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Capella University's online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Strategy program prepares you to drive innovation and lead strategic results. Through a strong focus on research techniques, plus in-person learning experiences, you'll gain the skills to implement change and conduct global research that is directly applicable to real-world business issues.

This curriculum emphasizes evidence-based practices for analyzing global trends, leveraging competitive information, seeking innovation opportunities, developing future-oriented product strategies, and learning to lead and influence from any level in your organization.

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 Strategy and Innovation from Capella, you'll have the skills to assess the information needs for effective strategy and innovation and identify, access, and collaborate on the appropriate sources for that information. Additionally, you'll be able to integrate data needed to support evidence-based strategy and innovation, analyze information gathered for strategy and innovation using the appropriate research techniques, and demonstrate ethical, effective, and sustainable approaches to strategy and innovation. 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 Strategy and Innovation include chief executive officer, president, vice president, director, business consultant, and adjunct or part-time faculty (practitioner-focused teaching). Potential workplaces include: corporation, consulting firm, community college, land-based or online university, government agency or nonprofit organization.