Program Overview

Capella University's online PhD in Human Behavior program gives you the knowledge and skills to advance your career and make a difference in your community. This program is designed for students pursuing advanced educational, consultative, or leadership roles in institutional, public, or private settings.

The curriculum emphasizes advanced research and interdisciplinary leadership theory, program development and evaluation, and social influences on the field of human behavior. Graduates are prepared to pursue advanced career opportunities in public or private education and social and behavioral services settings as consultants, educators or administrators in institutions of higher education, and other administrative positions.

Your PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called residencies), comprehensive exams, and dissertation. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

With an PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior, you'll be able to evaluate relevant theories and best practices in the human behavior field, conduct valid, reliable, and ethical research in the field of social and behavioral sciences, and integrate ethical and legal standards into professional practice within the human behavior field. Additionally, you will have the knowledge to lead the design, development, and evaluation of interdisciplinary programs and services and evaluate factors that affect individual or group perception and response to social and behavioral issues and services.

Common jobs with an online PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior include faculty member, program director, consultant or grant manager. Potential workplaces include: advocacy organization, government agency, public interest group, nonprofit organization, consulting firm or private practice.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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    Requirements

    Your program of enrollment determines the admission requirements. 

    Basic requirements for all programs:

    • Admission application and non-refundable $50 application fee
    • Acknowledgement agreement
    • All applicants must understand, read, speak, and write fluently in English
    • Official transcript(s) from previous institutions for degree and post-degree coursework, if applicable
    • Minimum GPA as defined by your program

    Minimum level of education required:

    • Master's degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution. Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
    • Three in-person, 4-day residency experiences are required.

    School Overview

    An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers both foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so that what you’re learning in your courses is immediately applicable to your career goals.

    Respected programs that move you forward
    Organizations around the world have acknowledged Capella’s commitment to quality education with accreditations, state approvals, certifications, awards, recognitions, and designations. Right now, more than 37,000 students are expanding their opportunities with Capella programs. 

    Online education. Two ways.
    Our FlexPath format lets you set your own deadlines and move at your own pace. Our GuidedPath format offers extra structure for those who need it.

    Explore options in key professions

    • Analytics
    • Business
    • Counseling
    • Criminal Justice
    • Education (K–12 & Higher Education)
    • Emergency Management
    • Health Care Administration
    • Human Services
    • Information Assurance and Security
    • Information Technology
    • Nursing
    • Psychology
    • Public Administration
    • Public Health
    • Social Work

    Multiple ways to help you save

    • Employer and association discounts
    • Military discounts
    • Transfer credit
    • Scholarships
    • Streamlined programs
    • Guides (online resource)
    • Credit for real-world learning

    Online flexibility and personalized support 
    At Capella, online learning means you can take your courseroom anywhere, learning when and where it fits your life. And if you need backup, support services are available every step of the way.

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    Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credentials, or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is the learner’s responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states and professional associations. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on the School’s website. Enrollment restrictions and/or other restrictions may apply to certain programs. Contact Capella University for more information.

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