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Leadership Specialization Doctor of Business Administration

School of Business and Technology

Become an Expert in Business Leadership

Enhance your administration qualities, develop multiple business views, and build relationships while earning your Capella University online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Leadership degree. Use expertise you gained in strategic planning, supervision, creative management, and statistical approaches to match trends in leadership. You can also focus on advancing the theory or practice of leadership to meet challenges of global business environments.

At a Glance

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

Classes Start April 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.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

DBA Leadership Program Highlights

Put Your Research to Work

Showcase your applied business solutions for challenges and opportunities facing today’s industries.

Research Mentor

For your doctoral business research project, you’ll be paired with a mentor to help grow your knowledge.

Flat Quarterly Tuition Rate

Your $4,800 flat quarterly tuition rate includes the cost of courses and required residencies.*

Transfer up to 12 Credits

You may be able to save time and money by transferring credits from regionally accredited or internationally recognized institutions.

Develop Expertise at Residencies

Two energizing residencies provide knowledge and skills that will be valuable during your DBA studies and beyond.

Stay On Track With Milestones

We’ll help you organize your work into five manageable segments, helping you stay on track with your goals.

*Quoted price does not include $175/quarter Resource Kit fee. Quoted cost includes residency tuition, but not travel costs, meals, and lodging.

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.

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. 

$4,800 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.

Reduce Your Tuition with $10K

Enroll in your doctorate degree, apply for the scholarship, meet eligibility requirements, and receive up to $10K.

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.

Doctorate in Leadership Sample Courses

Our DBA in Leadership features a comprehensive core curriculum of leadership, research, strategy, technology, and ethics, plus intensive coursework designed to help you develop skills in systems, critical, creative, reflective, and statistical thinking.

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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
BMGT8610 *
Leadership Theory and Practice in a Global Environment

Learners in this course evaluate leadership theories and practices in diverse cultures from a historical and theoretical basis using a multi-disciplinary lens. Learners also develop expanded leadership perspectives and practices, enabling them to assure the viability of their organizations in a dynamic global business environment. Prerequisite(s): PhD in Business Management learners must have completed or be concurrently registered in WRIT7086. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8612 *
Leadership as Personal Practice

Learners in this course focus on analyzing scholarly literature and emerging research trends in relational leadership. The course also emphasizes theories and models of leadership, which support a shift from hierarchical leadership to inclusive and collaborative leadership. Finally, learners assess personal barriers and facilitators to inclusionary leadership and apply theories and models to personal practice. Prerequisite(s): WRIT7086. DBA learners who start on or after January 1, 2018, must have completed BMGT8110. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8614 *
Leading the Organizational System

In this course, learners explore leadership practice in complex and dynamic environments. Learners use systems thinking and organizational theory to analyze leadership practice within the framework of organizational systems and evaluate the role of systems thinking in organizations to develop innovation in complex environments. Finally, learners apply these concepts to leadership practice. Prerequisite(s): DBA learners must have completed BMGT8610, BMGT8612. PhD in Business Management learners must have completed WRIT7086. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8616 *
Leading Dynamic Systems with Multi-Dimensional Thinking

Learners in this course synthesize multiple ways of thinking to support effective leadership decision making. By integrating critical, creative, reflective, systems, and statistical thinking, learners develop leadership qualities that allow them to apply their insights to current models and perspectives in order to envision a future with improved organizational patterns and outcomes. Prerequisite(s): DBA learners must have completed BMGT8610, BMGT8612. PhD in Business Management learners must have completed WRIT7086. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

What You’ll Learn

Earning your DBA can help prepare you to lead in a dynamic field as you explore these and other critical areas of focus.

  • Evaluate historical and theoretical bases for leadership.
  • Develop perspectives for organizational possibilities in an active global environment.
  • Develop a leadership style that emphasizes connections with others in the organization and the broader community.
  • Study the influence of functional and living systems on organizational transformation.

  • See how creative, reflective, statistical, critical, and system thinking impact decision-making.
  • Merge scholarly information and emerging trends into the practice of leadership.
  • Exhibit proficiency in academic research, writing, and critical-thinking skills.

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 up for success.

Faculty

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.

Leadership Insights

PhD in Business Management vs. DBA

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What Can You Do with a DBA? Two Case Studies

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DBA Leadership Professional Paths

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

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Administrator/director
  • Chief executive officer
  • Consultant
  • Executive-level management
  • Vice president/director of leadership development
  • Vice president/director of talent management

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
  • Public and private education
  • Retail

*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.

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