, Capella has achieved specialized and program-specific accreditation recognizing the quality and legitimacy of our degree programs.

Our professional accreditations include:

Capella University is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The American Counseling Association's Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has accredited Capella's Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy programs.

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The MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program at Capella University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; 703.838.9808.

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The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has accredited Capella's Professional Education Unit, which is made up of 14 advanced academic offerings that prepare individuals to serve in a variety of roles within the P–12 education environment.

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Capella's BS in IT program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. ABET accreditation is an important indicator of Capella's dedication to educational quality and the goal of preparing our graduates for entry or advancement in the IT profession.

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The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits the BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs*. Accreditation by CCNE serves as a statement of good educational practice in the field of nursing. CCNE is a nationally recognized accrediting agency approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

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*The BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791 http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

The following specializations have been accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (PMI-GAC):

    BS in Information Technology, Project Management
    BS in Business, Project Management
    MS in Information Systems and Technology Management
    MBA, Project Management

The GAC and PMI logos are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc. For the full list of PMI's legal marks, please contact the PMI Legal department.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that Capella University's BS in Business specialization in HR Management, MBA specialization in HR Management, and MS in Human Resource Management fully align with SHRM's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. 

Leading the Way for Online Education

In 2000, Capella University became the first online academic institution to become a charter participant of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) of the NCA. AQIP participants commit to a program of continuous quality improvement (CQI) similar to initiatives practiced in other industries.

AQIP provides an alternative model of accreditation maintenance with The Higher Learning Commission. Instead of the traditional 10-year review cycle, AQIP participants adhere to an ongoing annual review regimen. By participating in AQIP, Capella is required to analyze its operational processes and measure outcomes within each of nine different quality criteria, and to set ambitious performance goals, such as converting all its courses to an outcomes/competency-based model.

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