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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
  • General Business Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Leadership
  • 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.

Career Preparation
All Business Doctoral Graduates

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Career Preparation
All Business Doctoral Graduates

The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career: 74%

My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions: 68%

Capella's competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession: 69%

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 Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Career & Professional Accomplishments
All Business Doctoral Graduates

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Career and Professional Accomplishments
All Business Doctoral Graduates

Made a significant contribution to my profession: 45%

Successfully changed jobs and-or-careers: 46%

Assumed leadership responsibilities: 46%

Received a salary increase: 42%

Received a promotion: 46%

Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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 Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

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
Doctor Of Education Graduates

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Satisfaction with Capella
All Business Doctoral Graduates

I have or intend to recommend Capella: 64%

I am satisfied with my Capella education: 86%

Capella gave me the most efficient direct path to completing my degree: 75%

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Skills & Abilities
All Business Doctoral Graduates

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Skills & Abilities
All Business Doctoral Graduates

Write clearly, accurately, and professionally; use sources appropriately: 100%

Communicate thoughts and ideas in varied settings : 100%

Show ethical conduct reflecting values and beliefs of discipline : 100%

Show knowledge of field; respect contributions of other fields : 100%

Analyze theoretical issues or investigate real-world phenomena, create knowledge : 100%

Locate, evaluate and communicate information; address legal, professional, other issues : 100%

Critically examine, analyze, and evaluate thinking using intellectual standards and creativity: 100%

Critically evaluate, select, and use discipline-appropriate technology : 100%

Show appreciation for group and individual differences : 100%

Demonstrate effective leadership in diverse environments : 100%

Apply the specialized knowledge associated with professional practice area : 100%

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 Q3 2017 – Q2 2018.

Earn Your Doctoral Degree

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Become an expert in your field. Enroll in an online PhD, PsyD, or EdD program at Capella.

"When I look back, I see that I received all this rich training in leadership so that I would have something of value to give to others."

Modupe Taylor-Pearce,MS

Currently pursuing PhD

School of Business and Technology

Specialization in Leadership