PhD – Leadership (ACBSP-accredited)
Capella University

Program Details

With a program grounded in dissertation success, Capella offers this online PhD in Leadership. As an ACBSP-accredited program, you’ll benefit from a unique program structure, taught by dedicated faculty, along with comprehensive online resources that will give you momentum throughout the dissertation process.  You’ll hone in on skills to maximize your own leadership style, through various thinking approaches (strategic, critical, reflective, etc.). This is a multidisciplinary approach to a PhD that combines business theory, research and practice with a leadership curriculum. A few on-campus residencies are usually required, as are these core courses:

  • Leadership Theory and Practice in a Global Environment
  • Leadership as Personal Practice
  • Leading the Organizational System
  • Leading Dynamic Systems with Multi-Dimensional Thinking

% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

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)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Official College Transcript(s), Additional Materials May Be Requested

Additional Info

  • This program requires 3 residencies.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP, has accredited Capella University business programs and select specializations. For full accreditation statement and the list of accredited programs and specializations, go to