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Overview

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 gain 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.

By 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.

Flexible: Enjoy greater control and the ability to take one to three courses per quarter, with Capella’s online learning model. Calculate My Costs & Graduation Date

Credible: Capella is an accredited and nationally recognized university. Our academic offerings are professionally-aligned and many are accredited. Our collaboration with the reputable Wall Street Journal opens up an additional pool of knowledge, which can help you excel in your career. 

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.

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

Capella and The Wall Street Journal: A collaboration that works for you


Capella University has teamed with The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) 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.

As one of the many ways we support the business learning experience, the annual Capella Business Leader Award, sponsored by The Wall Street Journal, offers three eligible business students the chance to visit the epicenter of U.S. business. The 2015 award recipients will travel to New York City to visit WSJ headquarters, meet with Dow Jones Talent Development leaders, ring the bell on the NASDAQ, and much more!

*To be eligible for full digital access to WSJ.com, students must have successfully completed their first course and be currently enrolled.

Degree Outcomes

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.

People with Doctoral degrees in Business from Capella earn an average of $42,000 more per year than people who only hold a Master's degree.

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Career Outcomes

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.