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Total program credits needed for graduation: 120

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5979, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Core Courses:

Fourteen Required Courses, 66 quarter credits

All courses taken in a prescribed sequence:

Research and Practice in Information Technology (6 quarter credits)
DBA Colloquium Track 1 (2 quarter credits)†
Dissertation Mentor Courseroom (non-credit)‡
Research Foundations (6 quarter credits)
Applied Research Techniques (6 quarter credits)
Information Technology Leaders as Partners in Organizational Strategic Planning (6 quarter credits)
Leading Information Technology Strategic Planning in Complex and Global Environments (6 quarter credits)
DBA Colloquium Track 2 (2 quarter credits)†
Guiding the Implementation of Information Technology Policies and Processes (6 quarter credits)
Innovating Information Technology Life Cycle Management Processes in a Changing Environment (6 quarter credits)
DBA Colloquium Track 3 (2 quarter credits)†
Information Technology Consulting Practice Seminar (6 quarter credits)


Teaching Practice Seminar in Information Technology Education (6 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses:

Four Elective Courses, 16 quarter credits

Choose four from the following courses:

Advanced Concepts of Project Management Methodologies (4 quarter credits)
Projects as Complex Adaptive Systems (4 quarter credits)
Advanced Risk Management Systems and Research (4 quarter credits)
Dynamics of Program and Portfolio Management (4 quarter credits)
Theory and Methods of Educating Adults (4 quarter credits)
Teaching Adults (4 quarter credits)
Curriculum Development and Teaching Strategies for Adult Learning (4 quarter credits)
Network Security Advances (4 quarter credits)
Enterprise Security Risk Management (4 quarter credits)
System and Application Security Advances (4 quarter credits)
Assurance Controls and Compliance Management (4 quarter credits)

Upon completion of all required course work:

Dissertation with Project Mentoring 1 (6 quarter credits)
Dissertation with Project Mentoring 2 (6 quarter credits)

Total 82 quarter credits

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

†Learners are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses associated with this course.

‡Learners must register for DIT9940 a minimum of ten times to fulfill their program requirements. Learners who receive a "NS" (Not Satisfactory) grade in DIT9940 are required to register for DIT9940 concurrently with DIT9950, in their next quarter registration. Learners are not able to register in any course other than DIT9940 while registered in DIT9950. Learners must complete these two courses concurrently, prior to progressing to the next sequenced course in the program.

International Experience

Capella’s International Experience takes your curriculum far beyond what you can experience with research alone. Students who join one of the annual trips gain an international perspective on global operations, supply chain management, and other key aspects of current business practices around the world.

During this one-week trip, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet industry leaders and discuss global and regional business concerns
  • Develop key job skills, such as adaptability, global understanding, tolerance, and leadership
  • Engage in dialogue with senior executives of leading companies with global reach
  • Meet successful entrepreneurs
  • Gain first-hand experience in the many ways culture impacts the challenges and complexities of global business operations

Participants are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodations, food and other associated expenses.

Call 1.888.CAPELLA (888.227.3552) to speak with a Capella Counselor to learn more about the International Experience.

"Traveling to Chile was life-changing—the business, economic, societal, and global knowledge I gained was extraordinary. Before, during, and after each business visit we spent time conversing with faculty about each business, the industry, governmental policy impacts, and their financial status. I would recommend the International Experience to everyone. The investment you make in yourself as a professional is second to none."
– Tina Thompson, 2014 International Experience participant

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residential colloquia provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day colloquia (BMGT-R8921, BMGT-R8922, BMGT-R8923).

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 48 credits into this specialization.

Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5979, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.