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General Business Management Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management

School of Business and Technology

Become a Business Influencer

Choose how you’d like to make an impact in business: teach, consult, or lead. Capella's online PhD in general business management program focuses on business theory, research, and practice. In your PhD program, you’ll master business concepts through specialized courses, research, and intensive in-person learning experiences designed to sharpen your abilities and confidence as both a scholar and a business professional. 

At a Glance

  • 11 Core Courses
  • 5 Elective Courses
  • 3 Residencies
  • 1 Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation

Classes Start May 6th

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.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo SPRING)

What you’ll learn

Expand Your Business Knowledge

Exhibit proficiency in academic research, writing, and critical-thinking.

Master Research Concepts

Conduct ethical scholarly research through innovative and traditional methods. 

Blend Theory & Practice

Examine emerging trends and technological advances that influence business theory and practice. 

Combine Knowledge & Ethics

Advance the theory and practice of global business management with ethical interdisciplinary business knowledge. 

Apply Leadership Theories

Apply leadership theories and techniques, including advanced communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.

Lead Business Progress

Evaluate the effectiveness of business principles and systems theories to effect change in global environments.

Our unique Doctoral Structure

Our PhD in General Business Management 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 General Business Management 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*.

Distinguished Faculty

Our faculty is made up of scholar-practitioners who are active within their professions and bring real-world experience to the courseroom.

*Cost of each residency is included in the $5,000 quarterly tuition maximum; books, resource kit, travel, lodging, meals, and other expenses are not included. 

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
$953 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. 

Reduce your tuition by $5K

Enroll in your doctorate degree, apply for the scholarship, meet eligibility requirements, and receive up to $5K.

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

PhD in Business Sample Courses

Your PhD in General Business Management curriculum will include the research and observation of business systems, leadership, financial management, accounting, economics, strategy, and social responsibility. The program includes dissertation research seminars which allow you to get an early start on your dissertation.

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BMGT8006
Business Principles and Practices

Learners in this course apply theories of organization to critically analyze the organization as an arrangement of systems to develop a holistic understanding of its interrelated, interdependent functions. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8016
Strategic Management and Practice

Learners in this course examine theories associated with effective strategy development, integration, and implementation across all functional areas of business operations. Learners study the skills required of strategic thinkers and leaders in today’s complex global business environment and practice applying them to solve contemporary business issues.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8018
The 21st-Century Organization

In this course, learners explore the breadth and depth of thinking required to make decisions within, adapt to, and lead the 21st-century organization. Learners conduct research on ways to apply various organization and systems theories and the theories of their chosen specialization to identify potential solutions to organizational issues. Cannot be filfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

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PhD in Business Management Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our PhD in general business management degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Dean or associate dean of a business program
  • Full-time faculty
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Chief executive officer
  • President
  • Vice president
  • Business consultant
  • Director

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Community college
  • Consulting firm
  • Consulting firm
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Nongovernmental organization
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Public and private education
  • Various settings based on consulting clients

*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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