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Overview

Capella University's online PhD in Project Management program prepares you to lead strategically in a business setting.

Project managers play an increasingly strategic role within their companies and are being recognized as "leadership track" employees. This program offers the opportunity to develop the project-management and business expertise of an effective leader. You will also develop solid research skills, culminating in a dissertation that advances the body of knowledge in this field.

You'll also have the opportunity to participate in Capella's international experience. This optional trip is designed to provide multinational networking, increased cultural literacy and global operations learning experience.

Affordable

By maximizing your courseload each quarter, you can save time and money. Students pay a $5,000 flat-rate tuition maximum when taking six or more credits, or $925 per credit when taking up to five credits.

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Flexible

Enjoy greater control and the ability to take one to three courses per quarter, with Capella’s online learning model. 

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Accredited

This specialization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP). 

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The Building Blocks of Your PhD

In your PhD in Project Management 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.

View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, dissertation research seminars, comprehensive exams, and dissertation all fit together.

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.

Capella and The Wall Street Journal: A collaboration that works for you

Capella University has teamed with The Wall Street Journal to offer business students full digital access to the most timely, relevant business news, enhancing your academic experience and giving you a competitive edge in your career.

The annual Capella Business Leader Award, sponsored by The Wall Street Journal, helps inspire our students to reach their potential. Each year, three eligible business students are recognized as business leaders and given the opportunity to visit Wall Street, the epicenter of U.S. business. The 2017 Capella Business Leader Award marks the third annual opportunity. Applications will open May 1, 2017, with a submission deadline of June 12, 2017.

Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in Project Management from Capella, you'll evaluate functional and cross functional management approaches appropriate for project, programs and portfolios ranging from operational to strategic, small to complex, and local to global. You'll also learn to synthesize multi-disciplinary theories that inform and shape theory and practice of Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing the project. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at CapellaResults.com.

People with Doctoral degrees in Business from Capella earn an average of $42,000 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 Project Management include director of project management, director of program office, program manager, program director, senior project manager or vice president of project management. Potential workplaces include community college, consulting firm, corporation, government or nonprofit organization.