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 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 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 CapellaResults.com.
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.