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Leadership Specialization Doctor of Business Administration

School of Business and Technology

Overview

Capella University's online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Leadership program advances your ability to lead organizations. This program 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.

The program also provides the opportunity to participate in Capella's international experience. This optional trip is designed to provide multinational networking opportunities, increased cultural literacy, and a global perspective.

Enjoy greater freedom and more control with Capella’s online learning experience. Through interactive learning activities, you’ll experience real-world health care scenarios, giving you relevant skills and knowledge you can immediately apply to your career. 

Residency Requirements

In addition to your online courses, you will attend three four-day residencies (DB-R8921, DB-R8922, DB-R8923) at specific stages in your program. These energizing residencies provide you with insights and knowledge that will be valuable during your DBA studies and beyond.

Degree Outcomes

With your DBA in Leadership from Capella, you'll have the skills to evaluate the historical and theoretical bases of leadership, analyze leadership in an introspective way, and integrate multiple ways of thinking including creative thinking, reflective thinking, statistical thinking, critical thinking, and systems thinking, to inform leaders' decision making. Additionally, you'll be able to synthesize multi-disciplinary scholarly literature and emerging trends and exhibit proficiency in academic research, writing, and critical-thinking skills.

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online DBA in leadership include consultant, vice president/director of leadership development, director of talent management, CEO, COO, CLO, president, director or faculty member. Potential workplaces include: corporation, consulting firm, community college, land-based or online university, government agency or nonprofit organization.

Detailed Program Information

Get all the details about cost, courses, requirements, and more.

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Classes Start October 9th

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. 

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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 online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set 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.

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. 

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Prior Learning Assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process.

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Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

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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 holds 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.

Dissertation Mentors

During your dissertation, you’ll be matched with an experienced mentor who will help you to succeed. 

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.