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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 remote 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.

Why Choose Walden?

Individual Mentoring

Throughout your doctoral candidacy, you’ll work one on one with a faculty mentor who is aligned with your professional interests and communication style.

Support to Fuel Your Success

Our research and writing tools and robust support services help guide you toward the doctoral finish line.

IT Leadership Simulators

Build your decision-making muscle by delving into realistic learning scenarios based on challenges faced by IT executives.

Network Building

Join professional organizations like Women in Technology International and network with like-minded peers who can help you in your career.

BE SUPPORTED AT EACH STEP

The Walden Doctoral Degree Coach™ helps you find the right support when you need it and stay on track throughout your journey.

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Program Details

Curriculum

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 qtr. cr.)
  • Foundation course (5 qtr. cr.)
  • Technical Core courses (30 qtr. cr.)
  • Research Sequence (14 qtr. cr.)
  • Specialization Seminar/Leadership courses (20 qtr. cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Study
    • Doctoral mentoring course (0 qtr. cr.)
    • Doctoral Companion courses (3 qtr. cr.)
    • Doctoral study completion course (5 qtr. cr. each term for a minimum of 4 terms until completion)
  • Two face-to-face academic residencies

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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  
  • Cybersecurity
  • 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.

Admission Requirements

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. You are also required to submit 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 Personalized Guide to Completing Your Doctorate

Earning your Doctor of Information Technology requires commitment, perseverance, and hard work. You can do it, and Walden is here to help—with our Doctoral Degree Coach™.

  • Map and Track Milestones: Break your research down into manageable, sequential steps. See where you are, what’s ahead, and what you’ve already accomplished, all in one place.
  • Meet Weekly Targets: No more guesswork. Set prompts based on your to-do list and receive reminders and updates directly to your inbox.
  • Connect With Faculty: Stay on the same page and keep your progress on track. With shared access to your dashboard, your chair can easily guide you through your checklists, goals, and timelines.
  • Access Helpful Resources: Quickly find support from the right person at the right time. Our comprehensive resource guide points you in the right direction—no more frustrating searches.

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition-Coursework 69 quarter credits $660 per quarter hour for coursework credits $45,540^
Tuition-Doctoral Study/Project  23–118 quarter credits $660 per quarter hour for doctoral study/project credits $15,180–$77,880*
Technology Fee $165 per quarter $2,145–$5,280*
Residency Fee Two Residencies $1,375 (virtual)
$1,475 each (in-person: travel, lodging and other expenses are additional)
$2,750$2,950
Estimated Range:     3.25-Year 8-Year


$65,615
$131,650*+
(assuming completion in a 3.25-year time frame) (assuming completion in a 8-year time frame)

Effective February 27, 2023

Curriculum Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition-Coursework 69 quarter credits $660 per quarter hour for coursework credits $45,540^
Tuition-Doctoral Study/Project  23–118 quarter credits $660 per quarter hour for doctoral study/project credits $15,180–$77,880*
Technology Fee $170 per quarter $2,720–$5,440*
Residency Fee Two Residencies $1,420 (virtual)
$1,520 each (in-person: travel, lodging and other expenses are additional)
$2,840$3,040
Estimated Range:     3.25-Year 8-Year


$66,280
$131,900*+
(assuming completion in a 3.25-year time frame) (assuming completion in a 8-year time frame)

These are ranges of what a student can expect in terms of time and tuition cost to complete a degree. It does not include other fees, nor is it adjusted for tuition increases over time. Walden faculty has concluded that generally students who do not complete their program in eight years are unlikely to complete and only allow students to exceed that time frame when a student petitions for an extension and provides good reason for the delay and assurances that obstacles to completion can be overcome. Time is calculated using the time allowed for each quarter or unit that the student completes. Students are encouraged to work continuously during the program so as not to extend the time needed to complete the degree as work can become stale and students lose focus. Students who earn two grades of “Unsatisfactory,” who repeatedly drop a course before a quarter or unit has been completed, or are unable to complete in the eight-year time frame, should expect that they may be dismissed from the program. Walden believes that it is in the best interest of a student who is unable to complete the degree in the stated ranges to strongly consider withdrawal or obtaining a lesser degree.

Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic such as tuition and fee increases and/or the student’s transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; writing, research and editing skills; use of external data for their doctoral study/dissertation; individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations; care giving responsibilities or health issues; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included. Students may incur additional costs for remedial writing assistance, if necessary.

^This assumes students successfully complete their coursework on the first attempt.

Based on a 3.25-year minimum completion requirement and an 8-year maximum timeframe as outlined in Walden academic policy.

*Tuition and fees will be higher if students petition to extend the eight-year maximum time frame or choose to take more expensive elective courses.

+Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships, or other tuition reductions. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-768-0443.

Paying for Your Education

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Specializations

Applied Information Technology

Explore best practices for using data to drive strategic decision-making. Review mechanisms to prevent or mitigate cybercrimes.

Information Technology Leadership

Engage in realistic leadership simulations while learning to communicate technical and business concepts to diverse audiences.

Program Outcomes

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.

Career Outlook

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 667,600 new jobs from 2020 to 2030.1

A Doctor of Information Technology degree can prepare you academically 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
  • Systems / technology director

A Doctor of Information Technology program can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Government
  • 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 completion of this degree program.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow

13%

through 2030.1

Learning Outcomes

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.

Resources

Meet Your Faculty

  • Gail Miles

    Program 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.

  • Robert Duhainy

    Robert Duhainy

    Core 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.

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