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Human Resource Management PhD in Business Management

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management

The future of HR needs you

Become an expert in global workforce issues. Capella’s online PhD in Business Management, Human Resource Management degree can give you the skills and knowledge to teach, consult, or lead. This program builds on a curriculum of leadership, research, strategy, and ethics—you’ll focus on diverse demographic and cultural perspectives, new technologies in the workplace, and the impact of the dynamic work environment on human resource management practices. Our rigorous coursework will help you fuse theory and practice to address workforce issues or form a basis for your own research. 

At a Glance

  • Online & in-person
  • 11 Core courses
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • 1 Elective course
  • 3 Residencies
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation

Classes Start July 13th

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

Hire a winning team

Learn best practices to attract, develop, and retain a global workforce.

Keep up with trends

Study emerging trends and technological influences in global Human Resource Management (HRM). 

Evaluate HR practices

Evaluate ethical theories and frameworks that guide human resources practices in the 21st century.

Utilize your research

Integrate research and practices into the development of adaptive and innovative global workplace environments.

Embrace diversity

Incorporate diverse demographic and cultural perspectives to advance knowledge in global human resource management.

Think critically

Master academic research, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Our unique doctoral structure

Our PhD in Business Management, Human Resource 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 Business Management, Human Resource 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*.

A flexible courseload

Capella’s online learning model offers you the ability to take one to three courses per quarter, giving you more schedule control.

*Cost of each residency is included in the $5,000 quarterly tuition maximum; travel, lodging, meals, and other expenses are not included. Books, supplies, and other fees may apply. Tuition subject to change.

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. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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
$965 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. 

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.

$5K toward your doctorate

Apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree.

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

The online PhD in Business Management, Human Resource Management curriculum helps you gain an international, multi-disciplinary perspective. You’ll study best practices that foster innovative workplaces and attract and retain top talent. The program includes dissertation research seminars which allow you to get an early start on your dissertation.

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Foundations of Human Resource Theory and Practice

This course addresses ways in which social and economic changes have transformed human resource management’s role in organizations. Learners examine issues that currently impact human resources managers in today’s rapidly evolving environment. In addition, learners investigate the theories on which human resource practices have been built to determine their relevance in the 21st-century, informationage workplace. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Creating Adaptive, Innovative Workplaces

In this course, learners explore human resource management strategies, tools, and issues related to the changing world of work. Learners analyze the ways in which HR professionals support the creation of innovative, engaging and productive work to meet the needs of the contemporary and future workplaces. Learners also examine the human resource components of employee engagement to include organizational design, leadership, career development, communication, flexibility, and virtual work environments. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Attracting and Retaining Talent

Learners in this course evaluate emerging human resource management theories and practices for effectively attracting employees. Learners analyze workforce selection practices for reliability and align performance management strategies to support the organizational mission.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Human Resource Practices for Developing Talent

In this course, learners explore human resources management’s role in developing talent and evaluate human resource management theories and ethical frameworks associated with individual adult learning, human resource development, succession planning, mentoring, coaching, and performance management. This course emphasizes the theoretical basis of development, compensation, rewards, and motivation in order to better serve organizations and to contribute to the knowledge base in the human resource management field. The course also stresses the importance of evaluating and critiquing current workforce development trends in support of innovative workplace environments.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

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Human Resource Management professional paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online human resource management doctoral degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time human resource management faculty
  • Full-time human resource management faculty
  • Dean or associate dean of business program
  • Human resource director
  • Director/vice president, human resources
  • Director/vice president talent acquisition
  • Director/vice president labor relations
  • Director/vice president EEO and/or diversity
  • Director/vice president compensation and benefits
  • Director/vice president human resource development
  • Chief human resource officer (CHRO)
  • Senior human resource manager

Employment settings to explore

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Consulting firm
  • Corporation
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Manufacturing
  • Health care organization
  • Retail
  • Insurance firm
  • Small business
  • Government—local, state, federal

*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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