Students acquire strategic skills needed to develop, implement and lead technology initiatives within a wide range of organizations

Minneapolis—July 22, 2013—Successful leaders in today’s IT industry require more than just technical skills. They also need the enterprise expertise essential for understanding how organizational structure and operational functions can impact growth and success. To prepare future IT leaders, Walden University is offering a new online Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) program, designed to enhance students’ technical expertise while developing the leadership skills they need to guide their organization in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

“Organizations today are looking for senior-level managers who have a combination of strong leadership and advanced technical skills. Walden’s Doctor of Information Technology program helps students develop that dual skill set through application-based learning and case study research,” said Dr. L. Ward Ulmer, associate dean of the College of Management and Technology.

Students in this applied doctoral program use problem-based learning simulators, research seminars, residencies and other learning formats to analyze relevant IT scenarios and develop solutions they can implement in their career. Students will explore qualitative and quantitative research methods and complete a doctoral study demonstrating their ability to examine, critique and synthesize knowledge, theory and experience in an applied IT project.

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. The DIT program prepares students for senior-level positions in industry and academia, such as chief information officer, chief technology officer, IS manager, IT strategist, and higher education faculty and administrator positions.

Walden’s DIT program is designed for students with technical educational and professional backgrounds. Students who have completed a technical master’s degree program within the past 10 years may also be eligible to receive course transfer credits that can save them time and tuition.

The DIT joins the existing portfolio of program offerings in the School of Information Systems and Technology including: MS in Information Technology, Master of Information Systems Management (MISM), BS in Computer Information Systems, BS in Information Technology and Graduate Certificate in Information Systems. For more information on Walden’s Doctor of Information Technology program, go to www.WaldenU.edu/dit.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 145 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of 70 campus-based and online universities in 29 countries.

Walden offers more than 75 degree programs with more than 385 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org.

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