Capella University Launches 11 New Online Education Offerings

The online university adds new choices to its graduate programs in business and higher education and its BS in IT

MINNEAPOLIS--()--Capella University, an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing high-quality online degree programs for working adults, has announced 11 new online education offerings. They include a new Integrative Studies specialization as part of Capella's Master of Science in Higher Education, and four new minors in its ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program: Network Technology: Cisco®, Network Technology: Microsoft®, System Development: Mobile, and System Development: Web Application. Capella has also added six shared doctoral business specializations. Both the online PhD in Business Management and the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) will now offer specializations in Accounting, IT Management, and Project Management. As of March 31, 2012, more than 37,000 students are pursuing an online degree at Capella. The learning and career outcomes of Capella’s students and alumni can be found at

MS in Higher Education Integrative Studies specialization offers customized program

The MS in Higher Education Integrative Studies curriculum emphasizes a customized program of study, allowing students to select from a wide range of electives. "With community college faculty retirements growing at the same time as enrollment is increasing, there's a strong need for additional higher education faculty and leaders," said Barbara Butts Williams, PhD, dean of Capella's graduate School of Education. "Our new Integrative Studies specialization helps address this situation by providing our learners the flexibility to build upon previous knowledge and personalize the program to fit their goals in higher education."

New BS in IT minors feature the most in-demand IT skills

Capella's new BS in IT minors represent some of the most in-demand skills in the IT industry today, including networking and application development. Capella's Network Technology: Microsoft, and Network Technology: Cisco minors are modeled on professional certification standards, allowing students to earn a BS in IT degree while also preparing for Microsoft or Cisco certification exams. Specific topics include cloud computing, security, wireless networks, and RFID architectures.

Capella's System Development: Web Application, and System Development: Mobile minors focus on the growing need for developers skilled in Web and mobile applications. Topics covered in the Web Application minor include implementing multimedia, application services, databases, and servlets; and the use of such advanced languages including .Net, Java, JavaScript, AJAX, XHTML, and SQL to develop databases, websites, web applications, web services, and web technologies. Topics covered in the Mobile minor include managing data and effective requirements analysis, as well as creating innovative applications for iPhone®, iPad®, Android®, and Windows® mobile devices.

Capella's shared doctoral specializations address global business issues

There are common elements in each of the new doctoral business specializations that are shared in both degree programs. However, the core curriculum and type of research differs depending on whether a specialization is part of Capella's PhD in Business Management or DBA program. The PhD in Business Management focuses on scholarly research and writing, ethical theory, a global perspective, technology, and a systems-thinking approach. Capella's online DBA focuses on applied research and practical applications. It also features a prescribed course sequence, an applied dissertation project, and built-in dissertation milestones designed to provide students with a clear path toward completing a DBA in three years.

The shared specialization courses in Capella's online PhD in Business Management, Accounting specialization and online DBA Accounting specialization include global accounting issues faced by multinational organizations and other companies doing business globally; ethical and legal issues related to accounting; and the strategic, system-wide implications of accounting issues and practices. Capella's PhD in Business Management, IT Management specialization and DBA IT Management specialization cover such topics as aligning IT and business strategies, evaluating and guiding the implementation of IT governance models from a global perspective, guiding the implementation of IT policies and processes, and innovating and managing within the IT system development life cycle. Shared courses for Capella's PhD in Business Management, Project Management specialization and DBA Project Management specialization include advanced concepts and methodologies in project management, projects as complex adaptive systems, advanced risk management systems and research, and dynamics of program and portfolio management, with a focus on global project management theory and practice.

Enrollment now open

Capella is now accepting enrollment applications for these new education offerings. For more information, please call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552) or email

Review of the MS in Higher Education, Integrative Studies specialization is pending in AL, KS, KY, ND, SC, and WA.

Review of the PhD in Business Management program is pending in ND and SC.

For the BS in IT minors, Arkansas residents must complete Arkansas general education requirements.

About Capella University

Capella University ( is an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing quality online degree programs for working adults. Nearly 80 percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs in business, counseling, education, health administration, homeland security, human resource management, human services, information technology, nonprofit management and leadership, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public safety, and social work. Capella also offers bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, nursing, psychology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 144 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 17 certificate programs. More than 37,000 learners were enrolled as of March 31, 2012, from all 50 states and 59 other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993, Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

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