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Overview

Capella University's online PhD in Professional Studies program prepares you to teach or train effectively in professional and business settings. This program provides optimal opportunity for you to build upon previous knowledge and experience, and choose course work and research topics most interesting or relevant to your current position or career aspirations.

You will also have the option to earn a Post-Master's Certificate in Enrollment Management (along with a professional Enrollment Management certificate from Noel-Levitz) or a Post-Master's Certificate in College Teaching as part of your program.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD

Your PhD in Professional Studies 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 Professional Studies in Education from Capella, you'll learn to educate effectively in professional and business settings, provide leadership by analyzing and challenging current theories and practices, and lead change processes. Additionally, you will gain the skills to conduct high quality, scholarly research about education and training in professional and business settings. 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 Professional Studies in Education include director of education, faculty member, assessment coordinator, distance learning specialist, curriculum specialist, and program coordinator. Potential workplaces include state agency, government, Pā€“12 school district, nonprofit organization, and land-based or online college or university.