Project Management PhD in Business Management

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management

Take the lead in project management

As a project manager, there’s a chance you’re finding yourself increasingly looked at as more of a strategy player within your company. Capella's online PhD in Business Management, Project Management degree prepares you to lead strategically in your organization. In this program, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your project management and business expertise to grow as an effective leader. You will also develop solid research skills, culminating in a dissertation that advances project management as a whole. 

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.

We’ve decided to waive all application fees until further notice.

What you’ll learn

Get the full operational picture

Evaluate management approaches appropriate for project, programs, and portfolios from an operational and strategic mindset. 

Grow the project management field

Develop project management research and practice that lead to new and improved progress and knowledge for the field. 

Become an even better PM

Create multidisciplinary theories that better inform practice of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing the project.

Understand ethical strategies

Apply ethical leadership strategies to integrate best practices and tools in the field of project management. 

Build on your academic skills

Exhibit your communication, research, writing, and critical thinking skills applicable to professional and academic endeavors. 

Our unique doctoral structure

Our PhD in Business Management, Project 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, Project 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 Project Management sample courses

Our online PhD in Business Management, Project Management curriculum refines your leadership expertise in business and project management. You’ll develop solid research skills by completing a dissertation to advance project management. The program includes dissertation research seminars which allow you to get an early start on your dissertation.

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Advanced Concepts of Project Management Methodologies

In this course, learners research literature to identify best practices and evaluate appropriate methodologies leading to successful outcomes for projects and programs ranging from simple to complex. The course emphasizes appropriate methods, tools, and techniques for the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Initiating and Planning processes based on organizational environments, cultural diversity, and global influences. Learners also evaluate expected project outcomes to assure alignment with strategic goals and objectives.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Projects as Complex Adaptive Systems

Learners in this course examine both seminal and current literature, such as complexity theory, to evaluate the successes and failures of projects and programs in complex and ambiguous environments. This course emphasizes Executing, Monitoring, and Controlling projects and programs based on multidisciplinary theories and applications as defined by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Learners develop their professional, consultative, and leadership skills for successful project and program outcomes.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Advanced Risk Management Systems and Research

In this course, learners evaluate and synthesize the use of multidisciplinary theories based on the research and practice of project and program risk management. Learners explore emerging trends, concepts, and methods of project and program risk management systems and research. Topics include evaluating integrated approaches to identifying, analyzing, mitigating, and managing project risks, and identifying strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in project risk management research. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Dynamics of Program and Portfolio Management

Learners in this course examine emerging trends, concepts, and methods for evaluating and applying program integration and portfolio management techniques and methods used to optimize their overall value. Topics include ethical approaches to program and portfolio management in alignment with business strategic goals and objectives within a global context. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

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PhD in Project Management professional paths

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

Related job titles to explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time project business faculty
  • Full-time business faculty
  • Dean or associate dean of business program
  • Business researcher
  • Consultant
  • Program manager
  • Program director
  • Vice president of project management
  • Senior project manager
  • Director of project management
  • Director of program office

Employment settings to explore

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

*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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