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Become a More Effective Leader in Human Services

Help create the positive changes you’d like to see in your community. Through advanced studies and original research you can apply theory and practical skills to real-world challenges.

Capella’s online human services doctoral programs will expand your ability to improve the overall quality of life for service populations. Using a multidisciplinary approach, your program integrates the learning experience of students from health care, public safety, and public administration.

Which Degree Is Right for You?

Deciding you want to help people is only the beginning. Explore your goals to choose the right doctoral program for your career path. Whether you want to better understand human service leadership, elevate your professional practice, or bring your research to a new level, a PhD in Human Services can help you reach your goals.

If you’d like to dive into curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking, action research, and the integration of theoretical knowledge with practical experience, the Doctor of Social Work program may be a better fit. Consider a Doctor of Public Administration program to impact multidisciplinary public policy and administration issues and strengthen your collaboration and leadership skills.

Choose a Specialization for Career Success

Thanks to a wide variety of available electives, you can personalize your program to fit your goals and improve the likelihood of credit transfer.


Keep building your understanding of leadership, professional practice, research, and ethics


Develop innovative solutions to emerging challenges in society


Explore major community and social issues and social science research

I graduated from Capella with a PhD in Human Services. While my life has not been perfect, I am blessed and able to say that it is filled with purpose. Every challenge that I have faced has led me closer to where I am supposed to be in this journey called life.

Jacque Eaves,PhD in Human Services

Reach Your Goals with Comprehensive Support

Your PhD in Human Services program includes online coursework and comprehensive exams as well as three in-person residency experiences and a dissertation. Writing a dissertation is an exciting challenge, and you’ll have the benefit of residency to work through each milestone of your dissertation.

You’ll find expert support at every step to keep you moving forward, including:

  • Your mentor has subject matter and theoretical knowledge, as well as practical experience to offer ongoing support through frequent, regular contact
  • Dissertation advisor who specializes in problem solving at the dissertation stage, including questions about integrity, time management, and professional conduct
  • Additional specialized personnel including Disability Services, Career Center, or Financial Counseling are ready to provide support as needed

Tau Upsilon Alpha Honor Society



Tau Upsilon Alpha is a national honor society for students, alumni, and faculty in the field of human services. Its mission is to honor academic excellence; foster lifelong learning, leadership, and development; and promote excellence in serving humanity. Capella University’s Tau Upsilon Alpha chapter is an extension of the National Organization of Human Services (NOHS).

Capella also has a Human Services Club whose primary objective is to help others gain a greater understanding of the field while enriching the academic, social and learning experiences of our students.

Gainful Employment & Learning and Career Outcomes

Investing in a college degree is no small thing. At Capella, we’re proud to share our learning and career outcomes—along with gainful employment results—so that you can make the most informed decisions about the programs that interest you.

A Direct and Affordable Path

At Capella, you’ll reach your goals faster and more affordably thanks to time- and money-saving opportunities like military discounts of 10%, a tiered tuition schedule, and the ability to transfer credits into your program.

Virtual Lab Environments, Real-World Results

Strengthen your collaboration skills as you take on real-world challenges in our one-of-a-kind simulation tool. You’ll enhance relevant skills, such as conflict negotiation and collaboration, to prepare you for success in a human services career.