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Total program credits needed for graduation: 82

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 877.295.6775, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Core Courses

48 course quarter credits.

Strategic Thinking and Innovation* (6 quarter credits)
Leadership with Integrated Coaching* (6 quarter credits)
Research Foundations* (6 quarter credits)
Global Operations†*  (6 quarter credits)
Financial Decision Making* (6 quarter credits)
Research Design and Methodology* (6 quarter credits)
Exploring Opportunities for Social Responsibility and Sustainability* (6 quarter credits)
Market Innovation* (6 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

16 course quarter credits.

Leadership Theory and Practice in a Global Environment * (4 quarter credits)
Leadership as Personal Practice* (4 quarter credits)
Leading the Organizational System* (4 quarter credits)
Leading Dynamic Systems with Multi-Dimensional Thinking (4 quarter credits)


6 course quarter credits.

DBA Research Residential Colloquium 1†* (2 quarter credits)
DBA Research Residential Colloquium 2†* (2 quarter credits)
DBA Research Residential Colloquium 3†* (2 quarter credits)

Dissertation Courses

12 course quarter credits.

Taken concurrently with required course work:

DBA Mentor Courseroom*

Upon completion of all required course work:

Dissertation with Project Mentoring 1* (6 quarter credits)
Dissertation with Project Mentoring 2* (6 quarter credits)

"This international program has been phenomenal! I can't imagine not being here. I travel internationally quite a bit, but being able to sit next to top-level executives of global companies to discuss their operations, supply chain and business strategies is incredible. It validates everything we are learning in our courserooms and gives us an opportunity and experience that should not be missed."
– Gladys Ekisola, May 2011

*Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the course descriptions for further details. Learners must register for DB9940 a minimum of eight times to fulfill their program requirements.

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

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

International Experience

Capella's international experience is an optional, but invaluable, part of your curriculum and is strongly encouraged to help you gain a better understanding of global operations and supply chain management from an international perspective. The 2014 trip occurred in November and the destination was Santiago, Chile

During this one-week trip, you will focus on global operations and explore relevant aspects of another culture. You will also have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in dialogue with business and government leaders in another country
  • Interact with senior level executives at some of the world's leading companies
  • Build deeper relationships with peers and network with leaders from multiple industries
  • Gain first-hand experience in the many ways culture impacts the challenges and complexities of global business operations

Participants are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodations, food and other associated expenses.

Call 877.295.6775 to speak with a Capella Counselor to learn more about our international experience.

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day residencies (DB-R8921, DB-R8922, DB-R8923).

What Can I Expect?

In this program, you receive a prescribed course sequence, built-in dissertation milestones, and supportive mentoring that create a clear path toward completing the program in 3 years.

This program also includes dissertation mentor courseroom. This non-credit course provides a forum for you to interact with a mentor on specific topics related to your dissertation.

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.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

Sign Up for a Free One-Week Mini Course

Learn more about our online learning experience with a free one-week Mini Course.

Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 877.295.6775, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.