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Overview

Capella University's online PhD in accounting program maximizes your ability to affect change and play a pivotal role in businesses and organizations. Designed for students who wish to gain the skills and knowledge to teach, consult, or lead — the curriculum focuses on research, scholarly writing, ethical theory, a global perspective, accounting technology, and a systems-thinking approach.

By developing an advanced knowledge in accounting research, practice, and education, you'll gain a deep understanding of how accounting practice can improve interrelated issues, processes, and functions within business organizations.

You'll also have the opportunity to participate in Capella's international experience. This optional trip is designed to provide multinational networking, increased cultural literacy, and global operations learning experience.

Affordable

By maximizing your courseload each quarter, you can save time and money. Students pay a $5,000 flat-rate tuition maximum when talking six or more credits, or $925 per credit when taking up to five credits.

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Flexible

Enjoy greater control and the ability to take one to three courses per quarter, with Capella’s online learning model. 

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Accredited

This specialization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP). 

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The Building Blocks of Your PhD

In your PhD in Accounting program, you will begin work on your dissertation immediately. Our curriculum begins with programs of research to help you determine your topic and incorporates credit-bearing dissertation research seminars with assistance blended into coursework. Expert faculty, research methodologists, and advisors provide the right assistance at the right time, when you need it. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you seamlessly through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, dissertation research seminars, comprehensive exams, and dissertation all fit together.

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

Capella and The Wall Street Journal: A collaboration that works for you

Capella University has teamed with The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) to offer business students full digital access to the most timely, relevant business news, enhancing your academic experience and giving you a competitive edge in your career.

The annual Capella Business Leader Award, sponsored by WSJ, helps inspire our students to reach their potential. Each year, three eligible business students are recognized as business leaders and given the opportunity to visit Wall Street, the epicenter of U.S. business.

Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in Accounting from Capella, you'll evaluate evolving conceptual models, theoretical frameworks, and technological and organizational systems and their implications for accounting theory and practice. You'll also assess ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks that guide accounting theory and practice. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at CapellaResults.com.

People with Doctoral degrees in Business from Capella earn an average of $42,000 more per year than people who only hold a Master's degree.

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Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online PhD in Accounting include: business researcher, chief financial officer, controller, dean or associate dean of business and/or accounting program, full-time faculty, senior auditor, and senior accountant. Potential workplaces include: accounting firm, community college, consulting firm, corporation, government, and self-employed.