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Capella University's online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Human Resource Management program prepares you to foster innovative workplaces. Expand your opportunities and enhance the performance of organizations by gaining the knowledge and skills needed to teach, consult, lead, practice, and conduct research in the field of human resource management.

Building on a comprehensive core curriculum of leadership, research, strategy, and ethics, this program focuses on diverse demographic and cultural perspectives, the influence of new technologies on the workplace, and the impact of the dynamic external work environment on human-resource management practices.

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

Online courseroom discussions, specially designed networking sites, and face-to-face weekend residencies provide ongoing opportunities to build professional relationships and share knowledge with other business leaders around the country. A prescribed course sequence, built-in dissertation milestones, and supportive mentoring create a clear path toward completing the program in 3 years.

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

Capella and The Wall Street Journal: A collaboration that works for you

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.

As one of the many ways we support the business learning experience, the annual Capella Business Leader Award, sponsored by The Wall Street Journal, offers three eligible business students the chance to visit the epicenter of U.S. business. The 2015 award recipients will travel to New York City to visit WSJ headquarters, meet with Dow Jones Talent Development leaders, ring the bell on the NASDAQ, and much more!

*To be eligible for full digital access to, students must have successfully completed their first course and be currently enrolled.

Military Benefits

At Capella, we are deeply grateful to our servicemen and women, veterans, and their families for their commitment and sacrifice. We’ve been recognized as a Yellow Ribbon Organization by the Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota’s governor for outstanding support of our military.


In honor of your commitment and service to our country, Capella offers valuable military benefits

  • Flexible leave-of-absence policy to accommodate the unique challenges of your or your spouse's duty obligations.
  • Unlimited, full participation in the VA Yellow Ribbon program, which covers Capella tuition for eligible service members and veterans. 
  • 10-15% tuition discounts for service members and veterans. Capella is proud to also extend this discount to the spouses and dependents of active duty service members. 

Degree Outcomes

With your DBA in Human Resource Management from Capella, you'll learn to synthesize multidisciplinary theories that inform and shape theory and practice to attract, develop, and retain a global workforce. Additionally, you'll be able to synthesize emerging trends and technological influences, evaluate ethical theories and frameworks that guide human resources practices in the 21st century and integrate research and practices into the development of adaptive and innovative global workplace environments. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at

People with Doctoral degrees in Business from Capella earn an average of $42,000 more per year than people who only hold a Master's degree.

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Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online DBA in Human Resource Management include HR consultant, manager, generalist, director, vice president, adjunct or part-time faculty. Potential workplaces include: corporation, manufacturing, land-based or online college or university, government agency or consulting firm.