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Capella University's online PhD in Finance program is designed to advance your career and equip you to make a bigger impact within financial systems. Designed for students who wish to become scholars, with the skills and knowledge to teach, consult or lead, this program features a curriculum focused on research, scholarly writing, ethical theory, a global perspective, financial technology, and a systems-thinking approach.

You'll also grow your professional network through meaningful connections with faculty and fellow students, and receive invaluable insight and mentoring from our faculty, who have top academic credentials and deep experience as business scholars and practitioners.

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 Finance 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 degree program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in Finance from Capella, you'll evaluate financial theory and its application in global business, investment and capital market. You'll also assess diverse types of financial risks that organizations face to develop solutions in a globally competitive environment. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at

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 Finance include business researcher, chief executive/financial officer, controller, dean or associate dean of a business program, full-time faculty, director/vice president of business analysis and planning or senior finance manager. Potential workplaces include community college, consulting firm, corporation, government, land-based or online college or university, or nonprofit organization.