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Getting started


Choosing a degree program or certificate is the hard part. Applying should be easy.

Admission requirements

All Capella applicants must meet the following admissions criteria. Some degree programs and certificates have additional requirements. GRE, GMAT, SAT or ACT are not required for admission.

Application fee

Your $50 application fee covers administrative costs, transcript requests and transfer credit evaluations.


Applicants must provide a valid, government-issued form of photo identification.


Provide copies of official transcripts from previous institutions for relevant coursework.

Minimum GPA

Each program has specific minimum GPA requirements for admission.

Acknowledgment agreement

Agree to abide by Capella policies and program requirements.

English proficiency

All applicants must understand, read, speak and write fluently in English.

Resources for you

Enrollment counselors

Consult with an enrollment counselor to decide which program is best for you based on your career goals.

Financial aid counselor

Our financial aid counselors can help you estimate your costs and explore ways to save on your degree.

Military support

We offer benefits and assistance to active-duty service members and their spouses, Guard and Reserve members and veterans.

Disability services

If you need special assistance, accommodations or technology, we’ll help you get set up and ready to succeed.


Use our free tool to gain insight into how you spend your time, your study habits and your organizational skills.

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Learning format requirements

We offer two learning formats: FlexPath and GuidedPath. Choose the path that fits your life (our Path Finder Quiz can help), then check the requirements below.

Bachelor’s programs

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 45 applicable college credits
  • Recommended minimum college GPA: 2.8 (Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered by providing additional documentation for a holistic review.)

Master’s programs

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Recommended minimum college GPA: 2.8 (Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered by providing additional documentation for review.)
  • Some programs require a bachelor’s degree in your intended field of study or a minimum amount of relevant, professional experience in that field

Don’t qualify yet? Start your program in our GuidedPath format and transfer to FlexPath once you successfully complete a set number of courses at a GPA of 2.8 or higher.

Application process

What’s next?

You’ll receive a decision on admission within two weeks of submitting your application. If you’re accepted and enroll in a program, we recommend that you create a financing plan and visit our online campus.

Create a financing plan

Explore options for paying for your degree and ways you may be able to save money.

Explore the online campus

Discover resources to manage your coursework, connect with other students and faculty and find other support.

Ask our alumni

Questions? Ask our alumni about their experiences, and see if Capella is a fit for you.

Take the next step

Your questions are unique—like you. Talk with someone who gets it. Our team of counselors, coaches, advisors, and faculty are here to provide the support you need throughout your journey.