PhD – Instructional Design for Online Learning
Capella University

Program Details

The sphere of education has always embraced learning outside of the classroom. However, today, there is no need at all for a classroom. Become a leader at the highest level and forefront of education with an online PhD from Capella. In this specialization of Instructional Design for Online Learning, you can lead educators and school systems in meeting today’s expectations in web-based education. The program blends a dissertation, specialty coursework, and residencies to prepare you for leadership in the field. You’ll benefit from a dissertation process that is woven into the program structure and supported by dedicated faculty and a plethora of online resources. Coursework in this online PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning usually involves:

  • Leadership for Instructional Design
  • Advanced Instructional Design
  • Research in Instructional Design and Development
  • Processes of Instructional Design

% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Capella University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

  • Higher Learning Commission:, 800.621.7440 
  • Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Additional Materials May Be Requested, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

Capella University's Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards through 2024.