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Leadership and Organizational Management Doctor of Human Services

School of Counseling and Human Services

Lead, Advocate, Inspire Change

Our times call for constructive collaboration with organizations, communities, and individuals. Provide solutions as a leader and channel your expertise for positive outcomes in a challenging world.

We've designed our online Doctor of Human Services (DHS), Leadership and Organizational Management program for working professionals who are passionate about transforming organizations and making a difference.

This program can help you build skills and knowledge that you can use to advance your career as an effective human services leader.

Capella offers both a PhD and a professional doctorate in human services. This program is not designed to meet licensure requirements for the social work and counseling professions.

At a Glance

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

Classes Start January 7th

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.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

DHS—Program Highlights

Professionally Aligned Curriculum

Built by experts in the field, this DHS program is designed around the Council for Standards in Human Services Education and National Organization for Human Services.

Groundbreaking Program

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

Real-World Learning with Virtual Simulations

Courses in your DHS program include access to RiverBend City, an interactive tool where you apply what you’re learning in a realistic, multidisciplinary environment.

Transformational Leadership Skills

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

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

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

Flexible, Engaging Online Learning

Participate in course discussions and activities as part of demonstrating innovative and timely theory, research, and practice.

25 Years of Online Doctoral Experience

With over 25 years of experience in online doctoral education, we understand the unique needs of doctoral students, and have designed our programs to meet those needs. We've structured our programs to help you reach your goals and obtain critical skills—with our expert faculty, support teams, and online resources to help guide you every step of the way.

Meet Your DHS Faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach you critical knowledge and skills and to help enrich your education and career by bringing real-world relevance to the courseroom. Your faculty will include:

Dinah Manns, EdD

Faculty Chair, Human Services & Research

Paige Krabill, PsyD, LSP, HS-BCP

Associate Chair, Human Services

Carolyn Allen, PhD, MSS, MA

Core Faculty, Human Services

Get the Support You Need for Success

You’ll never go it alone at Capella. Our dedicated support teams are waiting to help 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.  

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.

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

DHS Sample Courses

In your leadership and organizational management specialization, you’ll focus 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.

HMSV8404 Leadership Theory and Practice in For-Profit, Nonprofit, and Government Human Services Programs 4 quarter credits
HMSV8406 Community Collaboration and Outreach in Human Services 4 quarter credits
HMSV8304 Strategic Planning and Organizational Effectiveness for Human Services 4 quarter credits
HMSV8214 Funding and Grant Writing Skills for Human Services 4 quarter credits
HMSV8320 Effective Negotiation and Mediation Skills for Human Services Leaders 4 quarter credits

What You’ll Learn

The work you do in the leadership and organizational management specialization can help you unlock your potential as a human services leader.

  • Apply leadership principles and strategies for effective management.
  • Learn the essentials for leading for-profit, nonprofit, and government programs.
  • Develop evaluation skills to predict what a given program may need within a defined cycle.

  • Employ data and analytics tools to guide programs and meet target populations’ needs.
  • Understand and use professional ethics and cultural competence as it applies to human services.
  • Communicate with compassion and understanding in all professional interactions.

DHS in Leadership & Organizational Management – Career Insights

Find the Right Human Services Career for You

Jobs in human services range from working with clients to managing organizations to building infrastructures.

Why Collaboration is Key to Human Services

Collaboration is the new norm for human services. These three examples from the field demonstrate why.

Difference Between a Doctor of Human Services and PhD in Human Services

Find out which type of doctoral degree in human services is the best match for your career goals.

DHS in Leadership & Organizational Management—Professional Paths

Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the job titles and employment settings to explore as you consider a DHS, Leadership and Organizational Management program.

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.

Other Programs to Explore

Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals.

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