Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management

Prepare to teach, conduct original research, or become a subject matter expert.

In this program, you can learn to create practical solutions to business problems, evaluate technology trends, and develop a systems-thinking approach to problem-solving. You'll also learn about ethical consideration in decision-making and leadership, as well as developing a strong global perspective.

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.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Management specializations

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • General Business Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Leadership
  • Management Education
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Strategy and Innovation

Quality and Professional Relevance

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Exhibit proficiency in academic research, writing, and critical thinking skills.
  2. Conduct ethical scholarly research through innovative or traditional methods in the field of business management.
  3. Synthesize emerging trends and technological influences to advance the theory and practice of business management.
  4. Synthesize interdisciplinary business knowledge and ethical concepts and models to advance the theory and practice of global business management.
  5. Apply leadership theories and techniques in the field of business management using advanced communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills..
  6. Evaluate the efficacy of business principles and systems theories to effect change in global and diverse environments.

Doctoral Business Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Business doctoral programs 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."
SSource: 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.

Doctoral Business Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Business doctoral programs 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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See Gainful Employment data for this program's specializations

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