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Capella University's online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Leadership program advances your ability to lead organizations. This program features a comprehensive core curriculum of leadership, research, strategy, technology, and ethics, plus intensive coursework designed to help you develop skills in systems, critical, creative, reflective, and statistical thinking.

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

Flexible: Enjoy greater freedom and more control with Capella’s online learning experience. Through interactive learning activities, you’ll experience real-world health care scenarios, giving you relevant skills and knowledge you can immediately apply to your career. Calculate My Costs & Graduation Date

Credible: Capella is a nationally recognized university. We offer many accredited degree programs that are professionally aligned. Our collaboration with The Wall Street Journal opens up an additional pool of knowledge, which can help you excel in your career. 

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 Leadership from Capella, you'll have the skills to evaluate the historical and theoretical bases of leadership, analyze leadership in an introspective way, and integrate multiple ways of thinking including creative thinking, reflective thinking, statistical thinking, critical thinking, and systems thinking, to inform leaders' decision making. Additionally, you'll be able to synthesize multi-disciplinary scholarly literature and emerging trends and exhibit proficiency in academic research, writing, and critical-thinking skills. 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 leadership include consultant, vice president/director of leadership development, director off talent management, CEO, COO, CLO, president, director or faculty member. Potential workplaces include: corporation, consulting firm, community college, land-based or online university, government agency or nonprofit organization.