PhD – Leadership for Higher Education
Capella University

Program Details

You’ll become an innovative leader and informed decision-maker at the university level, with the skills you acquire in this online PhD at Capella. The program blends together a dissertation, coursework and on-campus residencies to prepare you for leading your post-secondary institution through contemporary challenges. You’ll benefit from a dissertation process that is woven into the program structure and supported by both a dedicated faculty and a plethora of online resources. You’ll likely cover coursework such as:

  • The Future of Teaching and Learning: Issues for the Educational Leader
  • Higher Education and the Law
  • Advanced Funding and Managing Education Enterprises
  • Leadership in Higher Education


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

Special Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation Statement

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

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

Additional Information

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