PhD – Leadership (ACBSP-accredited)
Capella University

Program Details

Capella University's online PhD in leadership degree program enables you to draw from multiple leadership approaches to fortify an organization’s viability. Designed for students who wish to become scholars — with the skills and knowledge to teach, consult or lead — this program’s curriculum centers around leadership, research, strategy, technology, and ethics.

In addition to your online courses, you’ll complete 3 residential colloquia, each of which includes a 4-day weekend experience. The aim of these energizing residencies is to instill insights and knowledge that will prove invaluable throughout your PhD studies and beyond.

Capella University's online PhD in leadership degree program enables you to draw from multiple leadership approaches to fortify an organization’s viability. Designed for students who wish to become scholars — with the skills and knowledge to teach, consult or lead — this program’s curriculum centers around leadership, research, strategy, technology, and ethics.

In addition to your online courses, you’ll complete 3 residential colloquia, each of which includes a 4-day weekend experience. The aim of these energizing residencies is to instill insights and knowledge that will prove invaluable throughout your PhD studies and beyond.

You'll also have the opportunity to participate in Capella's international experience. This optional trip is designed to provide multinational networking, increased cultural literacy and global operations learning experience.

Furthermore, Capella University has teamed with The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) to offer business students full digital access to the most timely, relevant business news, enhancing your academic experience and giving you a competitive edge in your career.

With your PhD in Leadership from Capella, you'll evaluate the historical and theoretical bases of leadership through a multi-disciplinary lens to develop leadership perspectives which ensure the viability of the organization in a dynamic global environment. You'll also learn to integrate multiple ways of thinking including creative thinking, reflective thinking, statistical thinking, critical thinking, and systems thinking, to inform leaders' decision making.

Common jobs with an online PhD in Leadership include business researcher, consultant, executive-level management, leadership development manager/director or research director. Potential workplaces include consulting firm, corporation, government, land-based or online college or university, public/private education or nonprofit organization.

Requirements

In addition to your online courses, you will attend three on-campus residencies.

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:

  • Doctoral students must have a master’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution

Special Accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) has accredited Capella University business programs and select specializations. For full accreditation statement and the list of accredited programs and specializations, go to www.capella.edu/university-accreditation.

 

School Accreditation Statement

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