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SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE LEADERSHIP

PHD Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services Nonprofit Management and Leadership specialization

Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online nonprofit management and leadership degree often wish to pursue leadership, faculty, or consulting positions in nonprofit organizations or are considering starting their own nonprofit organization.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Charitable organization
  • Civic/community organization
  • Environmental advocacy organization
  • Foundation
  • Government — local, state, federal
  • Health care organization
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Religious organization
  • Social/human services organization

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Chief development officer
  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief financial officer
  • Development director
  • Director of community engagement
  • Director of human resources
  • Director of training
  • Executive director
  • Full-time faculty
  • Fundraising/development manager
  • Marketing director
  • Planned-giving or major-gifts officer
  • President
  • Program director
  • Senior manager
  • Social service director/ administrator

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

†Some positions require licensure and/or other designations. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Doctoral degree graduates

Data from graduates across all doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella University doctoral graduates report satisfaction with salary, benefits, and responsibilities. Half of the graduates surveyed work in higher education and another 12 percent hold positions in the P–12 environment.

Satisfaction with Job Doctoral Degree Graduates Transcript

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.


Doctoral graduates report receiving salary increases and getting recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Around half those surveyed have advanced in their careers and just over a third have presented at a professional conference or worked as a consultant.

Career & Professional Accomplishments Doctoral Degree Graduates Transcript

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.