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Strategy and Innovation
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management

To survive and thrive in today’s business climate, confident leaders with bold strategies are essential. Capella’s online PhD in Business Management, Strategy and Innovation gives you the skills and knowledge to be a key player in the changing world of business, from small startups to global corporations. The program deepens your ability to analyze evidence-based strategies for business performance, and sets you up to teach, consult, or lead in diverse professional settings.

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

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 Strategy & Innovation 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 Strategy & Innovation.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Director of strategy and operations
  • Director, business research
  • Chief executive officer (CEO)
  • Chief operating officer (COO)
  • Business consultant
  • Adjunct or part-time business faculty
  • Full-time business faculty
  • Dean or associate dean of a business program
  • President
  • Vice president
  • Director
  • General manager

Employment settings to explore

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

*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.