Master of Business Administration General Business Administration Specialization

Develop the expertise you need to advance your management career.

Build critical business skills and gain the credentials you need to advance your career with this General MBA specialization. This specialization is designed to provide a thorough study of core business functions, paired with professional effectiveness course work that emphasizes best practices for leading and managing others in such skill areas as change management, team building, and employee development. People who choose this specialization are often pursuing management, director-level, or consulting positions in a wide variety of corporate settings. This program can be completed in two years.

Outcome goals and graduates’ proficiency levels

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for this program. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course—the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they’ve learned.

2012 Demonstration of Program Outcomes MS in School Counseling

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Demonstrate ethical and legal principals and an understanding of the organizational and societal implications of ethical behavior.
Demonstrate an understanding of financial management in theory and application for decision making
Demonstrate how organizations create value through the integration of production and distribution of goods, services, and information.
Demonstrate professional effectiveness through leadership and collaboration and be able to apply within practical settings.
Understand and apply the various economic theories, strategies, and practices for domestic and global enviroments.
Demonstrates effective professional and interactional communication skills.
Understand statistical data analysis and management science as they support decision-making processes throughout an organization.
Demonstrates the ability to identify, select, justify, and apply strategic management techniques(technologies) to organizations.
Demonstrate the social competence necessary to effectively interact with multiple cultures, ethical systems, and economic enviroments.
Understand how IT influences structure and processes of organizations and economies and roles and techniques of management.


Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Agregated outcome assessment results from 2012 capstone courses



Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella's MBA faculty members are also business professionals—bringing a balance of academic expertise and professional experience to the fields in which they teach.
  • Capella's MS, MBA, and BS project management curriculum is designed around A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
  • Capella has developed educational alliances with more than 175 corporations, including leading organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, U.S. Bank, and Farmers Insurance Group.
  • The Human Resource Management MBA specialization has gained acknowledgement from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM®) that the curriculum aligns with SHRM's® HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.
  • The Project Management MBA specialization includes courses that are approved for professional development units (PDUs) by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

School of Business and Technology Master of Business Administration Graduates

Data from graduates across all MBA specializations have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Our School of Business and Technology MBA graduates report satisfaction with tasks and responsibilities and salary and benefits. The majority of graduates work in higher education, healthcare, or manufacturing.

Satisfaction with Capella Business & Technology Doctoral Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

Many MBA graduates from the School of Business and Technology report advancing in their careers and receiving a salary increase, leadership role or promotion. They also say their Capella degrees garner recognition from employers.

Improvements in Skills & Abilities Business & Technology Master's Guide

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 2012 – Q1 2013

School of Business and Technology Master of Business Administration Graduates

Data from graduates across all MBA specializations have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Most graduates of the School of Business and Technology MBA program report that earning an MBA has helped them meet program and career goals. They are likely to recommend Capella to friends and family.

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 2012 – Q1 2013.

Business & Technology MBA graduates say that they gained valuable skills and abilities which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvements in Skills & Abilities Business & Technology Master's Guide

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" 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 2012 – Q1 2013.

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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 (DOE) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2012 and June 2013. 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 DOE 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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