I have experience learning at both B&M and online universities. Personally they are both the same to me and have the same results. I have decided to pursue my Masters in Public Administration (although Public Policy would be more my taste) and have to earn it online due to living in small town Kansas. I have contacted both Walden and Capella (in fact applied to both). They are virtually the same cost ($25,000 for the program), have similar classes, and have similar reputations (depending on who you are talking to) BUT that is where the similaities end. Here are some differences between the two: Able to view required course books at Capella, not at Walden Walden offers the MPP in addition to the MPA Walden offers free one year ASPA membership, Capella does not Walden is also accredited by NASPAA, Capella is not Walden has honor societies, Capella does not I asked both "admissions counselors" (sales reps) why I should choose their school over the other. Both sidestepped the question and sent more promotional material. No stars for that one. I don't know if the extra accreditation matters or not. I don't know if they use "standard" texts or "specially prepared for" texts. I have experience with the latter at every school I have attended and do not think very highly of the quality. Does anyone have experience with either school? Is one school better than the other?