Total program credits needed for graduation: 120
One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week
break between each quarter.
15 Required Courses, 40 quarter credits
|PSL8002||Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners||4 quarter credits|
|PSL7860*||Survey of Research Methods||4 quarter credits|
|PSL7864*||Quantitative Design and Analysis||4 quarter credits|
|PSL7868*||Qualitative Design and Analysis||4 quarter credits|
|HS8124*||Advanced Study in Research Methods in Public Service||4 quarter credits|
|HS8213||Program Development and Management||4 quarter credits|
|HS8216||Strategic Planning and Organizational Effectiveness||4 quarter credits|
|HS8413||Social Influences of Behavior||4 quarter credits|
|HS8515||Ethics and Decision Making in Human Services||4 quarter credits|
|HS8604*||Advanced Communication Skills for the Human Services Leader||4 quarter credits|
|DRS-R8930||PhD Research Seminar Track 1||(non-credit)|
|DRS-R8931*||PhD Research Seminar Track 2||(non-credit)|
|DRS-R8932*||PhD Research Seminar Track 3||(non-credit)|
56 course quarter credits
Choose any graduate course(s).
24 course quarter credits
|HS9919*||Doctoral Comprehensive Examination||4 quarter credits|
Learners must register for HS9960 a minimum of four times to
fulfill their Specialization requirements.
|HS9960*||Dissertation Courseroom||5 quarter credits|
*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.
To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day residencies (DRS-R8930, DRS-R8931, DRS-R8932).
Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities
you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are
due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each
In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.
Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.
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Whether you're completing additional credits for your own education, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure that the credits you earn now may be applicable to a Capella degree program.