Capella University was approved by The U.S. Department of Education to offer an innovative "FlexPath" direct-assessment program in August 2013 making Capella one of the first schools to offer competency-based bachelor’s and master’s degree programs that utilize an approved direct-assessment learning model.
Capella’s FlexPath programs offer the potential to significantly reduce the cost of a degree, accelerate the time required for degree completion, and better align learning to the needs of the student.
Traditionally, degree programs are constructed around credit hours that measure the time required to complete specific courses. Under Capella University's FlexPath model, degree programs are constructed around the direct assessment of demonstrated competencies.
Connecticut-based Charter Oak State College is another online university that offers a wealth of opportunity for adult students who want to accelerate their education using challenge exams, military training and specialized business training programs.
More good news—all these “competency colleges” are ranked among the most affordable online universities in the U.S. by GetEducated.com’s national research team. If you’re a seasoned professional who seeks higher education that’s both fast and affordable, these online universities are well worth exploring.
Competency-based degrees, especially at the bachelor's level, are becoming very popular. Following the lead of the above four schools, more state universities are designing competency-based degrees to help professionals with hands-on experience "test out" of formal courses and accelerate their degree progress.
You didn’t say what kind of degree your friend earned. Most credit-for-experience programs apply only to undergraduate degrees—associate's or bachelor's. It is extremely rare for accredited online master's degree programs in the U.S. to award ANY credits for experience.
However; Capella University's FlexPath program allows the student to quickly get through courses where they can prove knowledge. This isn’t giving credit for life experience, but it is using life experience, where applicable; to fast forward through material that you may have learned on the job.
Capella offers 8 MBA, 2 IT Master's and 5 Psychology Master's programs. Depending on your experience in these areas, you may be able to apply experience gained through your job or life experiences to get through your MBA or Master's program more quickly.
A full list of the programs offered by Capella University are below. More information can be found on their website.
MBA – Accounting
MBA – Business Intelligence
MBA – Entrepreneurship
MBA – General Business Administration
MBA – Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
MBA – Health Care Management
MBA – Human Resource Management
MBA – Project Management
MS – General Information Systems & Technology Management
MS – Project Management
MS – Child and Adolescent Development
MS – Educational Psychology
MS – General Psychology
MS – Industrial/Organizational Psychology
MS – Sport Psychology
In general, if your friend claims to have earned a master's or doctorate degree online based solely on life experience, check his credentials carefully. He was probably the victim of a life experience degree scam, and his work experience degree has almost certainly been issued by a “diploma mill.”
Diploma mills are fake online colleges that “mill” or crank out worthless paper degrees to thousands of unsuspecting students each year. You can consult a list of diploma mill schools to determine if the university your friend attended is a real accredited university or a probable scam.
Vicky Phillips was cited in 2009 by US News & World Report as "for 20 years the leading consumer advocate for online college students." In 1989 she designed America's first online counseling center for distance learners on AOL. In 1998 she authored the first print guide to online graduate degrees, Best Distance Learning Graduate Schools put out by the Princeton Review. In 2001 she authored Never Too Late to Learn the Adult Student's Guide to College.