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Accounting DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

Doctor of Business Administration

Develop your expertise in Accounting

Prepare to lead organizations or provide high-value consulting services. With Capella University’s online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Accounting degree, you’ll gain the advanced skills and knowledge to expand your expertise in accounting and receive intensive instruction in financial reporting, conduct global research, and prepare to lead in accounting theory and practice.

At a Glance

  • Online & in-person
  • 8 Core courses
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • 1 Doctoral research project
  • 2 Residencies

Reduce your tuition by $20,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $20K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree.

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Classes Start April 13th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo SPRING)

What you’ll learn

Put theory into practice

Evaluate evolving conceptual models, theoretical frameworks, and technological and organizational systems and their implications for accounting theory and practice.

Build your knowledge

Evaluate ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks that guide accounting theory and practice.

Expand your horizons

Assess cultural and societal perspectives influencing accounting practice in the global era.

Develop your skills

Exhibit proficiency in research, writing, and critical thinking skills.

25 years of online doctoral experience

With over 25 years of experience in online doctoral education, we understand the unique needs of doctoral students, and have designed our programs to meet those needs. We've structured our programs to help you reach your goals and obtain critical skills—with our expert faculty, support teams, and online resources to help guide you every step of the way.

DBA in Accounting program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Put your research to work

Showcase your ability to develop solutions for organizations through the completion of a doctoral applied business research project.

Research mentor

For your culminating doctoral applied business research project, you’ll be paired with a knowledgeable mentor to help you along the way.

Flat quarterly tuition rate

Your $4,850 flat quarterly tuition rate includes the cost of courses and required residencies.*

*Quoted price does not include $175/quarter resource kit fee. Quoted cost includes residency tuition, but not travel costs, meals, and lodging.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A more 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; 1-2 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
$4,850 per quarter, 82 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Get the details

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

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. 

$20K toward your doctorate

Apply for a $20K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help you fund your doctoral degree.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

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

Doctorate in Accounting sample courses

In the DBA in Accounting degree, students evaluate advanced theoretical constructs, standards, and techniques of accounting practice; analyze strategic implications of accounting issues; and conduct scholarly research that contributes to the field of accounting.

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Advanced Research in Accounting

This course advances learners’ skills in multidisciplinary research in accounting. Learners develop their skills by using LexisNexis and other research tools to efficiently and effectively conduct research across a broad range of accounting topics, including legal and regulatory guidance and social perspectives. Learners analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and report their research findings to develop decision frameworks and practice in accounting.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

4 quarter credits
Financial Reporting

Learners in this course study financial accounting standards and practices and associated legal, regulatory, and reporting issues. Learners focus on the relationship between financial accounting research and practice and explore related emerging trends, technologies, and societal implications.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Accounting in the Global Era

In this course, learners study international accounting standards and the evolving process of harmonization. U.S.-based Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are compared with those of other countries. The influence of cultures, globalization, and technology on accounting standards is also examined. Learners focus on research and practice while exploring emerging trends in the profession and society. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Forensic Accounting

Learners in this course study the requirements, processes, and techniques used to present accounting and financial information in the legal environment. Learners focus on the relationship between forensic accounting research and practice and explore related emerging trends, technologies, and societal implications. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

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.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Doctoral advising

Doctoral programs are specific and challenging. That’s why you’ll have access to expert support at every step along the road to your degree.

Career center

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

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DBA Accounting professional paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our doctoral degree in accounting.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Chief financial officer (CFO)
  • Business researcher
  • Consultant
  • Controller
  • Vice president of finance
  • Adjunct or part-time business faculty**
  • Full-time business faculty**

Employment settings to explore

  • Corporation
  • Accounting firm
  • Consulting firm
  • Government - local, state, federal
  • Self-employment
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Small business
  • Health care organization
  • Insurance firm
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial institution

*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.

**Educational and professional requirements for faculty positions vary widely by employer. Understanding your target employers’ particular requirements is key in deciding on a doctoral program.

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