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Capella University Reviews of Doctoral in Psychology

29 Reviews

Locations:   Minneapolis (MN) 

Annual Tuition: $14,148

67% of students said this degree improved their career prospects
66% of students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student Reviews - Doctoral in Psychology

Student Reviews - Doctoral in Psychology

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Reviewed: 6/21/2023

Degree: Psychology

Capella is not transparent. When there is a problem you receive absolutely no help. They hire some people that are not qualified to teach. There is administration is careless, uneducated and unhelpful. I received my masters degree in psychology and started my doctorate, but now I am switching departments, because I have already spent a lot of money in the doctoral degree in psychology. I could not be more unhappy!

Benita Holland

Reviewed: 10/18/2020

Degree: Psychology

I completed my Masters and PhD at Capella. It is a great school. My professors were helpful and professional. My mentor during the dissertation process was awesome! The residencies helped me to lay the foundation for my dissertation. It also provided me the opportunity to get to know some of my favorite professors. I completed my PhD in 3.5 years. I highly recommend Capella to others!

Nicole W

Reviewed: 4/23/2020

Degree: Psychology

Capella us a RIP off. I finished the courses for the PhD in 1 1/2 years. I spent the next 2+ years trying to pass the dissertation phase. Also I think they should prepare students at the beginning of the program focusing on the dissertation. The residencies is a waste of time with no help in the process. Each Prodfedor has their own way of completing the format or editing. Then you have to start all over again. Then they change it again. I maxed out of loans. And so far paying 16,000 out of pocket.... Read More

Caveat emptor

Reviewed: 9/24/2019

Degree: Psychology

Caveat emptor (Buyer beware!) I received my Master's Degree in I/O Psychology from Capella and was encouraged to gain a General Psych PhD from them as well. I pursued the PhD in General Psych and was bored to death, tons of Statistics classes. I wanted more education so joined the I/O Psych doctoral program. Great classes. I was a presidential awarded student every single semester obtaining honor role status. My dissertation topic was a struggle as it was geared towards a qualitative design that... Read More

Jennifer Ferrer

Reviewed: 5/15/2019

Degree: Psychology

Capella University is the best helping students and future learners to achieve their goals and dreams beyond what a student can think. The curriculum and courses are set to achieve the desired knowledge that you wanted. The professors, staff, and academic advisers are helpful and supportive in everything the student needs. They will work on your time. You will never want to stop learning. I graduated my master's degree in Psychology 2016, but I did not stop since I know it is doable in this University... Read More

Claribel Perez

Reviewed: 2/14/2019

Degree: Psychology

Capella University performed a formidable job recruiting me and promising a PhD in General Psychology within two years. Furthermore, they did an excellent job exhausting more than $100,000.00 of my Student Loans and in the end, using the excuse that I did not pass a Comprehensive Exam that they encouraged me to enroll three times to retake, they performed an Administrative Withdrawal. Within the four years spent at Capella, my doctoral level performance seemed superior, until I reached the COMPS-DISSERTATION... Read More

USMC Veteran

Reviewed: 1/3/2019

Degree: Psychology

I wanted to wait until after I completed my program to write this review, but am confident I can give a fair assesment without having achieved my final milestones. I work in higher education at an online college, and I have earned other degrees at various online colleges. If you put forth minimal effort, that is what will show in your grade; online college is not for everyone. I chose Capella because at the PhD level they were slightly more affordable and they were regionally accredited, which is... Read More

Letitia Williams

Reviewed: 9/19/2018

Degree: Psychology

This is my second degree with Capella College. I recieved my Master's degree in Human Behavior in 2017. The courses fit the degree and the instructors were very insightful. My experience with Capella was great which allowed me to advance my skills and knowledge as well as return to complete my PhD with them.

Phd student

Reviewed: 8/23/2018

Degree: Psychology

This school is a poor choice. The instructors do NOT teach. You ask questions and they say read the syllabus or the book. They do not give you clear directions. And when you have an issue you get bounced around and no one ever helps you find any resolution. Sooo dissatisfied. This experience has cost me a lot of money (over 150k and still going) and even more anxiety and stress.

Emilia Concepcion, PhD, PCC

Reviewed: 3/8/2018

Degree: Psychology

One of the best decisions I have made! After much research and evaluation of institutions which were willing to adjust to my busy schedule, but also with knowledgeable professors as well. Capella has proven to be the institution I have validated was an accurate choice. After completing my doctorate degree I felt that my professional career as a Business Coach has exponentially grown (intellectually and financially) and I have acquired a level of competency to service well organizations and C-level... Read More

Dr. Perry Johnson

Reviewed: 2/2/2018

Degree: Psychology

I attended Capella University because of time and convenience of distant learning. I have done both brick and mortar and distant learning as a student as well as a professor. My preference is distant learning. it is more intimate between the student and the professor. I have sat in b&m classes and the instructor never knew my name outside of being on a class roster. In each distant learning course I had contact, email, postings and telephone calls as well as Skype with my professors. Capella is the... Read More


Reviewed: 11/29/2017

Degree: Psychology

I was looking for a program that allowed me flexibility, but that also challenged me. Capella University has done both. I feel have gained valuable information on my program and would definitely recommend it to individuals that are initiators. Magdalena

Angela B.

Reviewed: 10/21/2017

Degree: Psychology

The PhD in I/O Psychology I earned at Capella University has served me very well. I went to a land based Masters Program so know what a graduate program should look like. It was extremely difficult. I was held to high standards by all teachers but especially by my mentor and dissertation committee which included a Harvard grad. I am mystified that people don't calculate the cost of their program until they are well into it. If you want to be handed a degree this is not the place but if you want well-qualified... Read More

Capella University

Reviewed: 7/26/2017

Degree: Psychology

I enrolled at Capella University in June of 1999. I Graduated in 2004, and I am extremely happy that I was able to find professional growth. This academic institution will work only for those that are willing to put in hard work, and are dedicated to become an erudite scholar. Thank you for the opportunity!


Reviewed: 3/19/2017

Degree: Psychology

Excellent academic institution (Hybrid Ph.D.). The best College Experience! In the Summer, I attended classes at North Western University, and Augsburg University. Capella University worked closely with these academic institutions, so that we could use their facilities, and me and my graduate classmates had the opportunity to dorm on campus. Capella University at the Graduate level is Hybrid, and yes you need to go to Minnesota! I strongly recommend this academic institution. There are many All but... Read More


Reviewed: 11/24/2016

Degree: Psychology

CAPELLA UNIVERSITY was a great college exp. This Academic Institution was my vehicle for upward mobility. IT is fully accredited, and my diploma, transcripts have been accepted by other academic institutions, State Board of Psychology in California, and government institutions. Currently employed with a U.S. Govt. Thanks to all of my professors. Vivamus mi literatum and Semper Peterum!

The Best Academic Experience of my Life

Reviewed: 8/17/2016

Degree: Psychology

From the first time I called Capella to the commencement, I only have positive comments. Capella was very challenging, yet staff and faculty cherished our successes. They were highly supportive from the beginning to the end. I can honestly say that I had the best academic experience at Capella. Very organized, challenging, creative, and supportive!

I prefer anonymous

Reviewed: 5/2/2016

Degree: Psychology

Capella University offers a rigorous psychology program. The program is comparable to other institutions with appropriate regional accreditation. The program could be greatly enhanced by obtaining the APA program accreditation. This accreditation speaks volumes in the industry. Faculty are extremely knowledgeable practitioners who share their experience in the classroom to enhance the students' experiences. I found the faculty to be quite helpful in guiding me through the course material and Capella... Read More

K. L.

Reviewed: 4/28/2016

Degree: Psychology

I am in the process of completing my PhD, just finalizing the dissertation. I've taken a lot of time lately to read through reviews of the university, and on the whole I am disappointed by the negative feedback. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so here is mine. I've been working on my PhD since 2010. I've plugged away steadily at it, class by class. I've had great, engaged professors, and I've had ones that were less than inspiring. I've made amazing friends (and met several in person)... Read More

Charlotte K.,

Reviewed: 4/26/2016

Degree: Psychology

This degree was much tougher than my Masters from an Ivy-like brick and mortar university. The professors were generally great and very attentive to their students. I got a lot of guidance in writing my dissertation and in the research required to do so. The only downside is that they are not yet APA accredited. I did not use financial aid and paid for my degree myself so I cannot comment on the hoops required for this process.


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