Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


Advance your expertise to the next level and develop your leadership skills in the fast-paced world of business.

Develop advanced business skills that fit your career goals with a DBA

Prepare to be the leader that organizations can rely on to solve problems and leverage opportunities with our online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program. Our DBA specializations can help you build advanced skills to develop your career in business administration.

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program overview

The DBA program is for experienced professionals who want to develop their career in business administration. The capstone project emphasizes applied research to help solve a real issue within your organization.

Choosing a DBA specialization

Every DBA journey is different. Your chosen specialization can help you leverage your unique passions and interests to build advanced expertise for the next phases of your business career.*

*Capella cannot guarantee any specific job, promotion, salary increase or other career outcomes. You will need to conduct your own research to understand what opportunities may be available to you. Note that some career paths may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications or other designations along with a degree.

Which is better for your DBA, FlexPath or GuidedPath?

Your lifestyle and learning preferences will factor into choosing a path for your DBA. FlexPath gives you the freedom to set your own deadlines and complete coursework at your own pace. GuidedPath offers a more structured approach with a fixed weekly schedule.


  • Complete your assessments at your own pace
  • Engage one-on-one with faculty to receive feedback
  • Get support from coaches when you need it
  • Pay one tuition fee per 12-week billing session; books, supplies and other fees apply


  • Complete weekly assignments with preset deadlines
  • Participate in weekly discussion posts with your classmates and faculty
  • Connect with academic advisors to keep you on track
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term

Find out if FlexPath is right for you

Not sure about FlexPath or GuidedPath? The Path Finder Quiz evaluates your learning style to help determine which learning format is better suited to your personal and professional goals.

Why choose the DBA program at Capella University?

Integrated capstone

You’ll begin your capstone early in the program, building real-world knowledge you can apply in today’s business and management settings.

Two learning formats

Choose the option that fits. GuidedPath, a flexible, yet structured approach, or FlexPath, a self-paced learning format.

Support along the way

Start and advance through your doctoral journey with support from faculty and academic coaches.

“I would like to make the transformational change I envision for both organizations and individuals. This degree will not only give me the skills but the credibility within the industry to do so.”

Senorine Wasike DBA student
Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in our promotional materials.