PhD in Business Management Program

School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Administration

Solve real-world business and organizational problems and master research concepts to sharpen your confidence.

Why choose Capella?

Whether you want to teach, consult, or lead, Capella’s flexible online doctoral business programs provide skills and knowledge to move your career forward as well as fit your schedule.

Quarterly Tuition Maximum

You pay a $5,000 flat-rate tuition maximum when taking six or more credits, or $965 per credit when taking up to five credits.*

Virtual Residencies to Develop Expertise

You’ll begin work on your dissertation during your first doctoral project seminar—completing 2 of 16 dissertation milestones before your comprehensive exams. 

A Mentor for You

You'll be matched with a post-comprehensive exam program mentor, who will assist and support you as you progress forward.

Transfer up to 12 Credits

You may be able to save time and money by transferring credits from regionally accredited or internationally recognized institutions.

Full Access to WSJ

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

*Cost of each residency is included in the $5,000 quarterly tuition maximum; travel, lodging, meals and other expenses are not included.

Our Unique Doctoral Structure

Our PhD in Business Management program is designed to remove roadblocks for you and demystify the dissertation process. This unique approach centers on supporting you in three ways: through program structure, a dedicated faculty and support team, and online resources. To help generate momentum toward graduation, you’ll begin your dissertation early in the program. Our faculty, support team, and online resources will help guide you every step of the way.

Program specializations

Learn more about admissions requirements, costs, and courses for your specialization.

To meet an ACBSP requirement, graduation data and performance analyses are available.

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

Relevant blog posts

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