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Advanced Studies in Human Behavior Doctor of Philosophy in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior

Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science

Overview

Capella University's online PhD in Human Behavior program gives you the knowledge and skills to advance your career and make a difference in your community. This program is designed for students pursuing advanced educational, consultative, or leadership roles in institutional, public, or private settings.

The curriculum emphasizes advanced research and interdisciplinary leadership theory, program development and evaluation, and social influences on the field of human behavior. Graduates are prepared to pursue advanced career opportunities in public or private education and social and behavioral services settings as consultants, educators or administrators in institutions of higher education, and other administrative positions.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD

Your PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called residencies), comprehensive exams, and dissertation. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

Degree Outcomes

With an PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior, you'll be able to evaluate relevant theories and best practices in the human behavior field, conduct valid, reliable, and ethical research in the field of social and behavioral sciences, and integrate ethical and legal standards into professional practice within the human behavior field. Additionally, you will have the knowledge to lead the design, development, and evaluation of interdisciplinary programs and services and evaluate factors that affect individual or group perception and response to social and behavioral issues and services.

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior include full-time faculty, nonprofit executive director, program executive director or social services executive director. Potential workplaces include: advocacy organization, government agency, public interest group, nonprofit organization, consulting firm or private practice.

Detailed Program Information

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Classes Start November 6th

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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 online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set 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
$4,758 per quarter, 112 total quarter credits, 48 max transfer credits

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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. 

10% Military Discount

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

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Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

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Employer & Association Discounts

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

Sample Courses

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
SHB8002 Advanced Research in Adult Human Development and Behavior
SHB8101 Interdisciplinary Leadership in Social and Behavioral Sciences
SHB8112 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
SHB8551 Advanced Contemporary Issues in Studies in Human Behavior
SHB8775 Issues in Aging, Grief, and Bereavement

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

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Faculty

Our distinguished faculty holds 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 resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning–beyond graduation.

Ready for the Next Step?

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