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Doctor of Business Administration Program

School of Business & Technology

Drive change in business administration and impact your area of focus with an online DBA from Capella.

Lead at the Highest Level of Business

The Capella University Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program will help you find your niche in businesses and management. With a doctoral degree, you can help provide meaningful contributions and experiences as a leader, consultant, or counselor. The heart of the DBA is applied research, a methodology used to solve a specific, practical problem of an individual or group. The study and research can be used in industries like business, medicine, and education to help solve real-world problems.

DBA Program Features

Put Your Doctoral Research to Work

Showcase your ability to develop solutions through the completion of a doctoral applied business research project.

Work With a Research Mentor

For your culminating doctoral business research project, you’ll be paired with an experienced mentor to help grow your knowledge.

Flat Quarterly Tuition Rate

Your $4,850 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.

Reduce Your Tuition by $10,000

Enroll in a qualified program, apply for a $10K scholarship, and meet the eligibility requirements.

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The Capella Difference

You have career aspirations; we have programs to help you meet them. A Capella online DBA can put you on a direct path to meet your goals.

Leverage Experience

Gain real-life practice through completion of a doctoral business research project, providing a portfolio of your skills.

Flexible Design

Your course sequence allows flexibility to structure your program to accommodate your needs.

Transfer up to 12 Credits

You may be able to save time and money by transferring credits from regionally accredited or internationally recognized institutions.

Develop Expertise at Residencies

Two energizing residencies provide knowledge and skills that will be valuable during your DBA studies and beyond.

Comprehensive Support

Advisors, faculty, and mentors will be available to guide and assist your progress through the program.

Stay on Track with Milestones

We’ll help you organize your work into five manageable segments, helping you stay on track with your goals.

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 Specializations

Learn more about admissions requirements, costs, and courses for your specialization.

We believe in being transparent about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree. Learn more about Capella’s learning outcomes and gainful employment.

To meet an ACBSP requirement, graduation data and performance analyses are 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

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