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Business Intelligence Specialization Doctor of Business Administration

School of Business and Technology

Become a Leader in Business Intelligence

Prepare to design, implement, and lead organizational strategies in the consulting field. With Capella University's online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Business Intelligence degree, you’ll gain advanced skills in business research, data mining and predictive analytics, and financial decision-making. You’ll also focus on strategic and tactical decision-making in data warehousing, modeling, and analysis.

What to Expect

  • Online & In Person
  • 8 Core Courses
  • 4 Specialization Courses
  • 1 Doctoral Research Project
  • 2 Residencies

Classes Start January 8th

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. 

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Help Businesses Run Smoothly

Assess the information needs for a business decision situation and identify and access the appropriate sources.

Leverage Data Solutions

Integrate internal and external data needed to support evidence-based decision making.

Master the Techniques

Analyze information gathered for decision support using the appropriate quantitative and qualitative research techniques.

Put Ethics into Practice

Demonstrate approaches to the presentation of decision support information that are both ethical and effective.

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 $4,720 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. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  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
$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.

DBA in Business Intelligence Online Doctorate Degree - Capella University

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. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

10% Military Discount

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

Employer & Association Discounts

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

Accredited & Respected

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

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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Description
DB8008 Becoming a Business Researcher
DB8210 Business Intelligence, Analytics, and Decision Support
DB8212 Data Warehousing and Descriptive Analytics
DB8214 Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
DB8216 Data Modeling and Prescriptive Analytics

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.  


Our distinguished faculty members hold 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.

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Move Forward in Your Career

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

Related Job Titles to Explore*

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

Related Employment Settings to Explore

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

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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