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SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE LEADERSHIP

PHD Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services Multidisciplinary Human Services specialization

Overview

Lead the change you want to see in your community. This online PhD program in Multidisciplinary Human Services takes your understanding of human service leadership, professional practice, research and ethics to a new level. Through your advanced studies and original doctoral research, you'll position yourself to guide policies, practices, and legislation that can significantly impact your community and the field of human services. You'll work with a rich network of experienced human services faculty and professional peers and also gain insights from professionals in other fields, such as public administration, public safety, and health care, who often collaborate with you to create community value.

This specialization is part of Capella University's broad portfolio of public service leadership offerings. Capella features a multidisciplinary approach to public service education that brings together faculty and learners from public administration, public safety, and health care, professions that often must work together to address complex public sector challenges. Students benefit because they gain an in-depth understanding of their specialized professions in the context of the larger public service environment.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD

Your PhD in Multidisciplinary Human Services program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (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 Multidisciplinary Human Services from Capella, you'll integrate knowledge of laws and policies, professional and ethical behaviors, and effective cultural, global, and diversity concepts within public service practice in order to achieve programmatic and organizational goals. You'll also learn to lead through the application of advanced communication, collaboration, advocacy and leadership techniques. 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.

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online PhD in Multidisciplinary Human Services include adjunct or part-time faculty, case manager, community programs director, development director, director of human service, director of community service, executive director, full-time faculty, senior center director or social service supervisor. Potential workplaces and fields include: child welfare/children's services, criminal justice/corrections, educational institutions, government, health care, mental health or the private sector.

For a More In-Depth Study

With this area of study, Capella also offers a program concentration — an opportunity to delve deeper into your specific knowledge area. Your program concentration can be included in your transcript to potentially enhance career opportunities.

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5976, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.