Global Operations & Supply Chain Management DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

Doctor of Business Administration

Become a Leader in Global Operations and Supply Chain Management

Prepare to leverage the effects of the supply chain to increase performance and lead the next generation of global operations professionals. With Capella’s online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Global Operations and Supply Chain Management degree you’ll gain the advanced knowledge and skills to expand your expertise in global operations. You’ll also receive intensive instruction in global supply chain design, financial decision-making, and prepare to lead in global operations and supply chain management advanced theory and practice.

At a Glance

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

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Classes Start July 13th

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What you’ll learn

Promote Innovation

Integrate and apply theory and scholarly research to develop innovative approaches to business problems in global and diverse environments.

Help Businesses Grow

Apply and communicate strategic approaches to business practice and planning.

Apply Your Ideas

Develop and apply critical thinking to business problems and opportunities.

Leverage Data Solutions

Integrate internal and external data with analytical techniques to support evidence-based decision-making.

Put Ethics Into Practice

Integrate ethical concepts and integrity into sustainable business models.

Develop Your Skills

Develop expertise within and across functional and cross-functional disciplines.

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 Global Operations and Supply Chain Management 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.

$4,850 quarterly tuition maximum

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

*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
$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

Doctorate in Global Operations and Supply Chain Management Sample Courses

The DBA in Global Operations and Supply Chain Management degree curriculum emphasizes global supply chain management strategy and management functions associated with marketing and sales, product and inventory, and personnel and customer service.

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Designing a Global Operations and Supply Chain Network

Learners in this course examine the foundational principles, concepts, and theories of the operations and supply chain management (OSCM) discipline. Learners analyze how raw materials move through a network of organizations and become a product to be delivered through wholesalers and distributors to customers. Learners study network design of OSCM decisions including production sites, inventory, order fulfillment, transportation, sustainability and logistics from the operational, tactical, and strategic perspectives. Using the scholar-practitioner model, learners also explore underlying theories and their application in real-life scenarios. Finally, learners apply introductory methods of optimization and statistics in quality assurance and control, inventory management, and demand planning along with other methods. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Supply Chain Transformation Through Innovation

In this course, learners explore how transformation initiatives (such as new methods and technology) enable firms to compete by managing costs and creating superior customer value. Learners examine methods for designing integrated global supply chain networks that are cost-effective and of high quality, and analyze global management of complex investments in suppliers, hardware, software, networks, and processes. Learners study strategies to introduce new technology by analyzing resistance to change and total cost of ownership (TCO). Learners also examine the evaluation, selection, and implementation of enterprise resource planning (ERP), transportation management (TMS), and warehouse management (WMS) systems using suites or best of breed tools. Finally, learners examine supply chain analytics, cloud computing, and Software as a Service (SaaS) in the context of supply chain management. For DBA Global Operations and Supply Chain Management learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
DB8325 *
Supplier Relationship Management

Learners in this course examine the critical need for organizations to evaluate, select and manage relationships with their suppliers. Many firms operate as globally networked enterprises that seamlessly integrate suppliers, customers and internal operations. In so doing, organizations need to develop worldclass supply bases that are cost effective, high quality and resilient to disruptions. These sourcing relationships are complicated by cultural, political and legal differences in various countries. Further, organizations find sourcing as a key place to address the ethical and environmental concerns that many customers demand. Using the scholar-practitioner model, learners also explore supply chain research in the field. For DBA Global Operations and Supply Chain Management learners only. Prerequisite(s): DB8321, DB8323. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Global Supply Chain Design

Learners in this course design global supply chains using quantitative methods that achieve worldclass customer service and competitive costs. The need to optimize multiple variables and address dynamic markets makes this a complex task. This course addresses facility location, inventory management, service levels and transportation selection as aspects of supply chain network design. Learners also examine how to create teams and address project management concerns associated with supply chain projects. Using the scholarpractitioner model, learners explore research literature in supply chain network design. For DBA Global Operations and Supply Chain Management learners only.

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 Global Operations and Supply Chain Management Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our doctoral degree in global operations and supply chain management.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Chief operations officer (COO)
  • Operations director or vice president
  • Supply chain director or vice president
  • Manufacturing director or vice president
  • Purchasing/procurement director or vice president
  • Product development and/or planning director
  • Consultant
  • Distribution director or vice president
  • Adjunct or part-time business faculty**
  • Full-time business faculty**
  • Director of global sourcing

Employment settings to explore

  • Corporation
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Health care organization
  • Retail
  • Government–local, state, federal
  • Aerospace
  • Defense
  • Military
  • Consulting firm
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college

*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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