Capella University's online PhD in leadership degree program enables you to draw from multiple leadership approaches to fortify an organization’s viability. Designed for students who wish to become scholars — with the skills and knowledge to teach, consult or lead — this program’s curriculum centers around leadership, research, strategy, technology, and ethics.
In addition to your online courses, you’ll complete 3 residential colloquia, each of which includes a 4-day weekend experience. The aim of these energizing residencies is to instill insights and knowledge that will prove invaluable throughout your PhD studies and beyond.
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 Leadership 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 Leadership from Capella, you'll evaluate the historical and theoretical bases of leadership through a multi-disciplinary lens to develop leadership perspectives which ensure the viability of the organization in a dynamic global environment. You'll also learn to integrate multiple ways of thinking including creative thinking, reflective thinking, statistical thinking, critical thinking, and systems thinking, to inform leaders' decision making. 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 Leadership include business researcher, consultant, executive-level management, leadership development manager/director or research director. Potential workplaces include consulting firm, corporation, government, land-based or online college or university, public/private education or nonprofit organization.