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Capella University | MBA (Self-Designed)

Capella University's Master of Business Administration (MBA) Self-Designed program offers students a flexible path toward obtaining an advanced business degree; students have the opportunity to take courses beyond business studies. Find out more about this online MBA here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Self-Designed

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Aspiring students of this MBA program might have an academic and/or professional background in business or management. It is helpful to possess strong organizational, leadership, and communication skills for this program. Applicants to Capella University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) Self-Designed program at Capella University address managerial concepts and practices in various areas of business while providing students with the chance to take courses suitable to their professional goals and personal interests. In required courses, students could expect to learn about leadership skills for effective leaders, data analytics techniques, managerial accounting methods, marketing theories and practices, financial evaluation and reporting processes, and business operations models and the role of operations in product or service development. Students choose additional courses from any area of study. The program culminates in a capstone course, wherein students apply what they have learned throughout their studies to the completion of comprehensive business project.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

45 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Self-Designed:

Of the 45 credits needed to earn this MBA, 33 are taken in required courses. The remaining 12 credits are taken in electives that can be chosen from any discipline. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses (33 credits)

  • MBA Leadership
  • Business Strategy
  • Applied Business Analytics
  • Accounting Methods for Leaders
  • Marketing Management
  • Applied Managerial Finance
  • Operations Management for Leaders
  • MBA Capstone Experience

Elective Courses (12 credits)

  • Students choose three graduate-level courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

While the MBA Self-Designed program could help students prepare for senior management or executive positions in business settings, those who wish to pursue a career in academics might enter a doctoral degree program. A doctorate could be required for some teaching or administrative positions in public or private colleges or universities.

Doctoral degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • PhD in Business Management - Leadership
  • PhD in Business Management - General Business Management

Career Paths:

Possessing this MBA degree could qualify graduates for various leadership positions in large or small corporations, consulting firms, or educational institutions. They might be responsible for overseeing areas of marketing, finance, HR, or operations. Their duties might include developing business strategies, creating budgets, designing marketing campaigns, hiring and training staff, analyzing business data, or implementing management systems.

Careers that graduates might be prepared for include:

  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief financial officer
  • Chief operating officer
  • Human resources manager
  • Director of marketing

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