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ADMISSION                                                           with disabilities, disabled veterans, and veterans of the Vietnam
                                                                    era. The university complies with Title IX of the Education
2.01.01 Admission                                                   Amendments of 1972, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act
Capella University was founded with a commitment to extend          of 1964 and regulations, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
access to high-quality higher education and is dedicated to the     of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the
success of its learners. As a part of the admission process, the    ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
university seeks to assess an applicant’s potential to succeed in
its online environment. Applicants must meet the program-           PROCEDURES
specific admission requirements outlined in the accompanying        I.   Application Materials
table to be offered admission to Capella University. Although            A. Graduate applicants must complete the admission
particular emphasis is placed on the applicant’s academic                   application and submit an official transcript for the
history, non-academic factors may also be considered                        highest degree conferred, as well as any post-degree
when evaluating an application for admission. Therefore,                    course work.
additional information and/or application materials may be
                                                                         B. An evaluation of work history and achievements as
requested and considered on an individual basis. Exceptions
                                                                            demonstrated by a resume, statement of purpose
to admission requirements for graduate programs may
                                                                            and—when required by the program—letters of
be granted by the school dean or designee. There are no
                                                                            recommendation, and/or other relevant material may
exceptions to admission requirements for the Doctor of
                                                                            also be considered for applicants who do not meet
Psychology program.
                                                                            minimum admission requirements.
International Applicants                                                 C. Truth in Information
International applicants must have attended an internationally
                                                                            If unexplained discrepancies appear between
recognized institution. All applicants are expected to read,
                                                                            statements or documents provided to Capella
speak, write, and understand the English language fluently.
                                                                            University as a part of admission materials and
Those whose language of instruction is not English are
                                                                            information otherwise obtained, applicants may be
required to take one of the following tests: the Test of English
                                                                            rejected for admission, admission may be revoked, or
as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Michigan English Language
                                                                            learners may be administratively withdrawn.
Assessment Battery (MELAB), International English Language
Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English              II. Additional Admission Requirements
(PTE). The only exception to this requirement is reserved for            The following degree programs and specializations
learners who have earned a postsecondary degree from a U.S.-             require additional admission requirements due to
accredited university. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score                accreditation, licensing, and other determining factors.
established by the university for admission into all programs is         A. Applicants to the Harold Abel School of Social and
550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test               Behavioral Sciences’ PhD in Counselor Education and
with a score of 4.0 or higher on the Test of Written English                Supervision degree program are required to have a
(TWE), or a score of 79 for those completing the Internet-                  minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average (GPA)
based examination. The minimum acceptable MELAB score                       from a master’s degree granting institution.
established by the university for admission into all programs
                                                                         B. Applicants to the Harold Abel School of Social and
is 80, the minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5, and the
                                                                            Behavioral Sciences’ MS in Addiction Counseling,
minimum acceptable PTE score is 59.
                                                                            MS in Career Counseling, MS in Marriage and
Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination                                     Family Counseling/Therapy, MS in Mental Health
Capella University prohibits discriminatory practices and                   Counseling, and MS in School Counseling degree
pledges to seek out and minimize all forms of discrimination                programs are required to have a minimum 2.7
in all of its activities and programs. The university supports              cumulative GPA from a bachelor’s degree granting
federal and state legislation prohibiting discrimination against            institution.
any person based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, national          C. Applicants to the Harold Abel School of Social
origin, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation,                and Behavioral Sciences’ MS School Psychology
or status with regard to public assistance. Further, it is the              specialization are required to have a minimum 3.0
university’s policy to assure equal opportunity to all persons              cumulative GPA from a bachelor’s degree granting
                                                                            institution.
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    D. Applicants to the Harold Abel School of Social and                4. Learners under conditional admission status who
       Behavioral Sciences’ Play Therapy certificate are                    are eligible to receive financial aid will not receive
       required to have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA from                   financial aid until they have been fully admitted.
       a master’s degree granting institution. Active learners              Learners are encouraged to contact a financial aid
       currently enrolled in a Capella University master’s                  counselor for more information.
       counseling or psychology degree program must have a               5. Learners who fail to complete the application,
       minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in their program at the                   submit all official transcripts and/or other required
       time of application.                                                 documentation, or meet admission requirements
    E. Applicants to a joint degree program must meet the                   will be administratively withdrawn from the
       admission requirements of each of the individual                     university.
       degree programs that comprise the joint degree                 D. The application does not meet admission
       program.                                                          requirements. Admission is denied.
III. Evaluation Process                                           IV. Supervised Practica, Internships, or Field Experiences
    The submitted information is reviewed by the Records              To ensure availability, appropriate supervision, and
    Processing and Operations department using a specific set         an equivalent experience, practica, internships, or
    of guidelines. Clinical programs may also require faculty         field experiences in the following degree or certificate
    interviews of applicants. The review of all application           programs or specializations must be completed in the
    material produces one of the following recommendations:           United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S.
    A. Courses meet established transfer equivalency                  Virgin Islands.
       requirements developed by the appropriate school for           A. School of Education
       admission into the desired program; the institution
                                                                         1. Reading and Literacy (EdD and MS specializations)
       awarding the highest degree to the applicant is
       appropriately accredited; and, if applicable, the                 2. Reading and Literacy Bridge (EdD specialization)
       cumulative grade point average (GPA) requirements                 3. Curriculum and Instruction (PhD, EdS, and MS
       are met. The application is referred to the Records                  specializations)
       Processing and Operations department for admission.               4. Instructional Design for Online Learning (PhD
    B. The application meets all admission requirements                     and MS specializations)
       except for business rules. The application is referred            5. Leadership in Educational Administration
       to the school for a decision. If the school approves the             (PhD, EdS, and MS specializations)
       application, it is referred to the Records Processing
                                                                         6. Special Education Leadership (PhD specialization)
       and Operations department for admission.
                                                                         7. Early Childhood Education (MS specialization)
    C. Conditional Admission
                                                                         8. English Language Learning and Teaching
       1. Conditional admission is available to applicants in
                                                                            (MS specialization)
          selected programs.
                                                                         9. K–12 Studies in Education (MS specialization)
       2. Under conditional admission status, applicants who
          have not yet submitted all official transcripts and/          10. Special Education Teaching (MS specialization)
          or other required documentation may be granted              B. School of Public Service Leadership
          permission to matriculate into their program while             1. Doctor of Nursing Practice
          continuing the application process.
                                                                         2. Diabetes Nursing (MSN specialization)
       3. Learners granted conditional admission have until
                                                                         3. Gerontology Nursing (MSN specialization)
          the end of the first full quarter following their
          program start date to submit all official transcripts          4. Nursing Leadership and Administration (MSN
          and/or required documentation. Upon acceptance                    specialization)
          of their admission offer, learners under conditional
          admission status will be permitted to enroll in
          second quarter courses.

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ADMISSION COMPONENTS

                                    Undergraduate           Business and                      Public Service              Harold Abel School
School                                                                           Education
                                       Studies               Technology                        Leadership          of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Acknowledgement Agreement                 3                      3                  3               3                               3
                                    BSN RN-to-BSN
Official Transcript from
                                   Degree Completion             3                  3               3                               3
Previous Institution*
                                     specialization
International Applicants:
Proof of English Equivalency              3                      3                  3               3                               3

                                                                                                                 PhD General Counselor Education and
                                                                                                                       Supervision specialization;
                                                                                                                        PsyD Clinical Psychology
                                                                                                                  specialization; MS General Addiction
                                                                                                                      Counseling, General Career
Letters of Recommendation                                                                                            Counseling, General Marriage
                                                                                                                    and Family Counseling/Therapy,
                                                                                                                   General Mental Health Counseling,
                                                                                                                    and General School Counseling
                                                                                                                 specializations; MS School Psychology
                                                                                                                               specialization
                                                                                                                   PhD General Counselor Education
                                                                                                                   and Supervision specialization; MS
                                                                                                                 General Addiction Counseling, General
                                                                                                                  Career Counseling, General Marriage
Curriculum Vitae                                                                                                    and Family Counseling/Therapy,
                                                                                                                   General Mental Health Counseling,
                                                                                                                     and General School Counseling
                                                                                                                 specializations; MS School Psychology
                                                                                                                              specialization
                                                                                                                 PhD General Counselor Education and
                                                                                                                      Supervision specialization;
                                                                                                                       PsyD Clinical Psychology
Writing Samples
                                                                                                                 specialization; MS School Psychology
                                                                                                                 specialization; Specialist Certificate in
                                                                                                                           School Psychology
                                                                                                                   MS General Addiction Counseling,
                                                                                                                  General Career Counseling, General
                                                                                                                   Marriage and Family Counseling/
Extended Goal Statement                                                                                             Therapy, General Mental Health
                                                                                                                    Counseling, and General School
                                                                                                                  Counseling specializations; Specialist
                                                                                                                    Certificate in School Psychology
                                                                                                                       PsyD Clinical Psychology
                                                                                                                 specialization; MS School Psychology
Faculty Interview
                                                                                                                 specialization; Specialist Certificate in
                                                                                                                           School Psychology
                                                                                               MSN Nurse
                                    BSN RN-to-BSN                                                Educator
RN License Verification and Work
                                   Degree Completion                                            and Nurse
Experience Acknowledgement Form
                                     specialization                                          Educator Bridge
                                                                                              specializations
                                                                                                DNP degree
                                                                                              program; MSN
                                                                                             Diabetes Nursing,
RN License Verification and Work
                                                                                               Gerontology
Experience Acknowledgement Form
                                                                                             Nursing, Nursing
with Field Experience
                                                                                              Leadership and
                                                                                              Administration
                                                                                              specializations
                                                            DBA Business
                                                        Intelligence, Finance,
                                                          Global Operations
DBA Course Registration                                   and Supply Chain
Acknowledgment                                              Management,
                                                           Marketing, and
                                                       Strategy and Innovation
                                                            specializations
Licensure Disclosure &
Responsibilities Acknowledgement                                                    3                                               3
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ADMISSION COMPONENTS,                   continued
                                          Undergraduate            Business and                                       Public Service              Harold Abel School
 School                                                                                        Education
                                             Studies                Technology                                         Leadership          of Social and Behavioral Sciences
                                                                                           PhD, EdS, and MS
                                                                                        Leadership in Educational
 Teaching Experience Verification                                                            Administration
 Form                                                                                       specializations;
                                                                                         PhD Special Education
                                                                                        Leadership specialization
                                                                                             MS Curriculum
                                                                                          and Instruction, Early
                                                                                         Childhood Education,
                                                                                       English Language Learning
                                                                                              and Teaching,
 Teaching License Information Form
                                                                                              K–12 Studies
                                                                                         in Education, Reading
                                                                                        and Literacy, and Special
                                                                                           Education Teaching
                                                                                             specializations
                                                                                        EdD Reading and Literacy
 Teaching License Verification Form                                                     and Reading and Literacy
                                                                                          Bridge specializations
                                                                                            EdD Educational
                                                                                                                          DrPH
                                                                                             Leadership and
                                                                                                                    Epidemiology and
                                                                                         Management, Reading                                  DSW General Social Work
 Cohort Auto-Registration Form                                                                                       Health Advocacy
                                                                                        and Literacy, and Reading                                 specialization
                                                                                                                        Leadership
                                                                                           and Literacy Bridge
                                                                                                                      specializations
                                                                                             specializations

* Tennessee residents applying for admission to undergraduate degree programs must submit an official high school transcript as part of their application materials.




ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

                                                                              Minimum Cumulative
 Capella Degree/         Minimum Level of                                     Grade Point Average
 Certificate             Education Completed                                  (on a 4.0 scale)              Additional Requirements
 BS                      High school diploma or equivalent.                   None                          Applicants must be at least 24 years old. (This age
                                                                                                            requirement may be waived for military applicants, veterans,
                                                                                                            and applicants with 90 or more quarter credits of prior
                                                                                                            college/university course work.)
                                                                                                            Applicants who do not have any credits eligible for
                                                                                                            college/university transfer must successfully complete a
                                                                                                            university-approved examination.
 BSN                     Associate’s degree in nursing or diploma             2.00 cumulative GPA           Applicants must be at least 24 years old. (This age
                         in nursing from an institution accredited by         from an associate’s           requirement may be waived for military applicants, veterans,
                         the National League for Nursing Accrediting          degree or diploma             and applicants with 90 or more quarter credits of prior
                         Commission (NLNAC) or an internationally             granting institution.         college/university course work.)
                         recognized institution.                                                            Applicants who do not have any credits eligible for
                                                                                                            college/university transfer must successfully complete a
                                                                                                            university-approved examination.
                                                                                                            Applicants to the School of Undergraduate Studies’ BSN
                                                                                                            degree program must have a current, unrestricted RN
                                                                                                            license to practice in the United States (or its equivalent)
                                                                                                            and one year of licensed RN work experience or currently be
                                                                                                            employed as an RN.
 Post-Bachelor’s         Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited    *2.30 cumulative GPA           Applicants to the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral
 Certificate             by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized         from a bachelor’s degree      Sciences’ Play Therapy certificate must have a master’s
                         accrediting agency or an internationally             granting institution.         degree in counseling or psychology. Active learners currently
                         recognized institution.                                                            enrolled in a Capella University master’s counseling or
                                                                                                            psychology degree program may be admitted to the Play
                                                                                                            Therapy certificate upon successful completion of specific,
                                                                                                            pre-determined courses within their degree program and/or
                                                                                                            specialization.
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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS,            continued
                                                                       Minimum Cumulative
Capella Degree/   Minimum Level of                                     Grade Point Average
Certificate       Education Completed                                * (on a 4.0 scale)             Additional Requirements
MS                Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited       2.30 cumulative GPA        Applicants to the School of Education’s MS Leadership in
                  by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized           from a bachelor’s degree   Educational Administration specialization must have three
                  accrediting agency or an internationally               granting institution.      years of licensed teaching experience.
                  recognized institution.                                                           Applicants to the Harold Abel School of Social and
                                                                                                    Behavioral Sciences’ MS in Addiction Counseling, MS in
                                                                                                    Career Counseling, MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/
                                                                                                    Therapy, MS in Mental Health Counseling, and MS in
                                                                                                    School Counseling degree programs will be assessed
                                                                                                    on professionalism and academic fit to the program as
                                                                                                    determined by the school.
MSN               Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited       3.00 cumulative GPA        Applicants to the School of Public Service Leadership’s MSN
                  by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized           from a bachelor’s degree   Nurse Educator, Diabetes Nursing, Gerontology Nursing,
                  accrediting agency or an internationally               granting institution.      and Nursing Leadership and Administration specializations
                  recognized institution                                                            must have a current, unrestricted RN license to practice in
                                                                                                    the United States (or its equivalent), one year of licensed RN
                                                                                                    work experience or currently be employed as an RN, and a
                                                                                                    bachelor’s degree in nursing from an institution accredited
                                                                                                    by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),
                                                                                                    the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
                                                                                                    (NLNAC), or an internationally recognized institution.
                                                                                                    Applicants to the School of Public Service Leadership’s MSN
                                                                                                    Nurse Educator Bridge specialization must have a current,
                                                                                                    unrestricted RN license to practice in the United States (or
                                                                                                    its equivalent), one year of licensed RN work experience or
                                                                                                    currently be employed as an RN, and a bachelor’s degree in a
                                                                                                    field other than nursing.
MBA               Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited       2.30 cumulative GPA
                  by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized           from a bachelor’s degree
                  accrediting agency or an internationally               granting institution.
                  recognized institution.
MHA               Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited       2.30 cumulative GPA
                  by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized           from a bachelor’s degree
                  accrediting agency or an internationally               granting institution.
                  recognized institution.
MNML              Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited       2.30 cumulative GPA
                  by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized           from a bachelor’s degree
                  accrediting agency or an internationally               granting institution.
                  recognized institution.
MPA               Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited       2.30 cumulative GPA
                  by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized           from a bachelor’s degree
                  accrediting agency or an internationally               granting institution.
                  recognized institution.
MPH               Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited       2.30 cumulative GPA
                  by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized           from a bachelor’s degree
                  accrediting agency or an internationally               granting institution.
                  recognized institution.
Post-Master’s     Master’s degree from an institution accredited         3.00 cumulative GPA        Applicants to the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral
Certificate       by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized           from a master’s degree     Sciences’ Specialist Certificate in School Psychology must
                  accrediting agency or an internationally               granting institution.      have a master’s degree with a specialization in School
                  recognized institution.                            *                              Psychology from Capella University.
EdS               Master’s degree from an institution accredited         3.00 cumulative GPA        Applicants to the School of Education’s EdS Leadership in
                  by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized           from a master’s degree     Educational Administration specialization must have three
                  accrediting agency or an internationally               granting institution.      years of licensed teaching experience.
                  recognized institution.
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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS,               continued
                                                                       Minimum Cumulative
Capella Degree/      Minimum Level of                                  Grade Point Average
Certificate          Education Completed                               (on a 4.0 scale)            Additional Requirements
PhD                  Master’s degree from an institution accredited    3.00 cumulative GPA         Applicants to the School of Education’s PhD Leadership in
                     by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized      from a master’s degree      Educational Administration specialization must have three
                     accrediting agency or an internationally          granting institution.       years of licensed teaching experience.
                     recognized institution.                                                       Applicants to the School of Education’s PhD Nursing
                                                                                                   Education specialization must have a current license as a
                                                                                                   registered nurse and a master’s degree in nursing.
                                                                                                   Applicants to the School of Education’s PhD Special
                                                                                                   Education Leadership specialization must have a master’s
                                                                                                   degree in education, a certification or license in special
                                                                                                   education, and three years of licensed teaching experience.
                                                                                                   Applicants to the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral
                                                                                                   Sciences’ PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision
                                                                                                   degree program must have completed a CACREP-accredited
                                                                                                   or CACREP curriculum equivalent master’s degree program.
                                                                                                   Applicants will also be assessed on professionalism and
                                                                                                   academic fit to the program as determined by the school.
DBA                  Master’s degree from an institution accredited    3.00 cumulative GPA
                     by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized      from a master’s degree
                     accrediting agency or an internationally          granting institution.
                     recognized institution.
EdD                  Master’s degree from an institution accredited    3.00 cumulative GPA         Applicants to the School of Education’s EdD Reading and
                     by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized      from a master’s degree      Literacy specialization must have a current teaching license
                     accrediting agency or an internationally          granting institution.       and a master’s degree in Reading and Literacy or a related
                     recognized institution.                                                       field.
                                                                                                   Applicants to the School of Education’s EdD Reading and
                                                                                                   Literacy Bridge specialization must have a current teaching
                                                                                                   license and a master’s degree in a field other than Reading
                                                                                                   and Literacy.
DHA                  Master’s degree from an institution accredited    3.00 cumulative GPA
                     by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized      from a master’s degree
                     accrediting agency or an internationally          granting institution.
                     recognized institution.
DNP                  Master’s degree from an institution accredited    3.00 cumulative GPA         Applicants to the School of Public Service Leadership’s DNP
                     by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized      from a master’s degree      degree program must have a current, unrestricted RN license
                     accrediting agency or an internationally          granting institution.       to practice in the United States (or its equivalent), one year of
                     recognized institution.                                                       licensed RN work experience or currently be employed as an
                                                                                                   RN, and a master’s degree in nursing.
DPA                  Master’s degree from an institution accredited    3.00 cumulative GPA
                     by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized      from a master’s degree
                     accrediting agency or an internationally          granting institution.
                     recognized institution.
DrPH                 Master’s degree from an institution accredited    3.00 cumulative GPA
                     by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized      from master’s degree
                     accrediting agency or an internationally          granting institution.
                     recognized institution.
PsyD                 Master’s degree from an institution accredited    3.00 cumulative GPA         Applicants to the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral
                     by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized      from a master’s degree      Sciences’ PsyD Clinical Psychology specialization must have a
                     accrediting agency or an internationally          granting institution or a   master’s degree in psychology or a related field. Applicants
                     recognized institution.                           combined score of 1,000     will also be assessed on professionalism and academic fit to
                                                                       on the GRE General          the program as determined by the school.
                                                                       Exam.
DSW                  Master’s degree from an institution accredited    3.00 cumulative GPA         Applicants to the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral
                     by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized      from a master’s degree      Sciences’ DSW degree program must have a master’s degree
                     accrediting agency or an internationally          granting institution.       in social work from an institution accredited by the Council of
                     recognized institution.                                                       Social Work Education (CSWE).
* Select degree programs/specializations have higher GPA and/or additional admission requirements. Refer to section II of this policy and Capella’s University
  Catalog for more information.
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2.01.01 Admission, continued
      C. Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences              * Learners enrolled in the Master of Science in Education with a
                                                                             specialization in Special Education Teaching have a maximum of six years
         1. PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision                       to complete their degree program.
         2. MS in Addiction Counseling                                     * Learners enrolled in the Master of Science in Addiction Counseling, Master
                                                                             of Science in Career Counseling, Master of Science in Marriage and Family
         3. MS in Career Counseling                                          Counseling/Therapy, Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, or
                                                                             Master of Science in School Counseling have a maximum of six years to
         4. MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy                     complete their degree program.
         5. MS in Mental Health Counseling                                 * Learners enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing have a maximum of
                                                                             six years to complete their degree program.
         6. MS in School Counseling                                        * Learners enrolled in the Master of Health Administration have a maximum
                                                                             of five years to complete their degree program.
         7. Clinical Psychology (PsyD and MS specializations)
                                                                           * Learners enrolled in the Master of Public Health have a maximum of five
         8. Counseling Psychology (MS specialization)                        years to complete their degree program.
         9. Specialist Certificate in School Psychology                    * Learners enrolled in a master’s joint degree program have a maximum of
                                                                             seven years to complete their degree program.
Note: Capella University is not able to offer visas or other types of      ** Learners enrolled in the Specialist Certificate in School Psychology have a
work permits; therefore, obtaining any necessary authorization is             maximum of four years to complete their certificate program.
the sole responsibility of the learner. All individuals admitted to the
                                                                           PROCEDURES
above specializations must be eligible to work within the United States,
Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands at the time of       I.   Federal Financial Aid Impact
the internship or practicum and must agree that this experience will be         This is a university policy separate from financial aid
completed within the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, or               policies. Therefore, the listed time limits may not align
the U.S. Virgin Islands.                                                        with financial aid eligibility requirements. For further
                                                                                information, contact a financial aid counselor or see the
V.   Readmission
                                                                                financial aid policies located on iGuide.
     Learners who do not enroll in courses for four
                                                                           II. Advanced Doctoral Learners
     consecutive quarters must apply for readmission and be
     readmitted prior to re-enrolling. Readmitted learners                       A. Maximum time to completion for advanced doctoral
     must meet the program-specific admission requirements                          learners in the comprehensive examination phase
     effective in the catalog current at the time of readmission.                   of their program will be monitored in conjunction
                                                                                    with the timely and successful completion of the
2.01.02 Maximum Time to Degree Completion                                           comprehensive examination course.
Capella University requires learners to complete all degree or                   B. Maximum time to completion for advanced doctoral
certificate program requirements within specific time limits                        learners in the dissertation phase of their program
in order to be eligible to graduate. Learners who do not                            will be monitored in conjunction with the timely
complete their degree or certificate program within required                        and successful completion of each of the required
time limits, which are based on their degree or certificate                         dissertation milestones.
level, will be administratively withdrawn from the university.
                                                                           III. Failure to Meet Maximum Time To Completion
These time limits are the outside dates for completion and do
not supersede the obligation to maintain satisfactory academic                   A. Learners will be notified via email one quarter prior
progress throughout the learner’s program of study. Time                            to the last date of eligibility for maximum time to
limits for degree and certificate programs are outlined in this                     completion that they will be administratively withdrawn
policy.                                                                             from the university unless they have a signed Degree
                                                                                    Extension Form (DEF), granting them an exception
Time limits for Capella University degree and certificate                           that extends their maximum time to completion
programs are as follows:                                                            deadline.

Degrees and                        Maximum Time from Program
                                                                                 B. Learners will be notified via email that they have
Certificates                       Start Date to Completion                         been administratively withdrawn from the university
Bachelor’s Degree                  8 years                                          effective as of the last date of their maximum time to
Master’s Degree*                   4 years                                          completion.
Education Specialist Degree        4 years
Doctoral Degree                    7 years
Graduate Certificate**             3 years
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IV. Maximum Time to Completion Extensions                                D. Failure to Meet DEF Terms
    A. Extension Criteria                                                  Learners who cannot complete their degree or
      1. Extensions requested due to change of                             certificate program within the time frame of their DEF
         specialization or extenuating circumstances may                   will be administratively withdrawn from the university,
         be approved by the faculty chair and validated                    with no option to appeal.
         by the Records Processing and Operations                   V.   Change of Degree or Certificate Program and Maximum
         department. Extensions are generally limited to                 Time to Completion
         between two and four quarters, unless the learner’s             Learners who change their degree or certificate program
         circumstance warrants a longer period, as approved              are assigned a new program start date and catalog, which
         by the dean or dean’s designee.                                 institutes a new maximum time to completion.
      2. Extenuating circumstance                                   VI. Readmission and Maximum Time to Completion
          a. A leave of absence may qualify as an extenuating            A. Readmission Eligibility
             circumstance.
                                                                           1. Learners who have discontinued from the
          b. Time spent during a military leave of absence                    university or who have been administratively
             does not count toward maximum time to                            withdrawn after four consecutive quarters of
             completion.                                                      inactivity may apply for readmission at any time.
    B. Extension Application Process                                       2. Learners who have been administratively withdrawn
      Bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral, and certificate             from the university as a result of not completing
      learners may apply for an extension by contacting their                 their degree or certificate program within the
      academic advisor to discuss their status.                               maximum time to completion deadline may apply
      1. Learners consult with their academic advisors                        for readmission after four full quarters.
         to identify their remaining degree or certificate               B. Readmission Program Start Date
         program requirements, propose a new time frame                    Learners who are readmitted are assigned a new
         for completion if necessary, and discuss any                      program start date and catalog, which institutes a new
         potential financial aid impact.                                   maximum time to completion.
      2. Learners complete the Degree Extension Form
         (DEF) located on iGuide that reflects the new
         completion date based on the proposed extension.
      3. Learners and their academic advisors sign the DEF
         and submit it to the dean’s designee for review,
         along with appropriate academic rationale.
    C. Extension Approvals
      1. The dean’s designee reviews the proposed DEF and
         rationale and determines if they meet the criteria
         for approval.
      2. If the extension request is approved, the decision
         and rationale are filed in the learner’s official
         academic record.
      3. If the extension request is not approved,
         the learner is notified that he or she will be
         administratively withdrawn from the university
         when the maximum time to completion deadline
         has expired.
      4. The decision of the dean’s designee is final.

				
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