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Project Management Specialization Doctor of Business Administration

School of Business and Technology

Become a Leader in Project Management

Advance your knowledge and expertise in project management with Capella’s online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Project Management degree. In this program, you’ll explore current and emerging methodologies, risk-management techniques, contemporary leadership theories and practices, and complexity theories for improving project and program results. You’ll also investigate and acquire the knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to research improvement practices, and effectively lead projects and programs in a variety of settings.

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)

What You’ll Learn

Incorporate Multiple Disciplines

Synthesize multidisciplinary theories that inform and shape theory and practice of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing the project.

Put Ethics Into Practice

Apply ethical leadership strategies to integrate best practices and tools in the field of project management.

Contribute to the Practice

Synthesize project management research and practice leading to the development of new knowledge or improved practices.

Hone Your Skills

Exhibit proficiency in communication, research, writing, and critical-thinking skills applicable to professional and academic endeavors.

See the Bigger Picture

Evaluate functional and cross-functional management approaches appropriate for project, program, and portfolios ranging from operational to strategic, small to complex, and local to global.

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.

DBA in Project Management 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 $4,800 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; 1-2 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
$4,800 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.

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. 

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.

Accredited & Recognized

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

Doctorate in Project Management Sample Courses

Our DBA in Project Management curriculum includes topics on advanced project and program management methodologies, risk management, portfolio optimization, and leadership.

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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
BMGT8430 *
Advanced Concepts of Project Management Methodologies

In this course, learners research literature to identify best practices and evaluate appropriate methodologies leading to successful outcomes for projects and programs ranging from simple to complex. The course emphasizes appropriate methods, tools, and techniques for the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Initiating and Planning processes based on organizational environments, cultural diversity, and global influences. Learners also evaluate expected project outcomes to assure alignment with strategic goals and objectives. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8006, BMGT8030, completion of or concurrent registration in WRIT7086. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8432 *
Projects as Complex Adaptive Systems

Learners in this course examine both seminal and current literature, such as complexity theory, to evaluate the successes and failures of projects and programs in complex and ambiguous environments. This course emphasizes Executing, Monitoring, and Controlling projects and programs based on multidisciplinary theories and applications as defined by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Learners develop their professional, consultative, and leadership skills for successful project and program outcomes. Prerequisite(s): WRIT7086. DBA learners who start on or after January 1, 2018, must have completed BMGT8430. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8434 *
Advanced Risk Management Systems and Research

In this course, learners evaluate and synthesize the use of multidisciplinary theories based on the research and practice of project and program risk management. Learners explore emerging trends, concepts, and methods of project and program risk management systems and research. Topics include evaluating integrated approaches to identifying, analyzing, mitigating, and managing project risks, and identifying strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in project risk management research. Prerequisite(s): DBA and DIT learners must have completed BMGT8430, BMGT8432. PhD in Business Management and PhD in Information Technology learners must have completed WRIT7086. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8436 *
Dynamics of Program and Portfolio Management

Learners in this course examine emerging trends, concepts, and methods for evaluating and applying program integration and portfolio management techniques and methods used to optimize their overall value. Topics include ethical approaches to program and portfolio management in alignment with business strategic goals and objectives within a global context. Prerequisite(s): DBA and DIT learners must have completed BMGT8430, BMGT8432. PhD in Business Management and PhD in Information Technology learners must have completed WRIT7086. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

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 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.

Project Management Career Insights

Career Paths in Project Management

Explore career options at three levels—entry level, mid-level, and executive level— in business-specific project management.

PhD in Business Management vs. DBA

Two doctoral programs focused on business. What are the differences, and which one is right for you?

5 Soft Skills for Every Project Manager

Five soft skills project managers need to be competitive in the field.

DBA Project Management Professional Paths

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

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Consultant
  • Director of program office
  • Director of project management
  • Full-time faculty
  • Program director
  • Program manager
  • Senior project manager
  • Vice president of project management

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Community college
  • Consulting firm
  • Corporation
  • Defense contractor
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Health care organization
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofit organization
  • 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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