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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.


82% of Capella alumni said they had advanced in their profession within 5 years of graduating.Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2013

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 human services 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.

Human Services Programs

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

Our wide variety of electives allows you to personalize your program to fit your goals. It also helps improve the likelihood you can transfer credits, saving you time and money. Specializations within the school include: Multidisciplinary Human Services, Social and Community Services, and Gerontology.

View the complete list of Human Services programs.

Capella: An Accredited University

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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.

Tau Upsilon Alpha Honor Society

Tau Upsilon Alpha is a national honor society for students, alumni, and faculty in the field of human services. Its mission is to honor academic excellence; foster lifelong learning, leadership, and development; and promote excellence in serving humanity. Capella University’s Tau Upsilon Alpha chapter is an extension of the National Organization of Human Services (NOHS).

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We also have a Human Services Club whose primary objective is to help others gain a greater understanding of the field while enriching the academic, social and learning experiences of our students.

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Meet Our Distinguished Faculty

All of the faculty members in our public administration, nonprofit management and human services programs hold doctoral degrees. Our experienced instructors — many of whom are Human Services Board Certified Professionals — have enjoyed long and storied careers in regional, national, and international human services organizations.

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Dr. Tracee Washington challenged me, but at the same time she also encouraged me. Her teaching style was nothing short of awesome. She provided me with knowledge about the human services field that went way beyond books. At one point I was ready to quit due to a loss in my family and emotional stress, but she encouraged me to keep pushing toward my goals. On a side note, while critiquing my work, she showed me how to make sure my work complied with APA.

Lisa Gibson-Kellam MS in Human Services

7 Ways to Save

  • 1

    Start Now, Save up to $3,000

    To be eligible for the Public Service Master's Grant you must enroll in an eligible program at Capella University by September 8, 2014, and meet all other eligibility requirements.

  • 2

    Transfer Credits

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

  • 3

    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.

  • 4

    10% Military Discount

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

  • 5

    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.

  • 6

    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.


Capella graduates reported that their salaries rose 63% within 5 years of graduating

Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2013

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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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