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Project Management
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management

Capella's online PhD in Business Management, Project Management prepares you to strategize and lead projects in a wide range of global and complex business environments. Learn current and emerging project management methodologies, contemporary leadership theories and practices, and communications approaches to help you grow as an effective leader. Become a driving force in the field as you develop high-level research skills, culminating in a dissertation that advances project management as a whole.

The mission of Capella University’s PhD in Business Management specialization in Project Management is to promote the development of business-focused knowledge and research skills necessary to effectively lead projects in one’s professional career.

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.

Capella is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide assurance that we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability.

The PhD in Business Management with a specialization in project management is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).*

See all our accreditations and recognitions.

To meet a PMI-GAC accreditation requirement, student achievement data can be found here.

The GAC Accredited Program seal is a mark of Project Management Institute, Inc.

*The FlexPath option for the project management specializations are not accredited by PMI-GAC.

What can you do with a PhD in Project 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 Project Management.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time project business faculty
  • Full-time business faculty
  • Dean or associate dean of business program
  • Business researcher
  • Consultant
  • Program manager
  • Program director
  • Vice president of project management
  • Senior project manager
  • Director of project management
  • Director of program office

Employment settings to explore

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

*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.