Accounting PhD in Business Management

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management

Be the expert who will help business thrive

Enhance your ability to effect change and build business. Capella’s online PhD in Business Management, Accounting degree will take your experience to the next level in accounting research, practice, and education and give you a deeper understanding of how to approach interrelated issues, processes, and functions within business organizations. You’ll grow your skills and knowledge in teaching, consulting, and leading. You’ll focus on research, scholarly writing, ethical theory, a global perspective, accounting technology, and a systems-thinking approach.

At a Glance

  • Online & in-person
  • 11 Core courses
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • 1 Elective course
  • 3 Residencies
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation

Classes Start September 14th

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.

We’ve decided to waive all application fees until further notice.

What you’ll learn

Evaluate accounting systems

Learn to evaluate conceptual models, theoretical frameworks, and technological and organizational accounting systems.

Build a firm foundation

Gain a solid understanding of the ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks that guide accounting theory and practice.

Think critically

Master academic research, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Conduct viable research

Conduct ethical scholarly research through traditional or innovative methods in the field of business management.

Learn to lead

Apply business management leadership techniques using advanced communication and collaboration skills.

Move toward change

Evaluate business principles and systems theories and how they effect change in diverse and global environments.

Our unique doctoral structure

Our PhD in Business Management, Accounting 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.

PhD in Business Management, Accounting program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

$5,000 quarterly tuition maximum

Maximize your courseload – take six or more credits per quarter and pay just $5,000*.

A flexible courseload

Capella’s online learning model offers you the ability to take one to three courses per quarter, giving you more schedule control.

*Cost of each residency is included in the $5,000 quarterly tuition maximum; travel, lodging, meals, and other expenses are not included. Books, supplies, and other fees may apply. Tuition subject to change.

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. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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
$965 per credit $5K Quarterly Tuition Max, 90 total quarter credits, 12 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. 

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

$5K toward your doctorate

Apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree.

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

PhD in Accounting sample courses

Our online PhD in Business Management, Accounting curriculum develops advanced knowledge of accounting research, practice, and education. You’ll think critically about and formulate appropriate solutions to global-era accounting problems. The program includes dissertation research seminars which allow you to get an early start on your dissertation.

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Advanced Research in Accounting

This course advances learners’ skills in multidisciplinary research in accounting. Learners develop their skills by using LexisNexis and other research tools to efficiently and effectively conduct research across a broad range of accounting topics, including legal and regulatory guidance and social perspectives. Learners analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and report their research findings to develop decision frameworks and practice in accounting.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

4 quarter credits
Financial Reporting

Learners in this course study financial accounting standards and practices and associated legal, regulatory, and reporting issues. Learners focus on the relationship between financial accounting research and practice and explore related emerging trends, technologies, and societal implications.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Accounting in the Global Era

In this course, learners study international accounting standards and the evolving process of harmonization. U.S.-based Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are compared with those of other countries. The influence of cultures, globalization, and technology on accounting standards is also examined. Learners focus on research and practice while exploring emerging trends in the profession and society. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Forensic Accounting

Learners in this course study the requirements, processes, and techniques used to present accounting and financial information in the legal environment. Learners focus on the relationship between forensic accounting research and practice and explore related emerging trends, technologies, and societal implications. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

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Accounting professional paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online accounting doctoral degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time business faculty
  • Full-time business faculty
  • Dean or associate dean of a business program
  • Business researcher
  • Chief financial officer (CFO)
  • Consultant
  • Controller
  • Senior accountant
  • Senior auditor
  • Vice president of finance
  • Forensic accountant

Employment settings to explore

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Corporation
  • Accounting firm
  • Consulting firm
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Self-employment
  • Insurance firm
  • Health care organization
  • Manufacturing
  • Small business

*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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