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Multidisciplinary Human Services Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services

School of Public Service Leadership

Overview

Lead the change you want to see in your community. This online PhD program in multidisciplinary human services takes your understanding of human service leadership, professional practice, research and ethics to a new level. Through your advanced studies and original doctoral research, you'll position yourself to guide policies, practices, and legislation that can significantly impact your community and the field of human services. You'll work with a rich network of experienced human services faculty and professional peers and also gain insights from professionals in other fields, such as public administration, public safety, and health care, who often collaborate with you to create community value.

This specialization is part of Capella University's broad portfolio of public service leadership offerings. Capella features a multidisciplinary approach to public service education that brings together faculty and learners from public administration, public safety, and health care, professions that often must work together to address complex public sector challenges. Students benefit because they gain an in-depth understanding of their specialized professions in the context of the larger public service environment.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD

Your PhD in Multidisciplinary Human Services 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 your PhD in Multidisciplinary Human Services from Capella, you'll integrate knowledge of laws and policies, professional and ethical behaviors, and effective cultural, global, and diversity concepts within public service practice in order to achieve programmatic and organizational goals. You'll also learn to lead through the application of advanced communication, collaboration, advocacy and leadership techniques.

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online PhD in Multidisciplinary Human Services include adjunct or part-time faculty, case manager, community programs director, development director, director of human service, director of community service, executive director, full-time faculty, senior center director or social service supervisor. Potential workplaces and fields include: child welfare/children's services, criminal justice/corrections, educational institutions, government, health care, mental health or the private sector.

Detailed Program Information

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Classes Start August 7th

PhD in Human Services Online Degree Program - Capella University

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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
$3,810 - $5,267 per quarter, 120 total quarter credits, 48 max transfer credits

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. 

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 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.

PhD in Human Services Online Degree Program - Capella University

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