Doctor of Human Services

Develop the expertise you need to lead organizations and resolve current issues

Prepare to use a multidisciplinary approach to attend to human needs and improve the general well-being of diverse populations. Develop and demonstrate the skills needed to manage and evaluate human services organizations and engage in. data-driven decision making. You will apply advanced human services skills to collaboratively resolve current issues in diverse for-profit, nonprofit, and government settings.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

Each doctoral program and specialization is designed around expected learning outcomes (see Expected Program Outcomes below). End of program performance is determined during the comprehensive exam and dissertation process. Because the work is unique to each learner's dissertation or research topic and the criteria for evaluation are aligned to that work, we do not collect data on proficiency levels for doctoral programs.

Doctor of Human Services specializations

  • Advanced Program Evaluation and Data Analytics
  • Leadership and Organizational Management

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • 100% of Capella faculty in the School of Human Services hold doctoral degrees from accredited universities and colleges.
  • The DHS curriculum is designed around the National Standards, Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHE) and the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS).

Expected Program Outcomes for All Specializations

  1. Apply leadership principles and strategies to provide community support and/or direct care to for profit, nonprofit, and government organizations.
  2. Evaluate programs to help manage diverse for profit, nonprofit, and government organizations.
  3. Use data analytics and technology to manage organizations and to create and guide programs to best meet the needs of the community.
  4. Advocate across diverse settings and stakeholders for the identified needs of the community or groups.
  5. Apply professional ethics and cultural competence in the human services profession.
  6. Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and respectful of the diversity, dignity, and integrity of others consistent with the expectations for members of the Human Services field.

PhD in Human Services Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the PhD in Human Services degree program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Satisfaction with Job Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree." Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.


Career & Professional Accomplishments Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item. Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

PhD in Human Services Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the PhD in Human Services degree program have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively. Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

Improvement in Skills and Abilities  Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.


Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2014 and June 2015. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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