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Capella University's online PhD in business management degree program prepares you to assume a leadership role as a business professional. Designed for students who wish to become scholars — with the skills and knowledge to teach, consult or lead — this program focuses on business theory, research, and practice. Your course of study will include the research and observation of business systems, leadership, financial management, accounting, economics, strategy, and social responsibility.

With your PhD in business management, you’ll have acquired a mastery of research concepts through specialized courses and intensive, in-person learning experiences aimed at sharpening your abilities and confidence as both a scholar and business professional.

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 Business Management program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, hybrid courseroom experiences that include online and in-person components (called 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, residencies, 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, students must have successfully completed their first course and be currently enrolled.

Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in General Business Management from Capella, you'll apply leadership theories and techniques in the field of business management using advanced communication, collaboration and critical-thinking skills. You'll also synthesize interdisciplinary business knowledge and ethical concepts and models to advance the theory and practice of global business management. 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 General Business Management include business consultant, chief executive officer, controller, dean or associate dean of a business program, full-time faculty, director, president or vice president. Potential workplaces include consulting firm, corporation, government, land-based or online college or university, non-governmental organization or public and private education.