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Leadership and Organizational Management Doctor of Human Services

School of Counseling and Human Services

Lead Dynamic and Diverse Human Services Organizations

Guiding a diverse community or organization takes strong leadership. Your experience and passion need advanced skills to make it happen. Our online Doctor of Human Services, Leadership and Organizational Management teaches how you can help transform organizations and empower culturally diverse communities for social change. You will grow in self awareness of your own leadership style and build on your dedication with new skills. A holistic view with an emphasis on collaboration gives you the tools to advance your career as an effective executive in human services.

This program is not designed to meet licensure requirements for the social work and counseling professions.

At a Glance

  • 100% Online
  • 6 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses 
  • 3 Elective Course 
  • 1 Keystone Course
  • 1 Doctoral Capstone

Classes Start October 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admission Requirements » | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Lead Effectively

Apply leadership principles and strategies to effectively manage for-profit, nonprofit, and government organizations.

Plan for Success

Lead programs in for-profit, nonprofit, and government programs with strategic planning and outcome measurement.

Evaluate Effectively

Predict the program evaluation need for fiscal and organizational sustainability in a defined cycle.

Decide Using Data

Apply data and analytics tools to guide programs in meeting the needs of identified target populations.

Develop Cultural Competence

Apply professional ethics and cultural competence in the human services profession.

Communicate Professionally

Scholarly and professional communication respectful of the diversity, dignity, and integrity of others.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Transformational Leadership Skills

Apply advanced human services skills to collaboratively resolve current issues in diverse communities and settings.

Leader in the Field

Capella is one of the first universities to offer a Doctor of Human Services program.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty who are actively engaged in the human services profession.


Capella offers both a PhD and a professional doctorate in human services. Choose the PhD if your interest is research in policy and program design for systemic change in the profession. Choose the Doctor of Human Services to apply advocacy and problem solving research in the community.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$697 per credit, 72 total quarter credits, 20 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

10% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Accredited & Respected

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

Sample Courses

The coursework for this specialization focuses on applying skills in effective negotiation and mediation, conflict management, and creating effective collaboration across an organization.

Keystone Course

Work with a faculty member who can help you examine key support elements and identify potential project sites for your capstone topic.

Doctoral Capstone

Develop your project, write your findings, and demonstrate your use of evidence to improve outcomes or resolve a gap in the field.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
HMSV8404 Leadership Theory and Practice in For-Profit, Nonprofit, and Government Human Services Programs
HMSV8406 Community Collaboration and Outreach in Human Services
HMSV8304 Strategic Planning and Organizational Effectiveness for Human Services
HMSV8214 Funding and Grant Writing Skills in Human Services
HMSV8320 Effective Negotiations and Mediation Skills for Human Services Leaders


Your courses include access to RiverBend City, an interactive tool where you apply what you’re learning in a realistic, multidisciplinary environment. You will develop skills as a collaborative leader, negotiator, communicator, and advocate.

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Capstone Mentors

You’ll be paired with a knowledgeable mentor early in your program to help you move toward completion of your capstone project.

Relevant Blog Posts

Find the Right Human Services Career for You

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Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online Doctor of Human Services with a specialization in Leadership and Organizational Management.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Adjunct, part-time or full-time human services faculty
  • Social services manager
  • Social services director
  • Executive director
  • Program director, children and family services
  • Program manager, children and family services
  • Adoption services manager
  • Director of child welfare services
  • Vocational rehabilitation administrator
  • Director

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Individual and family services
  • Continuing care retirement facility
  • Government - local, state, federal
  • Religious organization
  • Grantmaking/giving service
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Private for-profit social service company
  • Clinic
  • Hospital
  • Shelter

*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.

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