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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.

Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Business (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)
Contemporary Issues Impacting Organizational Success* (6 quarter credits)
Marketing in a Connected World* (6 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

16 course quarter credits.

Advanced Concepts of Project Management Methodologies* (4 quarter credits)
Projects as Complex Adaptive Systems* (4 quarter credits)
Advanced Risk Management Systems and Research* (4 quarter credits)
Dynamics of Program and Portfolio Management* (4 quarter credits)


6 course quarter credits.

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

Dissertation Courses

12 course quarter credits.

Taken concurrently with required coursework:

DBA Mentor Courseroom*

Upon completion of all required coursework, learners must register for DB9921 a minimum of two times to fulfill their program requirements. 


Dissertation with Project Mentoring* (6 quarter credits)

*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.

‡ Learners must register for DB9940 each quarter. Learners who receive an “NS” (Not Satisfactory) grade in DB9940 are required to register for DB9940 concurrently with DB9950, in their next quarter of registration. Learners are not able to register in any course other than DB9940 while registered in DB9950. Learners must complete these two courses concurrently, prior to progressing to the next sequenced course in the program.

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

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Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing additional credits for your own education, 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 that the credits you earn now may be applicable to a Capella degree program.

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.