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Capella University's online PhD in Leadership for Higher Education program prepares you to lead post-secondary education organizations. Through advanced coursework, as well as your own doctoral research, you can develop the knowledge and critical-thinking skills to be a bold, innovative and ethical leader.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD

In the PhD in Leadership for Higher Education program, you will begin work on your dissertation immediately. Our curriculum begins with programs of research to help you determine your topic and incorporates credit-bearing dissertation research seminars with assistance blended into coursework. Expert faculty, research methodologists, and advisors provide the right assistance at the right time, when you need it. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you seamlessly through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in Leadership for Higher Education from Capella, you'll be prepared to communicate effectively, integrate technology, lead and manage change in higher education organizations, and develop and manage resources of higher education organizations. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at

People with Doctoral degrees in Education from Capella earn an average of $21,000 more per year than people who only hold a Master's degree.

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Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online PhD in Leadership for Higher Education include president, provost, faculty development director or faculty member. Potential workplaces include: community or technical college, research and policy organization, land-based or online university, for-profit institution or volunteer program.