Capella University's online PhD in Social and Community Services program deepens your knowledge of social issues and public service leadership. This program offers in-depth study of major community and social issues and social science research, along with elective courses that allow you to focus on areas that reflect your professional interests and career goals.
As part of Capella's broad portfolio of public service leadership offerings, this program features a multidisciplinary approach to public service education that provides you with an in-depth understanding of your specialized professions in the context of the larger public service environment.
This program is not designed to meet licensure requirements for the social work professions.
The Building Blocks of Your PhD
Your PhD in Social and Community Services 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.
With your PhD in Social and Community Services from Capella, you'll critically evaluate theories and practices, as well as social phenomena, in the social and community services profession. You'll also learn to conduct valid, reliable, and ethical research in the social and community services discipline. 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 Social and Community Services include executive director, advisor, case manager/worker, director, program manager, faculty, or supervisor. Potential workplaces and fields include: aging/gerontology, child welfare/children's services, community organization, employment/occupational social services, faculty at a college or university, international social services, management/administration, mental health/clinical social services or policy and planning.
For a More In-Depth Study
With this area of study, Capella also offers a program concentration — an opportunity to delve deeper into your specific knowledge area. Your program concentration can be included in your transcript to potentially enhance career opportunities.
To learn more, call 866.933.5978, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.