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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 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.

Higher Learning Commission contact information: https://www.hlcommission.org, 800.621.7440

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’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 American Counseling Association’s 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 Education Preparation Provider (EPP) unit is accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards for a period of 8 years, from 10/22/2010 to 12/31/2018.

Capella University's EPP is eligible for and will seek accreditation based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards during fall 2017/spring 2018. CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation, and administers NCATE accreditation.

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.

*The FlexPath format for the BS in Information Technology program specializations is not accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org


The BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

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.

MS 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: Business Intelligence, Finance, Global Operations and Supply Chain Management, Information Technology Management, Leadership, Marketing, and Strategy and Innovation.

Doctor of Philosophy in Business (All Specializations)

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; Master of Business Administration, Accounting CPA Pathway specialization; Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management, Strategy and Innovation specialization; and Doctor of Business Administration, Accounting, Human Resource Management, and Project Management specializations.

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). AQIP participants commit to a program of continuous quality improvement (CQI) similar to initiatives practiced in other industries.

The AQIP Pathway is one of three options institutions have for maintaining accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission. Like the other pathways, it is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement, but with an added emphasis on helping institutions achieve continuous quality improvement.

Learn more about AQIP