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

School of Counseling and Human Services

Expand Your Influence in Your Community

Make a difference in your community while taking your career to the highest level. Capella’s online PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior is designed to help you teach, consult, or lead in institutional, public, or private settings. Our program focuses on advanced research, interdisciplinary leadership theory, program development and evaluation, and social influences on the field of human behavior. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to create change as a consultant, educator, or administrator.

At a Glance

  • Online and In Person
  • 11 Core Courses
  • 8 Specialization Courses
  • 4 Elective Courses
  • 3 Dissertation Research Seminars
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation

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Classes Start October 7th

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$50 application fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What you’ll learn

Study Current Practices

Evaluate relevant theories and best practices in the human behavior field.

Conduct Viable Research

Conduct valid, reliable, and ethical research in the field of social and behavioral sciences.

Lead Ethically

Integrate ethical and legal standards into professional practice within the human behavior field.

Create New Solutions

Lead the design, development, and evaluation of interdisciplinary programs and services to address key issues.

Account for Outside Factors

Evaluate factors that affect perceptions and responses to social and behavioral issues and services.

Embrace Diversity

Integrate multicultural awareness and respect for diversity in professional service in the human behavior field.

Our unique doctoral structure

Our PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior 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 Advanced Studies in Human Behavior Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty 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.

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
$4,900 per quarter, 104 total quarter credits, 28 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

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

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.

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

Advanced Studies in Human Behavior Sample Courses

The online PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior curriculum focuses on advanced research and interdisciplinary leadership theory. You’ll develop programs and dive into issues specific to children, families, eating disturbances, and addictive behaviors. The program includes dissertation research seminars which allow you to get an early start on your dissertation.

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Advanced Research in Adult Human Development and Behavior

Learners in this course critically analyze theory and research in adult development and behavior with an emphasis on contemporary research and application issues. In addition, learners study adult development from biological, psychological, social, and multicultural perspectives and apply principles of adult development to professional practice. Must be taken by PhD learners during their first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Interdisciplinary Leadership in Social and Behavioral Sciences

In this course, learners evaluate historical, current, and emerging theories of interdisciplinary leadership that apply in social and behavioral sciences contexts. Learners assess the role and influence of leaders in complex and dynamic interdisciplinary environments and organizations that address human behavior issues. Learners also focus on developing doctoral-level skills in evaluating and synthesizing leadership research. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

4 quarter credits
HMSV8120 *
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Human Services

In this course, learners investigate qualitative research methods, designs, and ethical issues associated with the qualitative research process. Learners develop skills used to conduct qualitative research, such as applying theoretical foundations, developing qualitative collection methods, analyzing data, and evaluating results for future research and professional practice. Prerequisite(s): PSL7860 or SHB8100. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Advanced Contemporary Issues in Studies in Human Behavior

In this course, learners analyze a range of contemporary social and behavioral issues and conduct participatory action research on an issue of their choice, using various leadership and advocacy approaches to address the chosen issue. Learners also employ professional development strategies to build interdisciplinary knowledge in the fields of education and social and behavioral sciences at the leadership level.

4 quarter credits
The Family in Social Context

Learners in this course examine families from a systems perspective and explore the dynamics and systems influencing family structures. Learners also identify the leadership skills needed to work with diverse family groups and the challenges faced by human services professionals. Learners may only earn credit for HS8478 or SHB8478.

4 quarter credits

Human Behavior Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our advanced studies in human behavior doctoral degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Full-time, adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Executive director
  • Learning center director
  • Care center director
  • Nonprofit executive director
  • Group home executive director
  • Social Services executive director
  • Consultant
  • Child services executive director
  • Child care executive director
  • Family services executive director
  • Program executive director

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Advocacy organization
  • City, county, state, or federal agency such as the department of health and human services
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Health maintenance organization
  • Adoption agency
  • County health department
  • Department of social service
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community-based living facility
  • Community center
  • Family service agency
  • Consulting firm or practice

*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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