Your Doctor of Information Technology Degree Is Within Reach
In the world of information technology, the possibilities are endless. As a career IT professional, you have the opportunity to make a greater impact, not only in your field but in the world. Take the next step and expand your influence with our online Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) program.
A pioneer in distance learning, Walden offers a contemporary doctorate in information technology program grounded in holistic student support. You’ll benefit from a personalized, practice-oriented doctoral experience that prepares you to navigate the biggest IT challenges—and opportunities—of today and tomorrow.
The DIT degree positions students for key IT and leadership roles within organizations as well as for teaching in academia.
Throughout the program, you’ll work one on one with a faculty mentor who is aligned with your professional interests and communication style.
Our research and writing tools and robust support services help guide you toward the doctoral finish line.
Build your decision-making muscle by delving into realistic learning scenarios based on challenges faced by IT executives.
Join professional organizations like Women in Technology International and network with like-minded peers who can help you in your career.
Explore best practices for using data to drive strategic decision-making. Review mechanisms to prevent or mitigate cybercrimes.
Engage in realistic leadership simulations while learning to communicate technical and business concepts to diverse audiences.
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A Program Designed to Build on Your Existing Experience
Walden’s Doctor of Information Technology degree program is designed for those who currently hold a master’s degree in:
- Information systems
- Information technology
- Computer science
- Management information systems
- Computer and information systems
- Information assurance
- Information security
- Computer/software engineering
You are also eligible for this program if you hold a master’s degree in a nontechnical field combined with three or more years of relevant technical work experience.
To be considered for this doctoral program, you must have a technical master’s degree or at least three years of relevant professional experience in information technology and meet the general admission requirements. All graduate programs in the School of Technology and Applied Science require the submission of a résumé. Proficiency in at least one modern programming language is highly recommended but not required. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. More information for international applicants.
A Doctoral Degree for IT Visionaries
Tailored for full-time working professionals, our online Doctor of Information Technology program lays the groundwork for your future as a practitioner researcher. Build the CIO-level leadership skills you need to guide organizations through major innovation initiatives. Get the support and resources to conduct original, practical research in the evolving field of information technology.
Gail MilesProgram Director
Dr. Miles has decades of teaching experience, including teaching computer science on campus for more than 25 years and teaching IT online since 2000 in a variety of programs. Her research interests include software engineering education and online education.Read Gail's Bio
Steven CaseCore Faculty
Dr. Case has more than 35 years of engineering, management, executive management, and teaching experience. His management experience includes overseeing software and hardware development projects with teams ranging from three to 37 engineers.Read Steven's Bio
Robert DuhainyCore Faculty
Dr. Duhainy has more than 24 years of experience in designing and implementing wireless and cellular networks and 27 years in technology and computer security. His research work includes the use of software agents to safeguard computer networks from attack.Read Bob's Bio
As a graduate of this Doctor of Information Technology program, you’ll be able to:
- Critically evaluate current research and best practices in the area of IT methods in organizations.
- Analyze best practices and research to determine appropriate design of integrated IT systems.
- Recommend IT strategies that support enterprise mission and objectives following tenets of professional, social, and ethical responsibility.
- Demonstrate IT leadership skills at the team and enterprise levels.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate technical and business concepts to a range of audiences.
- Demonstrate the ability to formulate project management, compliance, and sourcing of IT within an organization.
- Conduct original research that contributes to professional and actionable knowledge in an applied environment.
The field of information technology continues to grow at a rapid pace, with a high demand for skilled practitioners, leaders, and educators. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the computer and information technology sectors are expected to add 531,200 new jobs through 2029.1
A Doctor of Information Technology degree can prepare you for senior technical and managerial positions as well as a faculty role in higher education settings. Apply theory to real challenges faced by IT leaders today and sharpen your decision-making skills. Build the poise and confidence you need to solve mission-critical problems and drive innovation for your organization.
A Doctor of Information Technology program can prepare you to pursue career options such as:2
- College professor / instructor
- Computer scientist / researcher
- Senior software developer / engineer
- Software developer / engineer
A Doctor of Information Technology program can prepare you to work in settings such as:
- Public and private labs
- Universities and colleges
- Large private organizations (financial, retail, service industry, nonprofits)
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful
My DIT gave me the opportunity to learn a little about so many things, and that is what I need in my profession.
Felix Aguboshim DIT Graduate
Many family members, friends, and colleagues ask me about Walden. I refer them to Walden for the high-quality education it provides.
Daud Kamin DIT Graduate
FAQ About Walden’s Online Doctor of Information Technology Program
According to Dr. Karlyn Barilovits, dean of Walden University’s College of Management and Technology, technical abilities are not enough to launch, then sustain, a successful IT career at the senior level. What else is needed? Critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to talk to technical and nontechnical colleagues alike. “There’s this old image of the IT person down in the basement, working in the dark. That’s not how it is anymore,” Dr. Barilovits says. Doctor of Information Technology programs seek to meet the advanced IT needs of today’s business world by preparing graduates with the strategic leadership and communication skills required to tackle everything from security breaches to advanced payroll systems.
While it’s tempting to refer to both of these degrees interchangeably, a PhD in Information Technology and a Doctor in Information Technology are not the same. A PhD in Information Technology focuses primarily on research and theory, with students choosing, then pursuing, one specific area of research. While a Doctor of Information Technology program also cultivates research skills, it is much broader, instructing students how to apply those research skills to organizations and the broad range of IT problems they can face.
A Doctor of Information Technology program can provide the educational background you need to pursue a range of high-level positions in both the public and private sectors—positions you wouldn’t necessarily be qualified to seek with only a master’s degree, according to Dr. Barilovits. “When you have a doctoral degree (in information technology), it opens many more doors than a master’s degree,” she says. From industry to academia, the right doctor of information technology program can prepare you for a rewarding high-tech career.
Potential career options may include:
- Chief information officer
- Chief technology officer
- Information technology strategist
- Higher education faculty member or administrator
- Technical manager or director
If you are already working full time in the information technology sector—or in any other career—you don’t have to drop everything to earn your DIT degree. That’s because an online university like Walden can make completing your IT degree more possible than you ever thought. Instead of having to take time off from your current job to attend classes on a campus, you can complete the majority of your coursework from home and on a flexible learning platform that enables you to fit studying around your other responsibilities.
Yes—demand for IT professionals is strong. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the demand for computer and information systems managers is expected to increase 11% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the national average for all occupations.1 Much of this increase will be due to the expansion of cloud computing and the proliferation of the Internet of Things. In fact, the BLS estimates that 46,800 new jobs in computer and information technology management will be added between 2018 and 2028.1 Meanwhile, job growth for security analysts is expected to grow 32% from 2018 to 2028.2