Capella University offers a Doctor of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Accounting. The program is offered through the university's School of Business and Technology. The 82-credit degree program is offered in a hybrid format, with primarily online coursework and two required residencies. It is also structured with a set schedule and deadlines. Core DBA courses include Contemporary Issues Impacting Organizational Success; Financial Decision Making; Leading Processes, Technology and People; and Marketing in a Connected World. Specialized courses include Accounting in the Global Era, Financial Reporting, and Forensic Accounting. Each student is assigned a research mentor to guide them through their culminating applied research project. Students must also culminate the program by completing a comprehensive exam.
Established in 1993, Capella is a for-profit, online, proprietary university. It was co-founded by Stephen Shank, former CEO of toy truck company Tonka. As of 2017, 47 percent of Capella students were enrolled in master's programs. The average student age is reported to be 39 years old, with students ranging in age from 19 to 84.