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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

We believe in being transparent about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree. Learn more about Capella’s learning outcomes.

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87% of doctoral alumni agree that Capella provided the flexibility they needed to pursue their degrees.

Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2019-2020

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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