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Achieve with a Doctoral Degree

Capella University’s online doctoral degree programs offer advanced theoretical and practical coursework, combined with comprehensive examinations, engaging field experiences, research plan development at in-person residential colloquia, and a dissertation or doctoral capstone. Throughout your experience, we’ll support your pursuit of academic excellence.

Choose a PhD program that helps you develop new knowledge in your chosen field through theoretical research. Start making immediate progress toward your dissertation in the first course of your program. Expert faculty support will guide you at every stage of your program, helping to keep you moving forward.

Enroll in a professional doctorate to gain practical experience in developing solutions for the problems you are likely to face in your field. You’ll complete your practitioner-focused program with either a final project or a dissertation, giving you an opportunity to show how you use theory and scholarly inquiry to solve the problems you will encounter in practice.


Pursue a new career or advance in your current role and work toward achieving your goals with an online PhD or a professional doctorate in business.

Information Technology

Earn skills you can apply right away and prepare to reach the highest levels in the field with a flexible, online PhD or a professional doctorate in information technology.


Advance in your profession or move your career in a new direction and make a difference by helping others with an online PhD in counseling.


Prepare to advance your career in academia, research, or professional practice with an online PhD or a professional doctorate in psychology.


Play a vital role in the education field, and affect change in universities, institutions, schools, and businesses with an online PhD or a professional doctorate in education.

Health Sciences

Lead initiatives to improve health and transform health care and prepare yourself to advance your career with a doctoral degree.


Transform nursing practice, lead in a clinical setting, or shape modern systems of health with an online doctoral degree in nursing.

Public Service

Become a leader in your community and learn the skills needed to face complex challenges with an online PhD or other doctoral degree in public service.

Why Choose Capella

Capella University is an accredited online university dedicated to providing an exceptional, professionally-aligned education. Our degree programs are designed to meet standards established by professional associations and accrediting bodies — so you gain skills and knowledge that are immediately applicable to your career goals.

As a Capella student, you'll benefit from a competency-based curriculum that combines foundational theory with real-world application and through our online campus, as you work with experienced faculty and your classmates in highly interactive course rooms.

Capella doctoral graduates reported that their salaries



within 1 year of graduating.

Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2013

Capella: An Accredited University

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.


The Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) has accredited Capella University business programs and select specializations. The full accreditation statement and the list of accredited programs and specializations is available here. Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs.

The BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a nationally recognized accreditation agency approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education. The Commission ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

Capella University’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, MS in Mental Health Counseling, MS in School Counseling, and MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy programs are accredited by the American Counseling Association’s Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through March 31, 2020.

The Professional Education Unit (PEU) at Capella University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), This accreditation covers advanced educator preparation programs at Capella University. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

See the list of programs and specializations in the Professional Education Unit.

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.