Capella University's online PhD in Accounting program maximizes your ability to affect change and play a pivotal role in businesses and organizations. Designed for students who wish to become scholars — with the skills and knowledge to teach, consult or lead — the curriculum focuses on research, scholarly writing, ethical theory, a global perspective, accounting technology, and a systems-thinking approach.
Developing an advanced knowledge in accounting research, practice, and education, you'll gain a deep understanding of how accounting practice can improve interrelated issues, processes, and functions within business organizations.
You'll also have the opportunity to participate in Capella's international experience. This optional trip is designed to provide multinational networking, increased cultural literacy and global operations learning experience.
The Building Blocks of Your PhD
Your PhD in Accounting program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, hybrid courseroom experiences that include online and in-person components (called colloquia or residencies), comprehensive exams, and dissertation. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a PhD.
View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, colloquia, comprehensive exams, and dissertation all fit together.
Capella and The Wall Street Journal: A collaboration that works for you
Capella University is collaborating with The Wall Street Journal to offer business students full digital access* to the most timely, relevant business news, enhancing your academic experience and giving you a competitive edge in your career. It’s insight you can use at every step of your career – from impressing interviewers with your knowledge of business trends to providing thought leadership in business roles.
*To be eligible for full digital access to WSJ.com, students must have successfully completed their first course and be currently enrolled.
With your PhD in Accounting from Capella, you'll evaluate evolving conceptual models, theoretical frameworks, and technological and organizational systems and their implications for accounting theory and practice. You'll also assess ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks that guide accounting theory and practice. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.
View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at CapellaResults.com.
Common jobs with an online PhD in Accounting include: business researcher, chief financial officer, controller, dean or associate dean of business and/or accounting program, full-time faculty, senior auditor, and senior accountant. Potential workplaces include: accounting firm, community college, consulting firm, corporation, government, and self-employed.