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Leadership Specialization Doctor of Business Administration

School of Business and Technology

Become an Expert in Leadership

Enhance your leadership qualities, develop multiple perspectives, and build productive relationships with Capella University’s online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Leadership degree. You’ll cultivate your skills in systems thinking, critical thinking, creative thinking, reflective thinking, and statistical thinking, while addressing emerging trends in leadership. You’ll also focus on advancing the theory or practice of leadership to meet challenges and impact dynamic global business environments.

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

See the Bigger Picture

Evaluate the historical and theoretical bases of leadership through a multidisciplinary lens to develop leadership perspectives which ensure the viability of the organization in a dynamic global environment.

Use the Right Techniques

Analyze leadership in an introspective way, developing and integrating a personal view of leadership with an emphasis on connections to others in the organization and the broader community.

Think Critically

Evaluate the influence of mechanistic and living systems worldviews on a leader’s perspective of the organization and strategic organizational transformation.

Leverage Data Solutions

Integrate multiple ways of thinking including creative thinking, reflective thinking, statistical thinking, critical thinking, and systems thinking, to inform leaders’ decision making.

Keep Up with Trends

Synthesize multi-disciplinary scholarly literature and emerging trends in leadership practice toward advancing the theory or practice of leadership.

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 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. 

  • 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 Leadership Online Doctoral Degree Program - Capella University

Ask our Alumni

Have questions about our programs and what actual alumni have done with their degree? Ask our alumni about their experiences, and see if Capella is a fit for you.

 

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

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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Description
DB8008 Becoming a Business Researcher
BMGT8610 Leadership Theory and Practice in a Global Environment
BMGT8612 Leadership as Personal Practice
BMGT8614 Leading the Organizational System
BMGT8616 Leading Dynamic Systems with Multi-Dimensional Thinking

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.

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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 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 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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