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 Graduates

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

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

Capella's Organization and Management doctoral graduates report satisfaction with tasks and responsibilities and career growth potential. Just over 20% of the graduates surveyed work in higher education and about one third work in government, healthcare or professional and technical services.

Satisfaction with Capella Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

Employer recognition is high for the PhD in Organization and Management. Many graduates (31%) have obtained teaching positions in higher education.

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 2012 – Q1 2013.

PhD in Organization and Management Graduates

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

Organization and Management doctoral graduates think their education meets academic program outcomes and helps them meet career goals. They are likely to recommend Capella to others.

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 2012 – Q1 2013.


Organization and Management doctoral graduates report they have gained practical knowledge and expertise which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Business & Technology Doctoral Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" 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 2012 – Q1 2013.

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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 (DOE) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2012 and June 2013. 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 DOE 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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"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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