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Capella taught me how to think critically within the scholar-practitioner model that provided a framework for my career.Jamie Marich, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, PhD in Human Services
Capella’s program was the right fit for me—the flexibility, the accessibility—being able to get the kind of support I needed when I needed it.Renee Murrell,Graduate, PhD in Human Services
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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.
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.
Thanks to a wide variety of available electives, you can personalize your program to fit your goals and improve the likelihood of credit transfer.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.