Business Intelligence DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

Doctor of Business Administration

Develop real-world skills in data analytics

Prepare to lead at a high level in data analytics with an online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Business Intelligence specialization. Learn how to make better business decisions grounded in historical and present data, drive strategy to ensure businesses operate efficiently, identify market or sales trends, and use predictive analytics to pinpoint opportunities for growth.

This professional doctorate program features a capstone research project in which you’ll develop applicable solutions to real-world problems within your organization. You’ll begin your capstone early in your program, with milestones to help you stay on track. Your project will help you expand your expertise in business research, data mining, and financial decision-making.

At a Glance

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

Classes Start October 12th

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.

We’ve decided to waive all application fees until further notice.

Program highlights

$4,850 quarterly tuition maximum

Maximize your courseload—take 7 or more credits per quarter and pay just $4,850.*


Bolster the skills you’ve gained in your program coursework through intensive, onsite experiences with students and scholar-practitioner faculty.


Organize your work into manageable segments spread throughout your program so you can stay on track with your capstone project and academic goals.

Reduce your tuition by $20,000

Enroll in a qualified program, apply for a $20K scholarship, and meet the eligibility requirements.

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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.

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

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.

Have questions?

Talk to someone who’s completed the program or a faculty member who teaches our courses.

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
$750 per credit $4,850 Quarterly Tuition Max, 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

DBA, Business Intelligence sample courses

The DBA in Business Intelligence curriculum emphasizes internal and external sources of information; techniques for identifying, gathering, managing, analyzing, and integrating organizational information used to make evidence-based decisions; data presentation tools and strategies; and ethical considerations associated with data acquisition and use.

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Business Intelligence, Analytics, and Decision Support

Learners in this course study managerial decision-making and its computerized support, including the various frameworks for decision support. Learners examine the need for business analytics in modern enterprise and acquire and develop their knowledge of the foundations and key issues associated with managerial decision-making. Learners also gain an understanding of the major categories and applications of business analytics, including analytics, decision support systems, and business intelligence.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Data Warehousing and Descriptive Analytics

In this course, learners examine the role of descriptive analytics (DA) in solving business programs, including the basic definitions, concepts, and architectures of data warehousing as foundations for managerial decision support. Learners acquire and develop an understanding of the capabilities of business reporting and visualization as enablers of DA, as well as the foundations of the emerging field of visual analytics as applied to dashboards and scorecards in performance management. For DBA Business Intelligence learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Data Mining and Predictive Analytics

This course focuses on the role of predictive analytics and data mining in solving business problems. Learners explore the processes and methods for conducting data mining projects and study predictive modeling techniques, including artificial neural networks and support vector machines. Learners also examine the processes, methods, and applications of contemporary variations to data mining, such as text mining, Web mining, and text analytics. For DBA Business Intelligence learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Data Modeling and Prescriptive Analytics

Learners in this course study the applications of prescriptive analytics. Learners construct analytical models for selected decision problems, including linear programming and analytic hierarchical processing. Learners also formulate heuristic search methods and simulation models for decision support. For DBA Business Intelligence learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

  • Help businesses run smoothly
  • Master the techniques
  • Leverage data solutions
  • Put ethics into practice

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.

Business Intelligence career insights

PhD in Business Management vs. DBA

Two doctoral programs focused on business. What are the differences, and which one is right for you?

What Can You Do with a DBA? Two Case Studies

Doctor of Business Administration program participants help advance their careers with terminal degrees.

What is a Doctoral Residency?

Residency helps prepare doctoral candidates for comprehensive exams, and dissertation research and writing.

DBA, Business Intelligence professional paths

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

Related job titles to explore*

  • Business intelligence vice president
  • Adjunct or part-time business faculty**
  • Full-time business faculty**
  • Business intelligence consultant
  • Business intelligence director
  • Business intelligence consultant
  • Business intelligence director
  • Senior business intelligence analyst

Employment settings to explore

  • Corporation
  • Consulting firm
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Health care organization
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Insurance firm
  • Technology organization
  • Manufacturing
  • Information services
  • Financial services

*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.

Three career paths to explore with a DBA, Business Intelligence

While the business field offers a variety of career paths and focus areas, some of the more common paths include:

Analyze information gathered for decision-making using the appropriate quantitative and qualitative research techniques and apply data assets and analysis to help address business needs and problems.

Partner with key stakeholders to understand business intelligence requirements and provide leadership to business teams by empowering them with solutions to improve business performance and decision-making.

Provide advice and expertise to organizations in many sectors and help integrate internal and external data needed to support evidence-based decision-making.

Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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