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Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management

Enhance your ability to strengthen businesses at their core as you prepare to lead, consult, or teach. Capella’s online PhD in Business Management, Accounting degree will give you a deeper understanding of interrelated issues, processes, and functions within business organizations. The curriculum is focused on research, scholarly writing, ethical theory, global perspectives, accounting technology, and a systems-thinking approach.

Virtual Residencies

Network with faculty and peers, and gain access to valuable resources to use during your program and beyond, through three doctoral virtual residencies.

Research mentor

Maintain progress through your dissertation; we’ll pair you with an academic mentor who can help you keep your momentum.


Stay on track with your academic goals and dissertation; we’ll help you organize your work into manageable segments.

Classes start October 7

Apply today with no application fee.

At a glance

  • Online
  • 11 Core courses
  • 12 max transfer credits
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • 1 Elective course
  • 3 Virtual Residencies
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation
  • ACBSP-accredited

Reduce your tuition by $20,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $20K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with a PhD in Accounting degree?

Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online accounting doctoral degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time business faculty
  • Full-time business faculty
  • Dean or associate dean of a business program
  • Business researcher
  • Chief financial officer (CFO)
  • Consultant
  • Controller
  • Senior accountant
  • Senior auditor
  • Vice president of finance
  • Forensic accountant

Employment settings to explore

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Corporation
  • Accounting firm
  • Consulting firm
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Self-employment
  • Insurance firm
  • Health care organization
  • Manufacturing
  • Small business

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.