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Online PhD & Professional Doctorate Degree Programs

A Doctorate? Yes You Can. 

Whether you choose a PhD or professional doctorate, you’ll find Capella degree programs are designed to prepare you to lead, teach, or consult through research or practical experience.

Two Doctoral Degree Options: What’s Right for You?

There are two kinds of doctoral degrees: PhDs and professional doctorates. Deciding which is right for you depends, in part, on how you want to use your education and the standards in your professional field.

Teach, consult, or lead – find a doctoral degree that supports your personal and professional goals. Our flexible online programs are designed for busy professional like you, so you can live your life while you earn a degrees and make a difference in your field.

Online Doctoral Degrees


PhD in Business Management

Prepare to assume a leadership role as a business professional—learn to teach, consult, or lead as you research business systems, management, economics, and more.


Doctor of Business Administration

Understand foundational business theories and apply them to solve a real—
world problem in the workplace through in-person residencies and an applied doctoral research project.


PhD in Information Technology

Prepare for leadership, teaching, and consulting in the IT field, with specializations designed to meet specific career goals while focusing on advanced research and writing.


Doctor of Information Technology

 Work toward becoming a thought leader or professor in a doctoral program with specializations in areas such as information assurance and cybersecurity and IT education. 


PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior

Get ready to pursue positions in higher education and social and behavioral settings with a program that emphasizes research and interdisciplinary leadership theory. 


PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision

Develop your clinical, teaching, research, and leadership/advocacy skills with online coursework and field experiences in this advanced program for counselor educators.


Doctor of Psychology

Prep for state licensure eligibility with clinical training and an advanced scientific study of mental disorders, assessment, and psychotherapy for adults and children. 


Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology

Learn to lead strategies that positively impact young people while developing proficiencies in consultation, supervision, evaluation, ethics, intervention and prevention, and more.


PhD in Education

Focus on research and expertise in the specialization of your choice, including curriculum and instruction and special education.


Doctor of Education

Develop your expertise with a specialization in administration, curriculum, technology, and more in this practitioner-focused program. 


Doctor of Health Administration

 Lead at the top of your field as you improve health care systems and collaborate interprofessionally to solve real-life organizational issues.


Doctor of Public Health

Lead in public health by applying evidence to solve public health problems and improve community health outcomes.


Doctor of Nursing Practice

Learn how to apply evidence-based practice to help improve patient outcomes and strengthen your leadership qualities to influence health care systems.


Doctor of Public Administration

Use case studies, conduct valid research, and evaluate current theories to prepare to teach, consult, or lead on issues involving public policy and public administration.


PhD in Human Services

Take your leadership, research, and practical skills to a new level and position yourself to help create the positive changes you'd like to see in your community.


Doctor of Social Work

Prepare to be a leader, researcher, or advanced practitioner with a curriculum focused on critical thinking, leadership, research, and use of technology.  


Doctor of Human Services

Gain skills in leadership, strategic planning, and data analysis for improved community empowerment and client advocacy.

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89% of doctoral alumni agree that Capella provided the flexibility they needed to pursue their degree.

Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2018

Why Choose Capella?

Step out ahead in your field with a valuable online doctoral degree and earn the prestige and respect that comes with reaching the highest point of your education.

Opportunity to Advance

Based on your program, you might find a combination of theoretical coursework, comprehensive exams, and practical field work and residencies combine to take you to the next level.

Progress Quickly

Start your dissertation or final project early in your program, with faculty and advisor support.

Rigorous, Not Impossible

Our curriculum equips you to challenge your mind and advance your field, preparing you to reach your goals.

Research Assistance

Research seminars embedded into coursework help you focus on completion of your dissertation or capstone project.

Learn from Faculty Experts

Made up of scholars and scholar-practitioners, our faculty can provide valuable mentorship throughout your doctoral program.

"The lens through which I view the world has been fundamentally changed by my doctoral journey. Getting my degree has left me with a more profound enjoyment and contentment in life."

Landon Turner*
PhD in Emergency Management
*Actual Capella graduate who agreed to appear in promotional materials for Capella.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary by program, but generally speaking, the following are required for doctoral programs:

  • Master's degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution.
  • Your official master's transcripts, minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee. Fee is required to initiate an application for admission and must be paid as part of the application process. The fee covers the cost of transcript requests, transcript evaluation and other administrative costs.
  • Note: GRE and GMAT are not required for admission. Also, admission requirements for international students may differ

What's it like to be a doctoral student?

What does it take to earn a doctoral degree? Learn more about the experience, explore each step of the journey, and read stories from students who have successfully earned their doctorate.

Additional Doctoral Information

Questions to Answer Before Applying to a Doctoral Program

From setting goals to researching programs, here’s what you need to research before applying to a doctoral program.

5 Ways a Doctoral Degree May Strengthen Your Career

What can a doctoral degree mean to career success, especially outside of education and research?

The Difference Between a PhD and Professional Doctorate

Learn the main difference between these two doctoral program types and the questions you should ask to help guide your program decision.

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