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Advanced Studies in Human Behavior Doctor of Philosophy in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior

School of Counseling and Human Services

Expand Your Influence in Your Community

Make a difference in your community while taking your career to the highest level. Capella’s online PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior is designed to help you teach, consult, or lead in institutional, public, or private settings. Our program focuses on advanced research, interdisciplinary leadership theory, program development and evaluation, and social influences on the field of human behavior. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to create change as a consultant, educator, or administrator.

What to Expect

  • Online and In Person
  • 11 Core Courses
  • 8 Speciaization Courses
  • 4 Elective Courses
  • 3 Dissertation Research Seminars
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future. 

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Study Current Practices

Evaluate relevant theories and best practices in the human behavior field.

Conduct Viable Research

Conduct valid, reliable, and ethical research in the field of social and behavioral sciences.

Lead Ethically

Integrate ethical and legal standards into professional practice within the human behavior field.

Create New Solutions

Lead the design, development, and evaluation of interdisciplinary programs and services to address key issues.

Account for Outside Factors

Evaluate factors that affect perceptions and responses to social and behavioral issues and services.

Embrace Diversity

Integrate multicultural awareness and respect for diversity in professional service in the human behavior field.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.

Real-World Application

Our competency-based approach allows you to immediately apply new knowledge to the work you do every day.

Flexible, Engaging Online Learning

Access your learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device; set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$4,758 per quarter, 104 total quarter credits, 28 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% Military Discount

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

The online PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior curriculum focuses on advanced research and interdisciplinary leadership theory. You’ll develop programs and dive into issues specific to children, families, eating disturbances, and addictive behaviors.

Dissertation Research Seminar

Allows you to work extensively on your dissertation topic, methodology, literature review, and research plan early in your program.

Support to Reach the Finish Line

Our doctoral curriculum is designed to give you dedicated support early in your program—so you can be confident in the steps to completing your degree.

Dissertation Mentors

During your dissertation, you’ll be matched with an experienced mentor who will help you stay on track to completing your degree.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
SHB8002 Advanced Research in Adult Human Development and Behavior
SHB8101 Interdisciplinary Leadership in Social and Behavioral Sciences
SHB8112 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
SHB8551 Advanced Contemporary Issues in Studies in Human Behavior
SHB8478 The Family in Social Context

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our advanced studies in human behavior doctoral degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Full-time, adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Executive director
  • Learning center director
  • Care center director
  • Nonprofit executive director
  • Group home executive director
  • Social Services executive director
  • Consultant
  • Child services executive director
  • Child care executive director
  • Family services executive director
  • Program executive director

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Advocacy organization
  • City, county, state, or federal agency such as the department of health and human services
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Health maintenance organization
  • Adoption agency
  • County health department
  • Department of social service
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community-based living facility
  • Community center
  • Family service agency
  • Consulting firm or practice

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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