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Overview

Capella University's online PhD in Instructional Design program gives you choices to make a difference in the online education field. This program focuses on the theory and leadership of instructional design, including creating and applying instructional design models, leading the implementation of instructional solutions, leading strategic instructional design initiatives, and conducting and applying instructional design research.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD

Your PhD in Instructional Design 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.

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Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella, you'll learn to lead instructional design initiatives, organizations, and work groups. Additionally, you'll be able to contribute to the enrichment of the instructional design and development discipline and cultivate ethical behavior in the organization and broader community. Discover specifically what you'll learn ā€” and how you can apply it.

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at CapellaResults.com.

People with Doctoral degrees in Education from Capella earn an average of $21,000 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 Instructional Design for Online Learning include full-time or adjunct faculty, dean of distance education, vice president of education services, director of e-learning, faculty development specialist, and director of distance or continuing education. Potential workplaces include: land-based or online college or university, corporation, military education, adult education program, Pā€“12 education or government.