Doctor of Philosophy in Business

Gain a deep understanding of theory, research, and practice, and strengthen the critical thinking skills needed to address business challenges.

The curriculum for this program is designed to teach integration of relevant theory with effective practice. Participate in a learning community that supports sharing of experience and knowledge across industries, professions, and geographies, and develop the framework to create meaningful solutions to complex problems.

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 is based on industry standards of academic and professional associations.

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Evaluate theoretical constructs to advance knowledge in business.
  2. Evaluate approaches and techniques in business and consider strategic implications.
  3. Think critically about business problems and the development of strategies for solutions.
  4. Integrate ethical concepts and models into the theory and practice of business.
  5. Develop the skills to be an effective business educator.
  6. Conduct scholarly research.

School of Business and Technology Doctoral Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Business and Technology doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella's School of Business and Technology doctoral graduates report satisfaction with tasks and responsibilities and career growth potential. Half of the graduates surveyed work in higher education.

Satisfaction with Capella Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

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

Over half the Business and Technology doctoral graduates have presented at a conference or published a book, article or monograph. Half have advanced in their career or profession and just over one third 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.

School of Business & Technology Doctoral Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Business and Technology doctoral programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Business and Technology 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.


Business and Technology 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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