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Capella University educates adult students by giving them high quality online courses designed to satisfy their unique experiences and academic needs. Degrees are offered at the undergraduate, Master's, doctoral and certificate levels to reach students with a variety of educational backgrounds and offer them the opportunity to advance their careers in a number of ways.

In 1993, former Tonka CEO Stephen Shank and former university president Dr. Harold Abel established The Graduate School of America, which ultimately became known as Capella University. Stephen Shank and Dr. Harold Abel wanted to start a school that served working adults in an environment that acknowledged their past experiences and helped them learn cutting edge skills while completing higher degrees. Over the years, Capella University has grown to enroll over 20,000 students each year and has earned several accreditation and recognition certificates. Based in Minneapolis, MN, Capella University offers over 950 online courses and several undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Degrees at Capella University can be earned in the following areas: Health Care Administration, Mental Health, Public Safety, K-12 Education, Higher Education, Business Management, and Information Technology. Each area features many different specializations, allowing students to customize their degrees at the certificate, Bachelor's, Master's or Ph.D. level. Capella's online programs have received a number of awards, including the WebCT Exemplary Course Award, National University Telecommunications Network 2006 Distance Education Innovation Award, and more. Students participating in the online program will take 10-week long courses, and there are two to three week breaks between each quarter.

Students are encouraged to form relationships with faculty, staff and each other in order to take advantage of the many resources available. Local conferences bring together the campus and business community, and Capella forges alliances with other colleges, the military and corporations to provide tuition discounts and other benefits to a broader community.