Doctor of Philosophy in Organization and Management

Prepare to lead in a fast-paced, global business environment.

This program is designed for senior managers. Deepen your understanding of best practices, investigate new leadership techniques, and translate theory into practice. The advanced course work helps prepare you to use research and theory to make informed organizational decisions. Finally, you'll have the opportunity to develop the doctoral skills needed for original research, critical thinking, and professional communications.

This graduate degree program has been retired. Prospective learners might be interested in the PhD in Business Management or the Doctor of Business Administration.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

Each doctoral program and specialization is designed around expected learning outcomes (see Expected Program Outcomes below). End of program performance is determined during the comprehensive exam and dissertation process. Because the work is unique to each learner's dissertation or research topic and the criteria for evaluation are aligned to that work, we do not collect data on proficiency levels for doctoral programs.

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • The curriculum in Capella’s PhD-OM Project Management specialization offers outcomes validated by subject matter experts in project management, using topics in leading project management journals, research conferences, and PMI® research projects.
  • As a Registered Education Provider of PMI®, Capella offers more than 25 courses approved by PMI for its Professional Development Units (PDUs).

Expected Program Outcomes for All Specializations

  1. Apply organization and management theory and research to both practical and theoretical issues in general and/or within an appropriate specialization
  2. Evaluate an existing body of knowledge in regards to both content and methodological components to advance knowledge of organization and management.
  3. Synthesize existing knowledge in organization and management and create applications for improving professional practice.
  4. Design and conduct high quality scientific research in the field of organization and management.
  5. Apply information technologies in the design, delivery, and management of organizations.
  6. Embrace a scholar-practitioner perspective and approach in working with diverse people and across multiple specializations and disciplines in providing leadership for improving the field of organization and management.
  7. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills in a field of practice and/or scholarship.

PhD in Organization and Management Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the PhD in Organization and Management degree program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Satisfaction with Capella Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

PhD in Organization and Management Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the PhD in Organization and Management degree program have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella Business & Technology Doctoral Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.


Improvement in Skills & Abilities Business & Technology Doctoral Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2013 and June 2014. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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Alumni Success Story Quote

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"Capella has taught me how to use my analytical abilities and actually search for my own voice, to gather data or information from various sources and then come up with my own best conclusions."

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