Accreditation: A Critical Credential

Capella University's 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.

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 Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy programs are accredited by the American Counseling Association’s Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) from July 18, 2009 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.

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has accredited Capella's Professional Education Unit, which is made up of 14 advanced academic offerings that prepare individuals to serve in a variety of roles within the P–12 education environment.

Learn More About Our PhD, EdD, EdS, Master's and Certificate Programs in Education

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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.

Learn More About Our Bachelor's Programs in Business & Technology

Learn More About Our Doctoral, Master's and Certificate Programs In Business & Technology

Learn More About ABET

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits the BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs*. Accreditation by CCNE serves as a statement of good educational practice in the field of nursing. CCNE is a nationally recognized accrediting agency approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

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Learn More About Our Doctoral and Master's Degree Programs in Nursing

Learn More About CCNE

*The BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791 http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

The following specializations have been accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (PMI-GAC)


  • BS in Information Technology
  • IT Project Management
  • BS in Business
  • BS Project Management
  • MS in Information Systems and Technology Management
  • MBA, Project Management

  • The GAC and PMI logos are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc. For the full list of PMI's legal marks, please contact the PMI Legal department.

    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, 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, Global Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Strategy and Innovation.

    Doctor of Philosophy in Organization and Management (All Specializations)

    Doctor of Philosophy in Business (All Specializations)

    Master of Science in Organization and Management (All Specializations)

    Master of Science in Organizational Development (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 specialization; Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management, Strategy and Innovation specialization; and Doctor of Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Technology Management, Leadership, Marketing, 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) of the NCA. AQIP participants commit to a program of continuous quality improvement (CQI) similar to initiatives practiced in other industries.

    AQIP provides an alternative model of accreditation maintenance with The Higher Learning Commission. Instead of the traditional 10-year review cycle, AQIP participants adhere to an ongoing annual review regimen. By participating in AQIP, Capella is required to analyze its operational processes and measure outcomes within each of nine different quality criteria, and to set ambitious performance goals, such as converting all its courses to an outcomes/competency-based model.

    Learn more about AQIP