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

% 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.