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PhD in Human Services Programs

School of Public Service Leadership

Be a leader for positive change in your community. Apply theory and new skills using a multidisciplinary approach to real-world challenges in a Capella online PhD in Human Services program.

Why Choose Capella?

In Capella’s PhD in Human Services program, you’ll tap into insights that can help you create the positive changes you’d like to see in your community. 

Professionally Aligned Curriculum

Our competency-based curriculum aligns with professional standards so you gain the most relevant skills and knowledge.

Relevant, Real-World Education

Build teamwork skills and take on real-world challenges with RiverBend City, which simulates on-the-job situations.

Comprehensive Doctoral Support

Experts will support you throughout your coursework, residencies, and dissertation to keep you moving toward your goals.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Collaborate with professionals in other fields to help you gain insights that make a meaningful impact in the communities you serve.

Programs that Fit Your Life

Tackle coursework on your schedule with 24/7 access to your courseroom anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced PhD faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.

Program Specializations

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

We believe in being transparent about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella Degree. Learn more about Capella’s learning outcomes and gainful employment.

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

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.

Why Collaboration is Key to Human Services

Collaboration is the new norm for human services. These 3 examples from the field demonstrate why.

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Find the Right Human Services Career for You

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

Read the blog post »

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.

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DPA

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