Doctoral Degrees in Business

Start on Your Doctoral Path

Ready to consult, teach, or lead in business? Capella’s flexible online doctoral business programs can help take your career to the highest level. 


PhD in Business Management

Prepare to assume a leadership role as a business professional—learn to teach, consult, or lead as you research business systems, management, economics, and more.


Doctor of Business Administration

Understand foundational business theories and apply them to solve a real-world problem in the workplace through an applied doctoral research project.

What's it like to be a doctoral student?

What does it take to earn a doctoral degree? Learn more about the experience, explore each step of the journey, and read stories from students who have successfully earned their doctorate.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Why Choose Capella?

Gain the business prestige and respect that comes from a PhD or DBA from Capella, and become a business influencer.

Two Learning Formats

Choose the option that fits. GuidedPath, a flexible, yet structured approach or FlexPath, a self-paced format.

A Mentor for You

You’ll be matched with a mentor who will support, guide, and encourage you, providing feedback to keep you moving forward.

Distinguished Faculty

Our faculty is made up of scholar-practitioners who are active within their professions and bring real-world experience to the courseroom. 

Full Access to WSJ

We’ve teamed with The Wall Street Journal to give business students full digital access to timely, relevant business news.

Capella’s Delta Mu Delta

Membership is a mark of excellence in business studies, signaling a commitment to academics and leadership potential.

Expert Advisory Board

Capella's School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Administration Advisory Board ensures our curriculum is developed with the insight and support of industry leaders.

Relevant blog posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

PhD in Business Management vs. Doctor of Business Administration

Two doctoral programs focused on business. What are the differences, and which one is right for you?

How Will a Doctoral Degree Help My Career?

There’s plenty to think about when considering a PhD or professional doctorate—what program, what field, what to research and how—but the ultimate question might be: What does it mean for your career?

Ready for the next step?

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.