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Capella University's online PhD in Strategy and Innovation is designed for students who wish to learn the skills and knowledge to teach, consult, or lead. This program features a curriculum that emphasizes evidence-based, multi-disciplinary research for analyzing global trends. 

Through this program, students will 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.

Flexible: Capella’s online courses are designed for busy working professionals like you. There are no in-person classes, which means you design your course schedule to fit around your life. Calculate My Costs & Graduation Date

Credible: Capella’s programs are professionally aligned and many are accredited. Moreover, Capella’s collaboration with The Wall Street Journal enhances your academic experience, while also giving you a competitive edge in your career.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD

Your PhD in Strategy and Innovation 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.

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 Strategy and Innovation from Capella, you'll be able to apply strategy and innovation theory research, assess the information needs for effective strategy and innovation and leverage accepted and emerging strategy and innovation theories. Additionally, you'll learn to integrate data needed to support evidence-based strategy and innovation with an emphasis on emerging trends and technological influences in a global environment. 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 Strategy and Innovation include faculty member, dean or associate dean of a business program, chief executive officer (CEO), chief operating officer (COO) or president. Potential workplaces include: land-based or online college or university, community college, corporation, consulting firm, nonprofit or government agency.