Management & Leadership BS in Business

Bachelor of Science in Business

Understanding the science of business

Earn the right business degree to help advance your career potential. Our online bachelor’s in business, management and leadership degree can give you tools to help you stand out as a leader. You can gain valuable management techniques and strategic planning skills. Additionally, become proficient in information and technology to help your company reach its goals.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath available
  • 8–15 General education courses
  • 10 Core courses
  • 8 Specialization courses
  • 7–13 Elective courses
  • 1 Capstone course 
  • 180 Total quarter credits (135 max transfer credits)

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Classes Start October 11th

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Management Leadership program highlights

A management and leadership balance

Immediately apply learnings to a wide range of professional fields and become positioned to manage or lead.

The strategic advantage

This specialization provides the ability to plan and implement your organization’s mission.

Virtual teams are vital

Our technology has made virtual teams possible. Students learn valuable ways to integrate technology with business.

Global business

Faculty at Capella are specifically chosen to guide courses supplying global skills.

92% of our bachelor in business alumni would recommend Capella to friends, family, and colleagues.*

Real-world coursework

You’ll be challenged to think differently and apply what you learn in the courseroom to the work you do every day in your career.

*Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2019-2020

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Financial aid counselors

Our financial aid team knows how to run the numbers and help save on tuition.


Powerful databases and resources relevant to your field and dedicated, experienced librarians to help you do the research.

Career center

For this team, it’s more than resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Cost & learning formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100% competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz.

A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$357 per 1000-2000 level credit $411 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.

  • Enroll in one or two core courses at a time and complete as many as you want in 12 weeks
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session
$2,500 per 12-week billing session, 90 total program points, 68 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (75th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Ask our Alumni

Have questions about our programs and what actual alumni have done with their degree? Ask our alumni about their experiences, and see if Capella is a fit for you.


Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount. Ask your employer what offers are available.

Gen ed courses included

Capella students have a great way to earn gen ed credits, with access to ACE-recommended courses from our affiliate, Sophia Learning.*

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

*All transfer and PLA credit must be completed prior to starting any program in the FlexPath format. Any professional certification or external courses taken concurrently with FlexPath enrollment cannot be recognized in the Capella degree program.

Management Leadership sample courses

The curriculum in our management leadership bachelor’s degree focuses on the management, interpersonal, and professional thinking skills needed to impact organizations as a leader or manager at all levels.

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BUS4011 *
Virtual Team Collaboration

Learners gain knowledge of and examine practical communication and collaboration skills necessary for effective participation in and leadership of teams in a virtual networked context. Learners also analyze various forms of collaborative leadership and participate in collaborative leadership experiences within a virtual networked organizational setting. Prerequisite(s): BUS3010, or BUS3011 and BUS3012.

6 quarter credits
BUS4012 *
Leadership in Organizations

In this course, learners create effective theories of leadership in the networked enterprise at different organizational levels and from different perspectives. Learners develop and demonstrate their knowledge of the skills that support personal characteristics of effective leaders, such as coaching strategies, personal integrity, trustworthiness, courage and generosity, and an ability to encourage others to participate in leadership. Prerequisite(s): BUS3010, or BUS3011 and BUS3012.

6 quarter credits
BUS4013 *
Organizational Structure, Learning, and Performance

Learners in this course analyze organizational structures and their influence on organizational intelligence, learning ability, and the practical performance of an enterprise. The course includes an emphasis on the adaptive and responsive organization and its relationship to enterprise stakeholders and environment. Learners evaluate a case study that illustrates the interrelatedness of organizational structure, learning, and performance in order to create a model of a high-performance organization. Prerequisite(s): BUS3010, or BUS3011 and BUS3012.

6 quarter credits
BUS4014 *
Operations Management for Competitive Advantage

This course is a survey of operations management. Learners analyze strategic product and service design, major capacity and location decision making processes, and process and control system operations. Learners use case studies to build a working knowledge of the important concepts and decision-making tools. Prerequisite(s): BUS3010, or BUS3011 and BUS3012.

6 quarter credits
BUS4015 *
Strategic Planning and Implementation

Learners develop their understanding of strategic planning and implementation using case studies and simulations of various business planning processes and by exploring the unpredictable dimension of strategic business planning. Learners show how integrating unplanned developments into existing strategy is an important part of real-world strategic planning. Prerequisite(s): BUS3010, or BUS3011 and BUS3012.

6 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

Earning your Bachelor of Science in Business, Leadership and Management degree can help prepare you to lead in a dynamic field as you explore these and other critical areas of focus.

  • Discover how to effectively apply management principles in your work place.
  • Practice applying leadership skills and techniques in an organization.
  • Build a sustainable advantage through the management of human capital.
  • Use technology to make data-driven decisions toward organizational goals.
  • Demonstrate the ability to positively affect the goals and objectives of an organization.

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BS in Business, Management Leadership professional paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our BS in Business Management Leadership degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Office manager
  • Human resource manager
  • Sales manager
  • Account manager
  • Store manager
  • Regional manager
  • Assistant manager
  • General manager

Employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Insurance carrier
  • Bank
  • Accounting and payroll Service
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Manufacturing organization
  • Consulting firm
  • Software publisher

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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