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Total program credits needed for graduation: 90

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

To learn more, call 866.511.0324, 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:

Twenty-Four Required Courses, 90 quarter credits

Research Processes, Theory and Practice in Global Business (6 quarter credits)
Developing an Academic Writing Process (4 quarter credits)
Business Principles and Practices (4 quarter credits)
Ethics and Leadership in Global Environments (4 quarter credits)
Economics in Global Environments (4 quarter credits) OR
Accounting and Finance Principles and Practice (4 quarter credits)
Marketing Principles and Practice (4 quarter credits) OR
Strategic Management and Practice (4 quarter credits)
The 21st-Century Organization (4 quarter credits)
Management Theory Creation (4 quarter credits)
Survey of Applied Research Methods (4 quarter credits)
Quantitative Research Techniques (4 quarter credits)
Advanced Qualitative Research (4 quarter credits) OR
Applied Multivariate Modeling (4 quarter credits)
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1 (3 quarter credits)
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2* (3 quarter credits)
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3* (3 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses:

20 course quarter credits.

Foresight: Anticipating the Future (4 quarter credits)
Identifying Opportunities for Innovation  (4 quarter credits)
Competing with Disruptive Innovation  (4 quarter credits)
Building an Innovation Strategy  (4 quarter credits)
Advancing Research Paradigms in Strategy and Innovation Theory  (4 quarter credits)

Upon completion of all required course work:

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 quarter credits)

Learners must register for GBUS9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements.

Dissertation Courseroom (3 quarter credits each)

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

Dissertation Research Seminar with Residency

To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day residencies as part of the dissertation research seminars (BMGT-R8925, BMGT-R8926, BMGT-R8927).

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 12 credits into this specialization.

Sign Up for a Free One-Week Mini Course

Learn more about our online learning experience with a free one-week mini course.

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 866.511.0324, 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.

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 866.511.0324 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