Doctor of Human Services Doctor of Human Services


Doctor of Human Services

Earning a Doctor of Human Services (DHS) degree can help you gain an in-depth understanding of ways you can address evolving trends in human services, apply existing research to contemporary social issues, and help make a positive impact in your organization or community.

When you choose the Leadership and Organizational Management specialization, you’ll start on the path to mastery in an area that matters to you.

Build professional skills that fit your career goals with a DHS

The Capella DHS is a flexible, online degree program designed to help you gain advanced knowledge of human services fundamentals. Our program specialization lets you focus on an area of the field you’ve chosen for your career.

DHS program overview

This program emphasizes both fundamental knowledge in human services and the practical skills to help you put that knowledge to work. It provides the opportunity to develop a professional, specialized skill set that can help prepare you to make an impact in today’s human services environment.

Want to specialize further in DHS?

Every professional journey is different. A specialization can help you leverage your unique passions and interests to build advanced expertise for the next phase of your career in human services.*

*Capella cannot guarantee any specific job, promotion, salary increase or other career outcomes. You will need to conduct your own research to understand what opportunities may be available to you. Note that some career paths may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications or other designations along with a degree.

Which is better for a DHS – FlexPath or GuidedPath?

Your lifestyle and learning preferences will factor into choosing a path for your doctorate in human services. FlexPath gives you the freedom to set your own deadlines and complete coursework at your own pace, while GuidedPath offers a more structured approach with a fixed weekly schedule.


  • Complete your assessments at your own pace
  • Engage one-on-one with faculty to receive feedback
  • Get support from coaches when you need it
  • Pay one tuition fee per 12-week billing session; books, supplies and other fees apply

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  • Complete weekly assignments with preset deadlines
  • Participate in weekly discussion posts with your classmates and faculty
  • Connect with academic advisors to help keep you on track 
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or quarter

Learn more about GuidedPath

Find out if FlexPath is right for you

Not sure about FlexPath or GuidedPath? Our Path Finder Quiz evaluates your learning style to help determine which learning format is better suited to your personal and professional goals.

Why choose the DHS program at Capella University?

Doctoral support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey. From writing assistance to career planning and tech help, you’ll get support from coaches, mentors and tutors to help you work through your capstone courses.

Multidisciplinary approach

By collaborating with professionals in other fields, you’ll develop a holistic approach to planning and implementing strategic and effective practices within your community or organization.

Relevant applicable learning

Learn from our scholar-practitioner faculty, who are actively involved in their professions and can provide real-world insights on turning theory into practice. You’ll also engage in simulated on-the-job situations, which lets you practice what you learn in a realistic, controlled environment.