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DBA in Organizational Leadership and Development
Doctor of Business Administration

Create your own leadership style when you earn your Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and specialize in Organizational Leadership and Development. You’ll cultivate skills to inspire, motivate and mobilize your workplace, and gain the knowledge you need transform your organization.

In this specialization, you’ll analyze scholarly and practitioner literature and emerging trends in the leadership and human resources fields. You’ll also design projects that improve organizational effectiveness and study current topics, including leadership theory and practices, high-performance leadership and positive change models.

Industry-inspired curriculum

The Doctor of Business Administration curriculum is based on input and advice from industry leaders and in consultation with the Capella School of Business, Technology, and Health Administration Advisory Board.

Integrated capstone

You’ll begin your capstone early in the program with the guidance of faculty mentors, building real-world knowledge you can apply in today’s business and management settings.

Support along the way

Start and advance through your doctoral journey with support from faculty and academic coaches.

Classes start September 12

Use the code SUMMER to waive the $50 application fee.

At a glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath available
  • 8 Core courses
  • 5 Specialization courses
  • Capstone
  • 24 Max transfer credits

With Capella Tuition Cap, you won't pay more than $45,000* in tuition costs for your degree.

*Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with a DBA in Organizational Leadership and Development degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion, or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with a Doctor of Business Administration in Organizational Leadership and Development.

Related job titles to explore

  • Account manager
  • Consultant
  • Director
  • Strategy manager
  • Vice president
  • Adjunct, part-time, full-time business faculty

Employment settings to explore

  • Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services
  • Banks or financial firms 
  • Community or technical colleges 
  • Data processing, hosting and related services
  • Insurance carriers
  • Land-based or online colleges or universities 
  • Manufacturing
  • Research and development services

Articles and resources

Expand your perspective on academic and career topics with articles and resources from Capella University.

DBA as a Springboard for Future Success

Doctor of Business Administration program participants help advance their careers with terminal degrees.

How is a DBA different from a PhD in Business Management?

A DBA is a practitioner-based degree that utilizes existing knowledge to develop hands-on, practical solutions to problems in the workplace.

DBA program guide

Get details on the Doctor of Business Administration program at Capella University, learning formats, financing options, and more, all in one place.