Human Resource Management DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

Doctor of Business Administration

Be a Leader in Human Resource Management

Expand your opportunities and enhance organizational performance with Capella's online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Human Resource Management degree. In this specialization, you will focus on attracting, developing, and retaining a global workforce while addressing diverse demographic and cultural perspectives. You’ll explore the influence of new technologies on the workplace, develop the acumen to foster innovative environments, and gain the knowledge and skills to teach, consult, lead, practice, and conduct research in the field of human resource management.

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 October 12th

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$50 application fee (waived w/promo SPRING)

What you’ll learn

Put Theory into Practice

Synthesize multidisciplinary theories that inform and shape theory and practice to attract, develop, and retain a global workforce.

Keep Up with Trends

Hone in on emerging trends and technological influences to advance the theory and practice of global Human Resource Management.

Put Ethics Into Practice

Evaluate ethical theories and frameworks that guide human resources practices in the 21st century.

Incorporate Research

Integrate research and practices into the development of adaptive and innovative global workplace environments.

Expand Your Horizons

Evaluate diverse demographic and cultural perspectives to advance the body of knowledge and practice in global human resource management.

Develop Your Skills

Exhibit proficiency in academic 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 Human Resource 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 formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100% competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz.

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 Human Resource Management Sample Courses

DBA in Human Resource Management students evaluate multidisciplinary theories and human resource management strategies and practices for creating flexible and innovative settings in the 21st century’s global workplace.

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Foundations of Human Resource Theory and Practice

This course addresses ways in which social and economic changes have transformed human resource management’s role in organizations. Learners examine issues that currently impact human resources managers in today’s rapidly evolving environment. In addition, learners investigate the theories on which human resource practices have been built to determine their relevance in the 21st-century, informationage workplace. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Creating Adaptive, Innovative Workplaces

In this course, learners explore human resource management strategies, tools, and issues related to the changing world of work. Learners analyze the ways in which HR professionals support the creation of innovative, engaging and productive work to meet the needs of the contemporary and future workplaces. Learners also examine the human resource components of employee engagement to include organizational design, leadership, career development, communication, flexibility, and virtual work environments. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Attracting and Retaining Talent

Learners in this course evaluate emerging human resource management theories and practices for effectively attracting employees. Learners analyze workforce selection practices for reliability and align performance management strategies to support the organizational mission.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Human Resource Practices for Developing Talent

In this course, learners explore human resources management’s role in developing talent and evaluate human resource management theories and ethical frameworks associated with individual adult learning, human resource development, succession planning, mentoring, coaching, and performance management. This course emphasizes the theoretical basis of development, compensation, rewards, and motivation in order to better serve organizations and to contribute to the knowledge base in the human resource management field. The course also stresses the importance of evaluating and critiquing current workforce development trends in support of innovative workplace environments.  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.

Human Resource Management Career Insights

7 Human Resource Management Certifications for Your Career

Which certifications are right for you and your next HR career move?

The Value of Competency-Based Education for HR Professionals

Competency-based education is valuable for human resource professionals, as students and in the hiring process.

PhD in Business Management vs. DBA

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DBA HRM Professional Paths

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

Related job titles to explore*

  • Human resources director
  • Vice president, human resources
  • Director/vice president human resource development
  • Director/vice president talent acquisition
  • Director/vice president labor relations
  • Director/vice president EEO and/or diversity
  • Director/vice president compensation and benefits
  • Adjunct or part-time business faculty**
  • Full-time business faculty**
  • Chief human resources officer (CHRO)

Employment settings to explore

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Manufacturing
  • Health care organization
  • Retail
  • Insurance firm
  • Small business
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Corporation
  • Consulting firm
  • Non-governmental organization
  • Nonprofit organization

*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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