Strategy & Innovation DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

Doctor of Business Administration

Be a Leader in Strategy and Innovation

Prepare to drive innovation and strategic results with Capella’s online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Strategy and Innovation degree. Explore evidence-based practices for analyzing global trends, leveraging competitive information, seeking innovation opportunities, and developing future-oriented product strategies. Learn to identify risks and opportunities, and implement change. You’ll also gain the skills to implement change and influence organizational innovation, sustainability, and adaptation.

At a Glance

  • Online & in-person
  • 8 Core courses
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • 1 Doctoral research project
  • 2 Residencies

Reduce your tuition by $20,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $20K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree.

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Classes Start October 12th

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.

We’ve decided to waive all application fees until further notice.

What you’ll learn

Information Driven

Assess the information needs for effective strategy and innovation and identify, access, and collaborate on the appropriate sources for that information.

Integrate Data

Integrate data needed to support evidence-based strategy and innovation.

Incorporate Research

Analyze information gathered for strategy and innovation, using the appropriate research techniques.

Consider the Ethics

Demonstrate ethical, effective, and sustainable approaches to strategy and innovation.

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.

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.

$4,850 quarterly tuition maximum

Maximize your courseload—take 7 or more credits per quarter and pay just $4,850.*

*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. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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
$750 per credit $4,850 Quarterly Tuition Max, 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. 

$20K toward your doctorate

Apply for a $20K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help you fund your doctoral degree.

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

Sample courses

Our DBA in Strategy and Innovation curriculum emphasizes evidence-based practices for analyzing global trends, leveraging competitive information, seeking innovation opportunities, developing future-oriented product strategies, and learning to lead and influence from any level in your organization.

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Foresight: Anticipating the Future

Learners in this course study the ways organizations proactively anticipate and plan for future growth opportunities. Learners examine the scanning tools and technologies organizations use to develop meaningful information about the future environment; models for understanding and analyzing global trends; and new lenses for scanning, synthesizing, and analyzing strategic and competitive data. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Identifying Opportunities for Innovation

In this course, learners examine the methods and collaborative processes organizations use to identify opportunities for innovation, including scenario planning and future visualization techniques. Learners also explore ways to identify risk, develop contingency plans in light of disruptive change, and communicate and disseminate those risks and plans.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Competing with Disruptive Innovation

This course presents the disruptive innovation strategies organizations use to lead the competition. Learners examine ways to reinvent industry competition and move beyond the concept of competitive strategy to developing breakthrough strategies and value innovation. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Building an Innovation Strategy

In this course, learners examine the ways organizations build innovation strategies to enhance organizational sustainability and adaptation. Learners analyze the organizational elements that support a culture of innovation and change and the development of ideageneration systems, flexible processes, governance structures, and evaluation metrics.  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 experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


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.

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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 strategy and innovation.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Director of strategy and operations
  • Chief executive officer (CEO)
  • Vice president
  • Director
  • Business consultant
  • Director of strategy
  • Adjunct or part-time business faculty**
  • Full-time business faculty**
  • Chief innovation officer
  • Consultant

Employment settings to explore

  • Corporation
  • Consulting firm
  • Non-governmental organization
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Government–local, state, federal
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Manufacturing
  • Health care organization
  • Retail
  • Insurance firm
  • Small business

*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.

**Educational and professional requirements for faculty positions vary widely by employer. Understanding your target employers’ particular requirements is key in deciding on a doctoral program.

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