PhD in Education

School of Public Service and Education

Funnel your passion for education into expanding your expertise in administration, curriculum and instruction, and more in our online PhD in Education program.

Why choose Capella?

Our PhD in Education program includes online coursework, residencies, a comprehensive examination, and a dissertation, providing a wide range of experiences to help you reach your doctoral goals.

Comprehensive Virtual Residency Program

Make progress toward your dissertation with virtual residencies and credit-bearing doctoral project development seminars blended into your coursework.

Shared First Course

Not sure of your program fit? All doctoral programs share the same first course, so you can apply the credits to the program you choose.

Extensive Doctoral Support

Experts will support you throughout your degree to help you meet doctoral challenges and reach your short- and long-term goals.

Maximize Your Transfer Credits

You may be able to reduce tuition and time to complete your degree with up to 16 transfer credits.

Professionally Aligned Curriculum

Every assignment, course, and program is designed to deliver the knowledge and expertise required for success.

Reduce your tuition by $5,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details. Apply Now

Our Unique Doctoral Structure

Our PhD in Education 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.

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

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.

Overcoming Obstacles on Path to a PhD in Education Degree

No obstacle was too much for Courtney Bergman- even if it meant completing coursework at 2 am.

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Develop your expertise with a specialization in administration, curriculum, technology, and more in this practitioner-focused program. 

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