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Human Resource Management
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management

Capella’s online PhD in Business Management, Human Resource Management equips you with skills to develop winning teams and empower people to do their best work. This program builds on a curriculum of ethics, research, and practice in the human resource field – including a focus on diverse perspectives, new technologies, and emerging trends in the workplace. Our rigorous coursework will help you fuse theory and practice to form a basis for your own research and become an expert in global workforce issues.

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 July 8

Use the code WINTER to waive the $50 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 Human Resource Management degree?

Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to consider with a PhD in Business Management, Human Resource Management.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time human resource management faculty
  • Full-time human resource management faculty
  • Dean or associate dean of business program
  • Human resource director
  • Director/vice president, human resources
  • Director/vice president talent acquisition
  • Director/vice president labor relations
  • Director/vice president EEO and/or diversity
  • Director/vice president compensation and benefits
  • Director/vice president human resource development
  • Chief human resource officer (CHRO)
  • Senior human resource manager

Employment settings to explore

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

*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.