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Strategy and Innovation Specialization Doctor of Business Administration

School of Business and Technology

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

Classes Start October 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

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.

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; 1-3 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
$4,800 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. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren't need-based and never have to be repaid.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

10% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

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 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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
DB8008 Becoming a Business Researcher
BMGT8130 Foresight: Anticipating the Future
BMGT8132 Identifying Opportunities for Innovation
BMGT8134 Competing with Disruptive Innovation
BMGT8136 Building an Innovation Strategy

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.

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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*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Business consultant
  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief innovation officer
  • Consultant
  • Director
  • Director of strategy
  • Director of strategy and operations
  • Full-time faculty
  • President
  • Vice president

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
  • Retail
  • 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.

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