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Gain increased credibility as a leader in training and performance improvement through this online PhD specialization that also includes valuable certification in ROI Methodology from the ROI Institute. Based on the American Society for Training & Development's (ASTD) Human Performance Improvement model, the program is designed to deepen your understanding of strategic and tactical issues that are critical to the success of performance improvement interventions, and provide you opportunity to advance the field through your own doctoral research.

This specialization is not designed to satisfy licensure requirements for P–12 public school teachers or administrators. Begin to research and understand your state's licensure requirements right away, find answers to common questions, explore how Capella programs fit with your state's standards and requirements, and get links to important state resources. Visit the Education Licensure Resource site.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD

Your PhD in Training and Performance Improvement 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 program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

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Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in Training and Performance Improvement from Capella, you'll be able to evaluate systems performance, select and design interventions, support training and performance improvement in the workplace, and lead training and performance improvement processes. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

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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 Training and Performance Improvement include learning director, director of corporate training, training and performance consultant, faculty member or director of academic improvement programs. Potential workplaces include: P–12 education (organizational performance), corporation, government, land-based or online college or university, or the military.