Successful leaders in today’s IT industry possess more than just the technical skills necessary to comprehend evolving technology.

They also must have an essential understanding of how organizational structure and operational functions can impact growth and success.

In Walden’s online Doctor of Information Technology (D.I.T.) program, you will gain advanced knowledge in the field of information technology and acquire the strategic leadership skills needed to guide organizations through critical IT-related challenges.

You’ll be equipped with the tools you need to change your world—and the world of those around you.

This program prepares students for key IT and leadership positions within organizations and consulting firms as well as roles in academia.* Through problem-based learning simulators, research seminars, residencies, and other learning opportunities, you will analyze relevant IT scenarios to develop solutions you can implement in your workplace. By pursuing your doctorate in information technology, you will explore qualitative and quantitative research methods and complete a doctoral study demonstrating your ability to examine, critique, and synthesize knowledge, theory, and experience in an applied IT project.

*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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  •  Meet the Program Director

    Dr. Karlyn Barlovits discusses how D.I.T. provides training for leadership opportunities in IT. Read more.

  • Meet the Associate Dean

    Associate Dean Ward Ulmer

    Associate Dean Ward Ulmer talks about the School of Information Systems and Technology.

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  • Walden’s D.I.T. is one of the first online applied doctoral programs in IT in the United States.*

    *Based on information available as of June 24, 2013.

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  • Tuition and Fees

  • Career Options

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This program is designed for students who have either an undergraduate or master’s degree in a technical field or a master’s degree in a nontechnical field combined with three or more years of relevant IT work experience.

If you have completed a master’s degree in information systems, information technology, computer science, management information systems, computer information systems, and computer/software engineering within the past 10 years, you may also be eligible to transfer up to five courses that can save you time and tuition. Call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 to learn more.

Completion Requirements

  • 64 semester credits
    • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
    • Core courses (21 sem. cr.)
    • Leadership simulator courses (9 sem. cr.)
    • Research sequence (10 sem. cr.)
    • Seminar courses (6 sem. cr.)
    • Doctoral study completion (15 sem. cr.) 
  • 8 days of academic residency (two 4-day residencies)
Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Leadership Simulator Courses

Research Sequence

Seminar Courses

Choose two courses from the list below.

Doctoral Study

You will complete a total of five doctoral study courses.

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Curriculum Component Requirements Cost
Courses 64 total semester credit hours $895 per semester credit hour
Technology Fee per semester $160
4-Day Residency Fee 2 during your program

Residency occuring through May 2, 2014
$1,125 each, plus travel, lodging, and other expenses

Residency held on May 3, 2014 or after:
$1,160 each, plus travel, lodging, and other expenses

 

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Call 1-866-492-5336 for information about a full range of options for:

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment in the computer and information systems management field is expected to grow 18% by 2020. With a Doctor of Information Technology from Walden, you can work in a variety of roles within private and public sectors, consulting firms, and academia. Potential career options may include:

  • Chief information officer
  • Chief technology officer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Information technology consultant
  • Information technology strategist
  • Higher education faculty or administrator
  • Technical manager/director

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012–13 Edition,” on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm (viewed online July 2, 2013). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Considering an IT Career?

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Download Walden’s Guide for Information Systems and Technology Careers. (pdf)

As a Doctor of Information Technology student, you will have the opportunity to gain new skills and expand your industry expertise through a program that features:

  • IT Leadership Simulators—Delve into problem-based learning scenarios to examine relevant IT challenges that you may encounter as a leader and create proactive and reactive plans to overcome them.
  • Seminar Courses—Engage with colleagues and faculty members to explore IT best practices and gain a holistic understanding of the effects they can have on an organization.
  • Residencies—Network face to face with small groups of students who share your academic and research interest while you enhance your critical thinking, analysis, and scholarly writing skills
  • Doctoral Study—Demonstrate your ability to synthesize the knowledge you have gained throughout the program by investigating an IT topic that interests you and develop a scholarly paper that makes a contribution to your field.

When you choose Walden’s Doctor of Information Technology program, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn.

Find out more about what defines Walden’s D.I.T. program:

Testimonials

“Many of the assignments and discussions I’ve completed at Walden had me role-play real-world situations that I now use on a daily basis. Because I was able to practice my responses to many of these situations, I am now able to map out a better course of action for each client.”
David Couch
M.S. in Information Systems Graduate and Doctor of Information Technology (D.I.T.) Student

“My employer is thrilled that I am seeking an advanced degree. My education has helped me become more focused, employ better time-management skills, and become a better communicator.”
Benjamin Perez
Doctor of Information Technology (D..I.T.) Student

“When I first started working in my field, I quickly realized that I was not equipped to perform as well as I could. Part of the reason was because my education did not prepare me well enough for the challenges I would face in the IT industry. Walden provides quality education that applies to the real world. I use the lessons I learn from my courses every day.”
Daud Kamin
M.S. in Software Engineering Graduate and Doctor of Information Technology (D.I.T.) Student

Transfer of Credits

Students with a master’s degree in a technical field may be eligible to transfer up to five courses, saving time and tuition costs. Relevant technical fields are information systems, information technology, computer science, management information systems, computer information systems, and computer/software engineering.

Call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 to learn more.

Which Technology Program Is Right for You?

When selecting from among Walden’s Graduate Certificate in Information Systems, M.S. in Information Technology, Master of Information Systems Management, and Doctor of Information Technology (D.I.T.) programs, consider your experience and your career aspirations.

The Doctor of Information Technology program may be your best choice if you want to:

  • Lead your organization in solving critical information technology-related challenges.
  • Conduct and analyze research to help your organization identify trends and opportunities.
  • Prepare for a senior-level position in industry or academia, including chief technology officer, chief information officer, information technology strategist, faculty or researcher.

The Master of Information Systems Management may be your best choice if you want to:

  • Develop the management and technical skills required to become an IT leader at the senior management level.
  • Learn to use computer-based information systems to enhance decision making and organizational effectiveness.
  • Gain technical experience and build skills with programming languages and managing information systems.

The M.S. in Information Technology may be your best choice if you want to:

  • Develop advanced specialized skills in areas such as cyber security, software engineering, health informatics, or information systems.
  • Learn to create, maintain, and secure information systems that are critical to today’s businesses, institutions, and government agencies.
  • Pursue senior-level or management careers in information technology.

The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems may be your best choice if you want to:

  • Develop the skills required to enter the IT and information systems field.
  • Learn the basic networking, programming, and database management skills in demand by employers.
  • Earn credits that may be applied toward the Master of Information Systems Management or M.S. in Information Technology program.

Watch and Learn

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Learn more about the School of Information Systems and Technology from Ward Ulmer, Associate Dean, and faculty members.

In our D.I.T. program, you will work with expert faculty members who are scholars and leaders in their fields. Some of the esteemed faculty members in this program include:

Karlyn A Barilovits

Karlyn Barilovits
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville;  M.S., Clemson University; B.S., University of North Carolina

Steven Case

Steven V. Case
Ph.D., B.S., Nova Southeastern University; B.S., University of Minnesota

Bhano Kapoor

Bhanu Kapoor
Ph.D., M.S., Southern Methodist University; B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology

Mukesh Srivastava

Mukesh Srivastava
D.B.A., University of Surrey, England; M.B.A., Jackson State University; M.S., Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India; B.S., Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, India

What’s It Like to Get Your Degree Online?

 What's It Like to Learn Online?

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Critically evaluate current research and best practices in the area of IT methods in organizations.
  2. Analyze best practices and research to determine appropriate design of integrated IT systems.
  3. Recommend IT strategies that support enterprise mission and objectives following tenets of professional, social, and ethical responsibility.
  4. Demonstrate IT leadership skills at the team and enterprise levels.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to communicate technical and business concepts to a range of audiences.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to formulate project management, compliance, and sourcing of IT within an organization.
  7. Conduct original research that contributes to professional and actionable knowledge in an applied environment. 
     

Meet the Associate Dean

Associate Dean Ward Ulmer

Associate Dean Ward Ulmer talks about the School of Information Systems and Technology.

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Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the Doctor of Information Technology (D.I.T.) relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.