This specialization is not designed to meet licensure requirements for the social work professions.
Capella University's online PhD in Social and Community Services program deepens your knowledge of social issues and public service leadership. This program offers in-depth study of major community and social issues and social science research, along with elective courses that allow you to focus on areas that reflect your professional interests and career goals.
As part of Capella's broad portfolio of public service leadership offerings, this program features a multidisciplinary approach to public service education that provides you with an in-depth understanding of your specialized professions in the context of the larger public service environment.
Your PhD in Social and Community Services 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 your PhD in Social and Community Services from Capella, you'll critically evaluate theories and practices, as well as social phenomena, in the social and community services profession. You'll also learn to conduct valid, reliable, and ethical research in the social and community services discipline.
Common jobs with an online PhD in Social and Community Services include executive director, advisor, case manager/worker, director, program manager, faculty, or supervisor. Potential workplaces and fields include: aging/gerontology, child welfare/children's services, community organization, employment/occupational social services, faculty at a college or university, international social services, management/administration, mental health/clinical social services or policy and planning.
Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
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.