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Accounting Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management

School of Business and Technology

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.

What to Expect

  • Online & In Person
  • 11 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • 3 Residencies
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation

Classes Start April 9th

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.

Admissions Requirements » | $50 Application Fee

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.

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. 

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
$925 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

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

Student Success Story

"Capella gives you flexibility to work your real life around your education. It’s not easy, but you can do it.”

Kentaya Beeler

PhD in Business Management, Accounting

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

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.

Dissertation Research Seminar

Allows you to work extensively on your dissertation topic, methodology, literature review, and research plan from the beginning of your program. 

Personal Program Mentor

You'll be matched with a post-comprehensive exam program mentor, who will assist and support you as you progress forward.

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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
BMGT8110 Advanced Research in Accounting
BMGT8112 Financial Reporting
BMGT8114 Accounting in the Global Era
BMGT8116 Forensic Accounting
BMGT8118 Advancing Accounting Theory

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise 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.  

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

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.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

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.

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Move Forward in Your Career

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 faculty
  • Business researcher
  • Chief financial officer
  • Consultant
  • Controller
  • Dean or associate dean of business and/or accounting program
  • Forensic accountant
  • Full-time faculty
  • Senior auditor
  • Senior accountant
  • Vice president of finance

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Community college
  • Consulting firm
  • Corporation
  • Government
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Public and private education
  • Varies based on consulting client

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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