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Self-Designed Business Administration Specialization Master of Business Administration

School of Business and Technology

Personalize Your MBA

With our online self-designed MBA degree, you have the freedom to choose courses that build the skills to help you take control of your career. Master traditional business disciplines such as accounting, finance, marketing, operations, strategy, and data storytelling, and tailor your elective courses to fit your professional  goals. Choose from any eligible Capella graduate-level course, including IT, project management, psychology, health care, and more.

What to Expect

  • Online
  • FlexPath Available
  • 7 Core Courses
  • 3 Elective Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start August 6th

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 (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What You’ll Learn

Master Core Disciplines

Gain a deeper understanding of business systems, processes, and technology within and across core disciplines.

Embrace Collaboration

Find ways to integrate information from across disciplines and from differing perspectives within an organization.

Make Evidence-Based Decisions

Think critically and analytically to provide evidence-based solutions to business challenges and opportunities.


Lead with Insight

Apply innovative, strategic, and sustainable approaches to the way you lead in your organization.

Harness the Power of Diversity

Embrace new ways to lead and collaborate in virtual, global, and culturally diverse environments.

Communicate Effectively

Communicate clearly and effectively with colleagues, business leaders, and stakeholders.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Data Storytelling Infused in MBA

Analytics is woven throughout your program to help you cultivate a deeper understanding of how to use data to shape organizational decisions.

Personalized Leadership Coaching

You’ll receive a leadership assessment and personalized coaching from a trusted expert to help you build on your management skills.

Develop an ePortfolio

Leverage a series of Portfolio Work Projects to demonstrate your strategic acumen to current and future employers.

Cost & Learning Formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100 percent competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz

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
$796 per credit, 45 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time) per 12-week billing session
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$2,650 per 12-week billing session, 23 total program points, 6 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs.

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. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Master of Business Administration Self Designed Degree Online - Capella University

Ask our Alumni

Have questions about our programs and what actual alumni have done with their degree? Ask our alumni about their experiences, and see if Capella is a fit for you.


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 online MBA in Business Administration is designed to prepare you to excel in a competitive business environment by giving you a solid foundation in business combined with a variety of leadership skills.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
MBA5002 MBA Leadership
MBA5006* Business Strategy
MBA5008 Applied Business Analytics
MBA5010 Accounting Methods for Leaders
MBA5012* Marketing Management
MBA5014* Applied Managerial Finance
MBA5016* Operations Management for Leaders

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.  

Financial Aid Counselors

First they listen. Then they act—for you. Running the numbers, exploring ways to save, and making the financing of your education simpler.


Powerful databases and resources relevant to your field—and dedicated, experienced librarians to help you do the research. 

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Relevant Blog Posts

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Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our MBA, Self-Designed degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Account manager
  • Business analyst
  • C level officer (CEO, CFO, CLO, COO)
  • Director of finance
  • Director of marketing
  • Human resources manager/director
  • Marketing manager
  • Product marketing manager
  • Project manager
  • Senior financial analyst
  • Sales manager/director
  • Vice president of operations

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Bank
  • College or university
  • Community or technical college
  • Consulting firm
  • Financial services organization
  • Health care organization
  • Insurance agency
  • Manufacturing organization
  • Software publisher

*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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Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals. 

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.