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Take a Closer Look at Costs and Outcomes

We believe in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree. Going back to school is about your goals, your life, and your career. But it is also about the time and money you will spend—and what you will get out of it.

We publish learning, career, and alumni outcomes for programs for which we have collected enough information to provide meaningful reports. Results for some Capella programs are not available at this time. Visit to view the full learning and career outcomes report for your program, including:

Expected Time to Complete & On-Time Completion Rate

The expected time to complete a bachelor's degree as defined by the U.S. Department of Education is 4 years, or 16 calendar quarters. The expected time to complete for Capella's other programs varies, is defined as the median time to complete for each program, and is calculated for programs that have had 10 or more graduates. Capella defines the expected time to complete for each program in active academic quarters as well as total calendar quarters. The on-time completion rate indicates what percentage of our graduates—working professionals with family and career commitments—finishes their programs within the expected number of active academic quarters.

Career Information (SOC codes)

The U.S. Department of Labor provides the Standard Occupational Classification system codes (SOC codes) that correspond to occupational information associated with different degrees and program levels. We have linked the SOC codes associated with each program to more detailed information on the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), the nation's primary resource of occupational information, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. The SOC codes listed are just a sampling of some of the careers and fields our graduates enter.

Program Cost

It is important to know how much you can expect to spend in pursuit of your degree. The cost of your program depends on many factors, such as transfer credits, education benefits, and how long you take to complete your program. Program cost represents what the total would be with the average transfer credit our students bring into that program.

There are many other ways our students reduce their costs including employer reimbursement, scholarships, grants, credit for prior learning, and military benefits. Most of our students are able to reduce the total cost of their programs.

Books and Fees

Books and fees are an additional cost you should consider when choosing a program. At Capella, we strive to keep fees simple and book costs low.

Median Debt

There are multiple types of financial aid to help pay for tuition and other education expenses, including federal student loans and private loans, and many of our students qualify for financial aid. Median debt indicates the median amount of student debt our graduates incur during their Capella programs, including debt they took on to pay for living expenses.


Here are a few important points to remember when evaluating the information presented at

  • Does not include students who have completed more than one program, excluding certificates. For example, a student who earned a master's degree and doctoral degree would be excluded.
  • For students that have earned both a degree and a certificate, debt is aligned with the degree only.
  • Time to complete is listed for doctoral, master’s, MBA, and certificate programs.