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Human Resource Management Specialization Doctor of Business Administration

School of Business and Technology

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.

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

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.

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 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 percent competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz

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 Human Resource Management Online Degree - Capella University

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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

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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Description
DB8008 Becoming a Business Researcher 6 quarter credits
BMGT8410* Foundations of Human Resource Theory and Practice 4 quarter credits
BMGT8412* Creating Adaptive, Innovative Workplaces 4 quarter credits
BMGT8414* Attracting and Retaining Talent 4 quarter credits
BMGT8416* Human Resource Practices for Developing Talent 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 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 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.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

7 Human Resource Management Certifications for Your Career

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The Value of Competency-Based Education for HR Professionals

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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 human resource management.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

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

Related Employment Settings to Explore

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

*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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