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Completion Requirement

  • 20 quarter credits
    • Foundation course (5 cr.)
    • Focus sequence (15 cr.)

If you are interested in choosing individual courses from the existing focus area to design an option that best meets your goals, please contact an enrollment specialist at 844-675-1072.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment specialist at 844-675-1072.


Course Code Title Credits


MGMT 8003M

Gateway to Doctoral Management Studies

Students begin their journeys as scholar-practitioners in this doctoral management gateway course. Students will learn what it means to earn a doctorate and a Walden PhD degree. No organization can succeed without being led and managed. Students will graduate with a unique perspective on organizational success. They will develop a personal navigational tool, the skills development and an assessment plan (SDAP) to identify their goals, assess the skills they will need to develop, and begin to consider the importance of managing their time as they deepen their journey into the program. Through this course, students will then be prepared for the journey that will take them from absorbing knowledge to becoming creators of knowledge. During this orientation course, students will grapple with some of the biggest questions facing the management profession. While engaging in these and other questions regarding the future of management, students will be introduced to the full spectrum of Walden resources and become familiarized with Walden's academic support systems. Designed to make them better critical thinkers and scholarly writers, these resources include the Writing Center, the Walden Library, the Academic Skills Center, and the Center for Research Quality. Students also focus on beginning their development of critical reading, writing, and questioning, and reflective skills, all of which are needed to succeed as scholar-practitioners.

(5 cr.)


MGMT 8505M

IT Security and Compliance

Security and compliance are critical topics in all businesses that engage in internal information technology (IT) and external commerce-producing digital products and services. All organizations need to consider the multifaceted aspects of IT security and standard compliance. Each specialization course is designed to encourage students to select two topics and develop an article that is ready for publication. 

(5 cr.)
MGMT 8515M

Strategic IT Leadership and System Architecture

Strategic information technology (IT) leadership and systems architecture is a core domain of the information systems technology for the professional and scholar. There are many new forms of emerging architectures being used by organizations that are innovating their infrastructure. For instance, many are considering the multiagent systems (mas) application and services architecture that considers the need for mobile, connected things, social media, and partners to interact with those apps autonomously and collectively. Students will also be able to canvas topics such as digital disruptive innovation trends as well as how IT teams work together in a digital environment. Organizations need to develop a strategic and far-reaching vision for their architecture and the leadership of a digital workforce as a key way to engage.

(5 cr.)
MGMT 8525M

Big Data Decision Making and Management

Decision making is only as good as the information and the context of the information received. Most information systems technology professionals understand that individuals are awash with data. Big data is vast, yet harnessing such data is not as simple as conducting a search. All big data and decision making needs to consider both analytics as well and the ethics and context development of the searching strategy.

(5 cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 20 quarter credit hours $725 per quarter hour $14,500
Technology Fee Per quarter $160 $320


*The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.


Admissions Requirements

Since our certificate programs are offered at different levels, admission requirements vary. Call 844-768-0199 to find out the admission requirements for your certificate program of interest.

Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on the program you choose. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific degree programs. Call 844-768-0199 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.


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