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

  • The curriculum is based on industry standards of academic and professional associations.
  • All faculty have doctoral degrees and are experienced business scholars and practitioners

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.

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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