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Accreditation: A Critical Credential

Capella University is an accredited online university, ensuring 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 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 (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Professional Accreditations

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

Our Professional Accreditations Include:

Capella University's PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, MS in Mental Health Counseling, MS in School Counseling, and MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through March 31, 2020.


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 (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; 703.838.9808, coa@aamft.org.

Capella University’s Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation. For information about social work accreditation, visit: https://www.cswe.org/

Capella University's Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards through 2024. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation. (CAEP, 1140 19th St NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 223-0077)

Additional information regarding offerings in the CAEP-accredited EPP at Capella may be found here.


Capella's BS in IT program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. (The FlexPath option is not included in this specialized accreditation.)

 


The BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

The following program specializations are accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (PMI-GAC). (The FlexPath option for the project management specializations is not accredited by PMI-GAC.)

  • BS in Information Technology – Project Management
  • BS in Business – Project Management
  • MS in Information Technology – Project Management
  • MBA – Project Management
  • PhD in Information Technology – Project Management


The following business programs at Capella University are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs:

Bachelor of Science in Business with specializations in: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Management and Leadership, Marketing, and Project Management.

Master of Business Administration with specializations in: General Business Administration, Accounting, Business Intelligence, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Operations and Supply Chain Management, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Information Technology Management, Marketing, and Project Management.

Master of Science in Human Resource Management with specializations in: General Human Resource Management.

Master of Science in Leadership with specialization in: General Leadership.

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management with specializations in: General Business Management, Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Technology Management, Leadership, Management Education, Marketing, and Project Management.

Doctor of Business Administration with specializations in: Accounting, Business Intelligence, Finance, Global Operations and Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, Information Technology Management, Leadership, Marketing, Project Management and Strategy and Innovation.

Doctor of Philosophy in Business with specializations in: General Business Management and Accounting.

Certificate programs are not eligible for ACBSP accreditation. All specializations that have not been in existence for two years and do not have graduates are not currently eligible for accreditation. This includes Bachelor of Science in Business, Business Intelligence minor and Accounting CPA specialization; Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management, Strategy and Innovation specialization.

 

A history of achievement in higher education

For the last 20 years, we’ve made it our goal to provide working professionals with a flexible way to earn a degree—and that hasn’t gone unnoticed. As education innovators, Capella is recognized by respected organizations for providing quality education. Because we believe what’s good for adult learners is good for us. It’s why we provide the most direct path to a degree that can help you move forward in your career. View awards and recognition »