Our Unique Doctoral Structure

You’re driven to make a difference. And you deserve a doctoral learning experience designed with you in mind. Our unique online doctoral program is structured for adult learners to keep you on track toward your goal.

Start Your Dissertation Early

Our approach to online doctoral education sets us apart from other schools, giving you a head start on your dissertation. We structure our PhD programs around a clear set of milestones, where you begin working on your dissertation early in your program, generate momentum, and reach education goals.

Faculty and Support Team

You'll be surrounded by people who support, mentor, and help empower you every step of your doctoral journey.


Faculty are scholar-practitioners who are deeply committed to your success, and will be a critical source of feedback during your academic development.

Faculty Mentors

Faculty mentors are your dissertation experts who help you navigate your educational experience.

Academic Advisors

Academic advisors are committed to supporting your academic development and progress.


Librarians help with the vital stage of research and are accessible by email, phone, and at residencies.

Writing Coaches

Writing coaches offer strategies to help you develop in the area of academic writing.

Financing Aid Advisors

Financial aid advisors help you understand strategies for financing your education.

Career Counselors

Career counselors suggest activities throughout your program to help you reach your career goals.

Enrollment Counselors

Enrollment counselors help you find your program fit, navigate the admissions process, and get you started.

Online Resources

You have access to a host of online resources that are critical to your doctoral journey.

Academic and Dissertation Planning Tools

You’ll find a wealth of materials regarding the dissertation process, including a dissertation milestone guide, dissertation calculator, dissertation manual, and more.


The online library has countless resources and databases relevant to your research, including hard-to-locate materials. Experienced librarians are available to help aid you in your research.

Writing Center

The Writing Center is your one-stop resource for writing help. It’s designed to help you improve your academic writing skills. For more personalized support, you can connect directly with a writing coach.

Career Center

You'll find a variety of resources (e.g., resume/CV builder, job search tools, career exploration guides, etc.) developed specifically for Capella students and alumni, as well as personal assistance from professional career counselors.

Self-Management Tools

To assist you in your journey, Capella has created resources specifically designed for doctoral students to help with staying motivated, handling stress, organization, time management, and relationship management.

Quantitative Skills Center

You’ll find resources and live support in statistics, and other quantitative skill areas. Strengthening such skills can help boost your research, problem-solving, decision-making, and critical-thinking abilities.

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Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.