Doctor of Business Administration

Become a leader in your chosen business field.

This program is designed for experienced professionals seeking to advance in their careers as senior business managers, consultants, researchers, or faculty. Develop and apply research to address practical issues in your area of business interest such as strategy, information management, marketing, finance, accounting, or operations.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

Each doctoral program and specialization is designed around expected learning outcomes (see Expected Program Outcomes below). End of program performance is determined during the comprehensive exam and dissertation process. Because the work is unique to each learner's dissertation or research topic and the criteria for evaluation are aligned to that work, we do not collect data on proficiency levels for doctoral programs.

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) specializations

  • Accounting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Finance
  • Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Strategy and Innovation

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • The Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) has accredited Capella University business programs and specializations. Full accreditation statement including list of programs and specializations is available.
  • This professional doctorate is designed for business executives and consultants who want a doctoral credential with an applied dissertation project that will enable them to make a practical contribution to their organization.

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Integrate and apply theory and scholarly research to develop innovative approaches to business problems in global and diverse environments.
  2. Apply and communicate strategic approaches to business practice and planning.
  3. Develop and apply critical thinking to business problems and opportunities.
  4. Integrate internal and external data with analytical techniques to support evidence-based decision making.
  5. Integrate ethical concepts and integrity into sustainable business models.
  6. Develop expertise within and across functional and cross-functional disciplines.
  7. Apply collaborative techniques to develop relationships, partnerships, and alliances.

Doctoral Business Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Business doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Satisfaction with Capella Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Doctoral Business Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Business doctoral programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella Business & Technology Doctoral Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.


Improvement in Skills & Abilities Business & Technology Doctoral Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2013 and June 2014. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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Learn more about these values and how they are calculated»

See Gainful Employment data for this program's specializations

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