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PhD/Doctoral Degrees

Advance Your Career with a Doctoral Degree from Capella

Capella's online doctoral degree programs, including PhD, DBA, DNP, DSW and more, offer advanced theoretical and practical course work in a diverse range of areas. Program features include original research, comprehensive examinations, field experiences, residential colloquia, and a dissertation. Doctoral candidates enjoy a special level of advisor and faculty support and guidance to prepare you for teaching, leadership, research, or consulting positions in a variety of fields. Our challenging programs are designed with 4 major components to help you build your skills as an independent researcher:

  • online coursework
  • face-to-face academic workshops
  • comprehensive exam
  • dissertation

Business & Technology

Pursue a new career or advance in your current role with an online PhD or other doctoral degree in business or technology from Capella. Study theory-based curriculum to develop and achieve your goals or learn skills you can apply right away, and prepare yourself for consulting, corporate leadership, or teaching opportunities. Capella also provides military discounts and support for service members.

Counseling & Psychology

Make a difference by helping others, advance in your profession or move your career in a new direction. Whether you choose to focus on research, teaching, or professional practice, an online PhD or other doctoral degree in counseling, psychology or social work from Capella provides the skills and knowledge to help you develop and achieve your goals.

Counseling and Psychology Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Programs:

Doctor of Social Work DSW Program:


Play a vital role in the education field, and effect change in universities, institutions, schools and businesses. An online PhD, EdD, or EdS doctoral degree in education from Capella, includes K-12 through higher education specializations, and can help accelerate your career and your contributions to schools, students and communities.

Health Care & Nursing

Make a lasting impact on people's lives and become an expert in your field with an online doctoral degree in health care or nursing from Capella. As demand for health care professionals continues to grow, you can prepare yourself for more high-level administration or teaching opportunities by gaining the leadership and research skills needed to achieve your goals.

Health Care and Nursing Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programs:

Health Care and Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program:

Health Care and Nursing Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Programs:

Health Care and Nursing Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) Programs:

Public Service

Become a leader in your community and learn the skills needed to face complex public service challenges with an online doctoral degree in public service from Capella. Our multidisciplinary approach focuses on cross-functional roles and collaboration across disciplines, including public safety, public administration, social and community services, and health care programs. Capella also provides military discounts and support for service members.

Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) Program:

Health Care and Nursing Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Programs:

Health Care and Nursing Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) Programs:

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 increased 33% within 1 year of graduating.

Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2013

Capella: An Accredited University

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Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

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Capella's BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs are accredited* by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 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.

*The BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791

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The PhD specialization in Special Education Leadership is recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

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The MS specialization in Early Childhood Education is recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The MS specialization in Leadership in Educational Administration, the EdS and PhD specializations in Leadership in Educational Administration are recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

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NCATE-accredited programs are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for the preparation of P-12 teachers and other professional school personnel. Alumni of these programs are highly regarded by many school districts, licensing authorizes, and teaching professionals.

In addition to being nationally accredited, key programs in Capella's Professional Education Unit (PEU) have received national recognition by a Specialized Professional Association, indicating they have met the high standards of that association.