My experience at Capella has thus far been a great one.
I am in the Phd in Education program, and I have found the
classes to be quite challenging. I attended a highly esteemed
graduate school for my Master's, and I actually find these
courses to be more challenging. I currently have a 4.o (as
did in my Master's program), and I feel like I have really
earned it. In a way online learning is more challenging
because you are forced to read every communication between
students and faculty in addition to the several chapters
per week that are required. There is no chance to just sit
back and listen like in a "brick and mortar" university.
You have to actively participate. Also, the pace of the
ten week classes is pretty intense. Do not let the "flexibility"
advantage of online learning fool you into thinking that
it is any easier. It simply means that you can choose when
to "attend" class online, which may allow yo to
balance your job, family and school more readily. Nevertheless,
you will be making a considerable sacrifice of your time.
Would you expect anything less? No one should enter a doctoral
program without wieghing the impact that it will have on
Capella PhD Student
I am currently a PhD student following the Information Security
track. My undergraduate work was completed at the State
University of New York, earning a BS in Computer Science
(B.S.C.Sci) and a Master in Business Administration (MBA),
after doing some researching about various online programs
I choose Capella because they are accredited by The Higher
Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools. The courses and professors
are very flexible with the students and that is one of the
many pros I observe, yet the profit* aspect is something
worth looking into, tuition is not cheap these days. I believe
they provide a good education, meaning not excellent, but
again we need to consider that the online university sector
is very young.
I am currently teaching and acting as consultant for the
City University of New York and wanted to make you all aware
that degrees offer at Capella University are recognized
by City and State Colleges in New York State.
For me, Capella has been very challenging and rewarding,
yet I still have about 1 year to complete my thesis. If
you are accustomed to work in an online environment and
like working with a computer then this is the school for
you, if you are use to work with a physical person this
school is not for you. This is my observation of Capella.
Pleased with my choice!
As with most things in life, you get out of the experience
what you put into it. For the almost 3 years that I have
been working on my degree, I know I am putting IN a tremendous
amount AND I am certainly getting BACK, both from an educational
experience. I also believe that the attitude with which
you approach your journey makes a big difference. At this
point I have completed my coursework, passed my comps, and
I am almost ready to submit my dissertation proposal. The
overall experience that I have had has been avery positive
one. I have worked exceptionally hard to reach this point
in my studies and as others have said, I feel that I am
EARNING my degree.
In my program, many of the learners at Capella are adults
who have extensive experience in the business world. I am
also at the point in my academic and professional career
that I would not expect an educational institution to hold
my hand every step of
the way. If I need additional support, I need to stand up
and ask for it. When I have done so, I have immediately
be assisted. In looking back at the other educational institutions
that I went to, I find Capella a refreshing change. Some
focus on money - I hate to break it to you, but this is
a business. I'm not sure many institutions that aren't concerned
about money? Is the degree I am pursuing a good "value"?
I can not compare the cost at Capella to other schools,
but I imagine that they
are quite comparable. The personal and professional satisfaction
and opportunities that I am capitalizing on are absolutely
In life you always have choices. I believe that I made
the right choice in selecting Capella.
By: drjcotter (Graduate)
My Ph.D. was conferred June, 2007, and I must say the process
to complete was as strenuous as it was satisfying. This
is no diploma mill - one must earn the degree. My paper
has been accepted for presentation at the IABE Conference
next month in Las
Vegas, and for publishing in the International Journal of
Business Research. Double-blind peer reviewed and accepted
without modification. I also enjoyed the professional help
of my Ph.D. committee as we progressed through the work.
I have no regrets in choosing Capella, and recommend it
heartily to others.
Your experience will be what you make it
By: lfilla (Graduate)
I've just completed my degree and I had a wonderful experience.
It was a lot of hard work but it was all worth it. I think
Capella is an exceptional organization - always looking
for feedback from learners and working to improve. I felt
supported and encouraged throughout my three years as a
student. Not all instructors were great, but most were.
The technology was excellent and I had very few issues.
Tech support was helpful and friendly the two times I needed
to contact them. Even the transition from Capella's old
proprietary online learning environment to WebCT went smoothly
I learned a lot and would not hesitate to recommend Capella
to others. Just understand that your experience will be
what you make it. This is not high school -- it's up to
you to create an excellent graduate school experience, just
like it's up to you to create a great career.
A great opportunity
By: angela.grabelle (In Progress)
I am enrolled and finish course work this summer. I have
had some fabulous instructors, and a few that were mediocre
at best (you find this everywhere). Instructors I have met
at residencies have been absolutely AMAZING. The comraderie,
the knowledge, and
support make me feel like I made an excellent decision although
I struggled as I did not want to get a "cookie cutter"
degree at a diploma mill. However, there are people like
me who have the ability, the drive, and the will, but do
not have the program availability, the time, nor the money
to devote 5-10 years earning a degree. I am a single mother
of four young children and this university has given me
the chance to earn the degree I have dreamed about. I love
the fact that my peers who learn with me are from all walks
of life, from countries all over the world, and my learning
experiences have been far richer
because of the students with whom I learn. I think Capella
is doing great things and I am happy to be a part of it.
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