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Accounting Specialization Doctor of Business Administration

School of Business and Technology

Overview 

Develop the advanced skills and knowledge to lead organizations, provide high-value consulting services, or educate the next generation of accounting professionals. Capella University's online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Accounting program prepares you to be a leader in accounting theory and practice.

With intensive instruction in electronic research technologies, as well as specialized courses and in-person learning experiences, you'll prepare to conduct efficient, effective global research in the field of accounting. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in Capella's international learning experience. This optional trip is designed to provide multinational networking opportunities, increased cultural literacy, and a global perspective.

Online courseroom discussions, specially designed networking sites, and face-to-face weekend residencies provide ongoing opportunities to build professional relationships and share knowledge with other business leaders around the country. A prescribed course sequence, built-in dissertation milestones, and supportive mentoring create a clear path toward completing the program in 3 years.

Residency Requirements

In addition to your online courses, you will attend three four-day residencies (DB-R8921, DB-R8922, DB-R8923) at specific stages in your program. These energizing residencies provide you with insights and knowledge that will be valuable during your DBA studies and beyond.

What is the cost to attend

The price for each DBA residency is included in your quarterly tuition, but doesn't include costs for evening meals or travel. You'll be responsible for making your hotel reservations and travel arrangements.

Degree Outcomes

With your DBA in Accounting from Capella, you'll learn to evaluate evolving conceptual models, theoretical frameworks and technological and organizational systems and their implications for accounting theory and practice. You'll also have the skills to evaluate ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks that guide accounting theory and practice, assess cultural and societal perspectives influencing accounting practice in the global era, and exhibit proficiency in research, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online DBA in Accounting include CFO, business researcher, controller, consultant, vice president of finance, senior auditor or faculty member. Potential workplaces include: corporation, accounting or consulting firm, nonprofit organization, university or government agency.

Detailed Program Information

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Classes Start Soon

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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. 

Our online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set 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
$4,720 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. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

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Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

$30 Million in Scholarships Available

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

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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 folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty holds top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now. 

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Dissertation Mentors

During your dissertation, you’ll be matched with an experienced mentor who will help you to succeed. 

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.