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CAPELLA ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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We want to make sure your admission process goes smoothly. Below you’ll find the information you need to get started on your application.

General admission requirements

All Capella applicants must meet the following general admission requirements.

Admission application

Submit an application, along with a non-refundable $50 application fee.

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Acknowledgement agreement

Agree to abide by Capella policies and program requirements.

Transcripts

Provide official transcript(s) from previous institutions for degree and post-degree coursework, if applicable.

Minimum GPA

Each program has specific minimum GPA requirements for admission.

English proficiency

All applicants must understand, read, speak, and write fluently in English.

Transfer credits

Some Capella programs can accept transfer credits from accredited institutions.

More about transfer credits »

Learning format requirements

There are additional requirements specific to each of our two learning formats: GuidedPath and FlexPath.

The program you enroll in determines your admission requirements. GRE, GMAT, SAT, or ACT are not required for admission.

Bachelor’s program admission requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Transcript of any reported GED
  • A valid, government-issued form of photo identification

SAT and ACT are not required for admission.

Learn more about bachelor’s programs at Capella

Master’s program admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency, or from an internationally recognized institution.
  • Your official bachelor’s transcripts
  • Minimum GPA as determined by your chosen program.

Certain degree programs – such as counseling, social work, and nursing – may have additional requirements. International students also must submit proof of English proficiency and transcript evaluation.

While some institutions may ask for scores from the GRE, GMAT, SAT, or ACT, these tests are not required as part of admission for Capella.

Learn more about master’s programs at Capella

Doctoral program admission requirements

  • Master's degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution.
  • Your official master's transcripts, minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

GRE and GMAT are not required for admission. Also, admission requirements for international students may differ.

Learn more about doctoral programs at Capella

Learning format requirements

There are additional requirements specific to each of our two learning formats: GuidedPath and FlexPath.

Admission requirements

  • Certificate and individual-course students must meet the minimum education requirements determined by the degree level of their course registration.
  • Bachelor's students must be least 24 years old (may be waived for military/veteran applicants, and those with at least 24 quarter credits of prior college/university coursework), and must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Master's students must have a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or internationally recognized institution.
  • Doctoral students must have a master's degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or internationally recognized institution.

Admission requirements

Bachelor’s programs

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 45 applicable college credits
  • Recommended minimum college GPA: 2.8 Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered by providing additional documentation for a holistic review

Master’s programs

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Recommended minimum college GPA: 2.8 Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered by providing additional documentation for a holistic review
  • Some programs require that your bachelor’s degree be in your intended field of study, or that you have a minimum amount of relevant, professional experience in that field

Don’t qualify for FlexPath? You have the option to start your program in our GuidedPath format. When you successfully complete a set number of courses at a 2.8 GPA or higher, you can transfer into FlexPath.

Individual program requirements

Some Capella degree programs have additional admission requirements. See the program page or talk with your enrollment counselor for details. Examples of these requirements include:

  • Forms and documents disclosing licensure information, background, and work experience
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Essay or writing sample
  • Faculty interview
  • Registration acknowledgement form

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