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Capella University's online PhD in Project Management program prepares you to lead strategically in a business setting.

Project managers play an increasingly strategic role within their companies and are being recognized as "leadership track" employees. This program offers the opportunity to develop the project-management and business expertise of an effective leader. You will also develop solid research skills, culminating in a dissertation that advances the body of knowledge in this field.

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 Project Management 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 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 Project Management from Capella, you'll evaluate functional and cross functional management approaches appropriate for project, programs and portfolios ranging from operational to strategic, small to complex, and local to global. You'll also learn to synthesize multi-disciplinary theories that inform and shape theory and practice of Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing the project. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

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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 Project Management include director of project management, director of program office, program manager, program director, senior project manager or vice president of project management. Potential workplaces include community college, consulting firm, corporation, government or nonprofit organization.