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Gain the Skills to Advance Your Career

Capella's degree programs are closely aligned to external, professional standards to ensure that you gain the same skills and knowledge as the top performers in your field. We continually review and adapt our programs to deliver the competencies you can immediately use today.


More than 80% of current Capella students say their education has had a direct impact on their career.CULES, 2010

Our Multidisciplinary Approach

It is critical for public service leaders to work across disciplines and partner to meet today's challenges. We have designed multidisciplinary programs that offer a depth of knowledge in your professional area and in the broader public service sector. No matter which degree you are seeking, you will learn how to be an effective leader and a skilled collaborator.

Capella: An Accredited University

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Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552),

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) 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.

Human Services Programs

Capella's Human Services programs teach you valuable communication, partnership, and advocacy skills, so you can increase your understanding and awareness of cultural and social issues, public policy, and community resources.

Our wide choice of electives allows you to personalize a program to fit your goals — so you can make a difference in the human services field. It also helps improve the likelihood you can transfer credits, saving you time and money.

Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services - Multidisciplinary Human Services
Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services – Social and Community Services
Masters of Science in Human Services – Gerontology
Masters of Science in Human Services – Multidisciplinary Human Services
Masters of Science in Human Services – Social and Community Services

Our Partners

We have aligned our competencies within the nonprofit management and leadership doctoral and master's degree programs to match what nonprofit employers, such as the YMCA, are seeking.

Hear what YMCA leaders have to say about Capella

Our Public Service Community

Capella University has an active chapter of the Tau Upsilon Alpha honor society which is specific to human services professionals. We also have a human services club that focuses on increasing the understanding of this field and enriching the academic, social and service learning experiences of our students.

Public Service Blog


Realizing my Dream – Management Consultant and Author

Posted December 6, 2013

I am grateful to the faculty and staff at Capella University for the support I received during my doctoral journey. I graduated in 2012 with the PhD in Organization and Management. Shortly after graduation I started a management consulting company T.E SIMON CONSULTING INC offering corporate training and business services to small businesses in the

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Meet Our Distinguished Faculty

100% of the public administration, nonprofit management and human services faculty members in the Capella School of Public Service hold a doctoral degree. Our experienced instructors hold expertise in careers with regional, national, and international public service organizations and many of whom are Human Services-Board Certified Professional/ Practitioners.

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Dr. Robert Wright guides my learning, by posing leading questions that enhance my knowledge, increase my research abilities, and broaden my horizon. He motivates me to reach higher, never allowing me to let my imagined limitations restrict my vision and my growth.

Barbara Schneider Doctor of Public Administration

7 Ways to Save

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    Transfer Credits

    Reduce the time and cost of finishing your degree by maximizing your transfer credits.

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    Accelerated PhD Courseload

    For doctoral programs based on cost per quarter, rather than the number of credits, you can maximize your courseload and complete your degree faster — saving money on tuition.

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    10% Military Discount

    Capella is proud to provide military benefits, including a 10% tuition discount on graduate programs.

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    Employer Tuition Reimbursement

    Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to their employees — even those without a formal program. Check with your HR department or manager to see if you are eligible.

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    Employer & Association Discounts

    Tuition discounts from Capella-affiliated employers and colleges can make your degree more affordable, saving you thousands.

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    Free e-Books

    Students in certain programs have access to free online textbooks.

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    Credit for Real-World Experience

    You can earn credits through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process by demonstrating mastery of competencies, and may be eligible to earn credit for previous coursework, experience and learning.

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More than 80% of current Capella students say their education has had a direct impact on their job or career.

CULES: 2010 cumulative 84% for top ratings on the following item. Knowledge and skills learned in my program have a direct impact on my current job or career.

Learn Online Anywhere, Anytime

At Capella, you will enjoy the flexibility of earning your degree on a schedule that fits your life. In our online course rooms, students and faculty participate in discussions at different times throughout the week. You will not attend class at a specific date and time, but you can expect to complete weekly assignments, reading and participation requirements.

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