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

Make a difference in your community and advance your career with an online PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior from Capella University. Prepare to teach, consult, or lead on issues related to mental health and wellness, risk and resiliency, addictive behaviors, and human relationships across the lifespan.

This program focuses on advanced research, interdisciplinary leadership theory, program development and evaluation, and social influences on human behavior. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to create change for individuals, organizations, and communities through leadership, assessment and evaluation, and advocacy.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

Learn the latest in academic theory and applied practice from experienced doctoral faculty members who are actively engaged in their professions.

Real-world application

Our competency-based approach allows you to immediately apply new knowledge to the work you do every day.

Flexible, engaging online learning

Access your learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device; set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

Classes start July 10

Use the code SPRING to waive the $50 application fee.

At a glance

  • Online
  • 14 core courses
  • 3 elective courses
  • 3 Virtual Residencies
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Dissertation

Reduce your tuition by $5,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with a PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to consider with a PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Child services executive director
  • Family services executive director
  • Program executive director
  • Executive director
  • Social services executive director
  • Academic advising director
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Full-time faculty
  • Consultant
  • Court services supervisor
  • Juvenile justice program executive director
  • Victim services executive director

Employment settings to explore

  • City, county, state, or federal agency such as the department of health and human services
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Advocacy organization
  • Consulting firm or practice
  • Hospice program
  • Senior housing facility
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Department of social services
  • Family preservation agency
  • Juvenile justice program
  • Family service agency

*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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