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The Ph.D. Program is comprised of four Learning Modules and the Dissertation.

The courses in each Learning Module were developed based on the learning and practice coming out of the Human Capital Lab, College of Business faculty,
and practicing scholars.

The specific topics relate to what's happening in the business world today and will be immediately applicable in your career.

Internships are available throughout the program. Your faculty advisor will be able to help you take advantage of these opportunities for real-world application.

Strategic Human Capital Management and Productivity.


Strategic Management of Human-Derived Sources of Capital - PCAP 712

This course focuses on strategically aligning the management of human-derived capital with organizational objectives. The course will introduce a broad spectrum of topics concerning, human, intellectual, structural, social, and psychological capital. Emphasis will be given to the role and management of organizational knowledge and how such knowledge works in service to the organizational mission.

Human Capital Development and Productivity - PCAP 720

This course focuses on human capital productivity, Internal and external factors that Impact productivity, data gathering that Informs human capital management. Students will learn to align learning programs and other human capital initiatives with associated business problems, therefore creating an actionable business plan for learning. The Culminating Project for Module 1 is Completion of a written Business Plan for Learning. Pre-req: Acceptance into PHD or Module 1 Certificate.

Linking Human Capital to Organizational Outcomes.


Economics of Human Capital Valuation Issues - PCAP 732

This course focuses on the economic principles that are the foundation of human capital management and theory. Differing methods of determining value will be introduced. Emphasis will be placed on financial and accounting practices and their applicability in human capital investment decisions.

Seminar in Leadership Theory - PCAP 742

This course focuses on the science of influence. Students will become knowledgeable on common styles of leadership and their theoretical underpinnings and assumptions. Topics include what leadership is, the challenge leaders face, the effect leadership has, and how leaders build key relationships. Emphasis is placed on leadership knowledge, approach, and application.

Human Learning and Decision Making - PCAP 752

This course covers topics in human learning theory, organizational learning theory, decision making, problem solving, and critical thinking. Organizational learning topics include knowledge creation and transfer, learning effectiveness, socio-psychology learning, cultural-learning, and leadership influences. In addition, the course examines the use of critical thinking methods, qualitative and quantitative decision-making, and problem solving methods. Lastly, the course emphasizes skill development in the areas of independent reasoning and impartial judgment.

Seminar in Technology, Social Learning, and Innovation - PCAP 760

This course focuses on developing learning models that harness the power of technology and enhance organizational value. Methods to effectively optimize technology and creation of innovative learning environments will be discussed. **Culminating project for Module 2 is a Measurement Plan, which includes conducting a stakeholder meeting, creating a measurement map, project plan, timeline and deliverables. Pre-req: PCAP 712, 720, 732, 742

Research in Organizations - PCAP 772

This course will guide the student through the development of a research proposal that incorporates theoretical, empirical and practitioner research in the area of human capital management. Students will work directly with peers and scholarly mentor in order to understand a broad spectrum of research approaches. The skills that you will develop in this course are essential for your doctoral completion. Without these skills, neither will you be able to integrate and link your advanced knowledge into organizational practices and culture, nor will you be able to contribute to the academic and professional literature. Pre-req: PCAP 712, 720, 732, 742, 752, 760

Human Capital Leadership and Introduction to Measurement.


Introduction to Human Capital Modeling and Research - PCAP 810

This course focuses on the research process in human capital management. Skills developed include reading and synthesizing existing research, conducting literature reviews, formulating research question, propositions, and hypotheses, assessing appropriate research methods in an organizational setting, collecting primary and secondary data from multiple sources, and using software to analyze data. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies will be discussed. Pre-req: PCAP 712, 720, 732, 742, 752, 760, 772

Seminar in Leading and Aligning Human Capital - PCAP 820

This course concentrates on leadership and its effect on making human capital management decisions. Topics such as leader styles, ethics, leader emergence, psychopathy in leaders, incentives/motivation/influence, and value creation through leadership will be discussed. Participants will learn about their own leadership style, how to mentor direct reports, communicate across functional areas of the organization, and how to network effectively to achieve organizational change. Pre-req: PCAP 712, 720, 732, 742, 752, 760, 772, 810

Seminar in Qualitative Methods - PCAP 832

This course introduces students to the basic tools and concepts of qualitative research. With this epistemological grounding, the seminar will then explore the core issues in case study research design, ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, case study and narrative including methods of structured and focused comparisons of cases, typological theory, case selection, and the use of counterfactual analysis. Next, the seminar will look at the epistemological assumptions, comparative strengths and weaknesses, and proper domain of qualitative study methods and alternative methods. Pre-req: PCAP 712, 720, 732, 742, 752, 760, 772, 810

Culminating Project

The culminating project for this Learning Module will include data retrieval and analysis for data quality and availability as well as initial analysis.

Measuring, Analyzing, and Assessing Human Capital Effectiveness.


Seminar in Performance Management - PCAP 840

This course examines the linkages between performance, human capital incentives and key performance indicators. Optimization of human capital investments will be analyzed using holistic diagnostic skills. Pre-req: PCAP 712, 720, 732, 742, 752, 760, 772, 810, 820, 832

Advance Analysis and Presentation Methods - PCAP 850

This course highlights the presentation of analysis and research in manner that is most beneficial for senior-level decision makers. Writing for peer review, practitioner publications and white papers will be a key outcome of this course. Embracing peer and instructor feedback for suggested revisions will be at the heart of this course. **The Culminating Project for this course will be a written report based on work completed in Modules 1, 2 and 3. Pre-req: PCAP 712, 720, 732, 742, 752, 760, 772, 810, 820, 832

Integrating Case Study or Comprehensive Examinations (Ph.D. candidates only) - PCAP 860

The culminating project for this course will be a written report based on work completed in Learning Modules 1, 2, and 3.

Integrating Case Study or Comprehensive Exams - required for Ph.D. students only
Students pursuing their Ph.D. in Human Capital Management will have two options to meet the formal assessment of the learning in the PCAP Program. Integrating Case Study or Comprehensive Exams Pre-req: PCAP 712, 720, 732, 742, 752, 760, 772, 810, 820, 832, 840, 850

Case Study
You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to lead research through this project and make evident your leadership in the field of human capital management. Utilizing the knowledge gained in the previous modules, you will write and publish a unified research case.

Case studies will be published in either peer or practitioner publications.

Comprehensive Examinations
This traditional written and/or oral examination is intended to be your expression of knowledge of the field and practice gained in the previous modules.



The Dissertation for the Ph.D. in Human Capital Management is an applied research project conducted in the student’s organization or an organization to which the student has access and is approved by the student’s dissertation committee. The written dissertation must be successfully defended in order to confer the Ph.D. Degree.