Capella University

225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402-3389

Program Details

This program is not designed for teacher certification, licensure or endorsement.

Capella University's online PhD in Professional Studies program prepares you to teach or train effectively in professional and business settings. This program provides optimal opportunity for you to build upon previous knowledge and experience, and choose course work and research topics most interesting or relevant to your current position or career aspirations.

You will also have the option to earn a Post-Master's Certificate in Enrollment Management (along with a professional Enrollment Management certificate from Noel-Levitz) or a Post-Master's Certificate in College Teaching as part of your program.

Your PhD in Professional Studies program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called colloquia or 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 your PhD in Professional Studies in Education from Capella, you'll learn to educate effectively in professional and business settings, provide leadership by analyzing and challenging current theories and practices, and lead change processes. Additionally, you will gain the skills to conduct high quality, scholarly research about education and training in professional and business settings.

Common jobs with an online PhD in Professional Studies in Education include director of education, faculty member, assessment coordinator, distance learning specialist, curriculum specialist, and program coordinator. Potential workplaces include state agency, government, P–12 school district, nonprofit organization, and land-based or online college or university.

For current K-12 professionals interested in extending their education with a graduate degree. Capella University education programs do not lead to initial teacher licensure.

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    Program Overview

    • Degree Level:
      Doctorate
    • Delivery Format:
      Mostly Online
    • Completion Time:
      92
    • Tuition Basis :
      Per Quarter Credit
    • In State Rate:
      $690.00
    • Out of State Rate:
      $690.00
    • Estimated Degree Cost - In State:
      $63,480.00
    • Estimated Degree Cost - Out Of State:
      $63,480.00
    • International Students Accepted:
      Yes
    • Accelerated Degree:
      No

    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

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

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

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    Disclosure

    Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credentials, job placement 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 at 1.866.679.9687 for more information.

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