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DBA in Human Resources Management Online Doctoral Degree Program | Courses - Capella University

DBA in Human Resource Management

School of Business and Technology

The DBA Human Resource Management specialization focuses on knowledge and skills needed to teach, consult, lead, practice, and conduct research in the field of human resource management. Learners evaluate multidisciplinary theories and human resource management strategies and practices for creating flexible and innovative settings in the 21st century’s global workplace. The specialization focuses on key issues related to attracting, developing, and retaining a global workforce, and the coursework addresses diverse demographic and cultural perspectives, the influence of new technologies on the workplace, and the impact of the dynamic external work environment on human resource management practices.

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Residency Requirement(s):

Two four-day residencies. See university policy 3.04.05 Attendance at Residencies and the Residencies page on Campus for more information. Also see each graduate school’s residency courses.



Eighteen Required Courses



82 quarter credits

Core courses:

Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Business

This course presents an introduction to strategies for success in doctoral studies with attention to becoming a doctoral level writer and researcher in business. The course assists learners in making the transition from being intelligent consumers of research to producers of useful applied research. An overview is provided of the nature of business administration and how businesses operate as a system to produce products or services.  Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
DB-R8960 *
Capstone Professional Project: Milestone 1

In this course, learners begin developing their DBA Capstone Professional Project. Learners apply the Knowledge of Practice (KoP) literature in their specialization to begin framing their Professional Project business problem and research topic. Learners also improve their acumen in research project initiation, which includes developing an introduction, business problem, context, significance, research questions, scope, research approach and preliminary data source. Successful completion of this course leads to approval of Milestone 1 business problem and Professional Project scope. Prerequisite(s): DB8015. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

3 quarter credits
DB-R8962 *
Management Skills for Capstone Learners

Learners in this course develop skills in the areas of project management, ethical research considerations, change management, interviewing techniques, and professional report writing. Learners also apply these skills in their capstone project and professional growth. For DBA learners only. Prerequisite(s): DB8066, DB-R8960. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
DB8008 *
Becoming a Business Researcher

Learners in this course explore the role of the researcher, the purpose for applied business research, and its benefits to the business community. Learners are introduced to the methods and ethical and business responsibilities of engaging in applied business research. Learners also examine the process of translating business problems, opportunities, or challenges into researchable projects that result in practical solutions grounded in scholarly thinking. For DBA learners only. Prerequisite(s): DB8002. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
DB8015 *
Applied Business Research Projects

This course provides a guided development of a literature review for a capstone project proposal. Learners develop a literature review of the specialization topical area through evaluation of the associated major threads or streams of current research. The course also prepares learners for discussion of an appropriate topic during Residency Track 1.  For DBA learners only. Prerequisite(s): DB8008. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
Leading Processes, Technology and People

This course presents learners with a knowledge base and best practices around leadership and its successful execution. Learners study approaches to process, technological, and people leadership. Learners also focus on leadership competencies for planning and sustaining change management strategies.

6 quarter credits
Supply Chain Management in a Global Environment

In this course, learners evaluate global supply chain design and strategies for effective alignment with organization business models, trade agreements, vulnerability, risk, resilience, and sustainability. Learners examine integrated global supply chain systems, including logistics, quality, technology, and access to customers. Learners also evaluate cross-cultural practices, ethical behavior, negotiations, communications, and compliance in global and local environments as they impact supply chain management.

6 quarter credits
Financial Decision Making

This course presents the ways financial theory and practice can be applied to increase the quality of organizational financial decision-making. Learners focus on financial theory, tools, and techniques and how they are used to advance the ethical development and performance of the firm. Learners also analyze internal and external data in support of evidence-based decision-making and strategic design.

6 quarter credits
DB8066 *
Fundamentals of Quantitative and Qualitative Research

In this course, learners evaluate the fundamental concepts needed to conduct doctoral level research. Learners develop skills related to quantitative research techniques including understanding variables and relationships, evaluating the reliability and validity of quantitative instruments, and choosing appropriate statistical techniques. Learners also examine qualitative techniques such as creating, setting up, and conducting an expert review of interview questions. Prerequisite(s): DB-R8960.

6 quarter credits
Marketing in a Connected World

In this course, learners examine how marketing helps organizations match products and services with the needs, wants, and desires of its customers and prospects. Learners take a global perspective to designing marketing programs which create and add value to customer-client relationships. Learners develop skills to succeed in a digitally connected global economy and examine theories and concepts in consumer science, relationship marketing, services marketing, digital and social media marketing, innovation, and strategic marketing. To connect theory to practice, learners review cases and study the evolution of the marketing mix and its relevance in a digitally driven global economy.

6 quarter credits

Specialization courses:

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
DBA Mentor Courseroom

This course provides a milestone framework to assist learners in developing and completing a DBA study. In the course, mentors guide learners through discussion, feedback, and use of supporting resources as the learners progress toward completion of their study. For DBA learners only. Grading for this course is S/NS. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.


Upon completion of all required core and specialization coursework, learners must register for DB9971 a minimum three times to fulfill their program requirements.

DB9971 *
Doctoral Capstone

This course provides learners with resources, guidance, and support as they fulfill the required milestones toward completion of a doctoral capstone. Learners apply scholarly research within a particular professional context to advance their knowledge in the science and practice of the profession and solve organization, institutional, or community concerns. Department consent is required for registration. Grading for this course is S/ NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of three times to fulfill their specialization requirements. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required and elective coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits each






82 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

† Learners are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses associated with this course.

Doctoral Applied Business Research Project

Students will participate in a doctoral applied business research project. This project is designed to showcase your ability to perform research that is tied directly to an organization and leverage real world problems to develop solutions. You can show the knowledge and skills you’ve gained in this project as you go forward in your career.

Residency Requirements

To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you are required to complete two residencies.

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What Can I Expect?

Most students take one to two courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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