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Social and Community Services Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services

School of Public Service Leadership

Overview

Capella University's online PhD in Social and Community Services program deepens your knowledge of social issues and public service leadership. This program offers in-depth study of major community and social issues and social science research, along with elective courses that allow you to focus on areas that reflect your professional interests and career goals.

As part of Capella's broad portfolio of public service leadership offerings, this program features a multidisciplinary approach to public service education that provides you with an in-depth understanding of your specialized professions in the context of the larger public service environment.

This program is not designed to meet licensure requirements for the social work professions.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD

Your PhD in Social and Community Services program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called residencies), comprehensive exams, and dissertation. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in Social and Community Services from Capella, you'll critically evaluate theories and practices, as well as social phenomena, in the social and community services profession. You'll also learn to conduct valid, reliable, and ethical research in the social and community services discipline.

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online PhD in Social and Community Services include executive director, advisor, case manager/worker, director, program manager, faculty, or supervisor. Potential workplaces and fields include: aging/gerontology, child welfare/children's services, community organization, employment/occupational social services, faculty at a college or university, international social services, management/administration, mental health/clinical social services or policy and planning.

Detailed Program Information

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Classes Start November 6th

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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. 

Our online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set 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
$3,810 - $5,267 per quarter, 120 total quarter credits, 48 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. 

10% Military Discount

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

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Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

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Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Sample Courses

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSL8002 Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners
PSL8124 Advanced Study in Research Methods in Public Service
HS8476 Methods of Family Research
HS8478 The Family in Social Context
HS8764 Contemporary Issues in Compulsive and Addictive Behavior Treatment

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty holds top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now. 

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning–beyond graduation.

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.