Track I

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
  • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
  • Core courses (21 sem. cr.)
  • Research sequence (10 sem. cr.)
  • Leadership simulator courses (9 sem. cr.)
  • Seminar courses (6 sem. cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Study
    • Doctoral mentoring course (0 sem. cr.)
    • Doctoral study completion course (3 sem. cr. per term for a minimum of 5 terms until completion, with two 8-week terms taken per semester) 
  • Two face-to-face academic residencies

Walden students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the doctoral study course shell.

Please refer to Walden’s catalog for more information about degree requirements.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment specialist at 855-646-5286.

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8881G Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

Foundation Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code ITEC 8000 Course Foundation and Communications for Information Technology Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code ITEC 8010 Course Fundamentals of Information Systems Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code ITEC 8040 Course Systems Analysis and Design Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code ITEC 8030 Course Principles of Programming Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code ITEC 8120 Course Operating System and Network Architecture Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code ITEC 8145 Course Enterprise Database Design Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code ITEC 8160 Course Enterprise Systems Architecture Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code ITEC 8170 Course Fundamentals of Information Assurance Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Research Sequence

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code ITEC 8427 Course Applied Research Methods—Qualitative and Quantitative Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code ITEC 8437 Course Quantitative Decision Making for Strategic Analysis Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code ITEC 8447 Course Qualitative and Case Study Research for Strategic Analysis Credits (4 sem. cr.)

Leadership Simulator Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code ITEC 8201 Course IT Leadership Simulator: Integrating Diverse Systems and Leading Technology Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code ITEC 8202 Course IT Leadership Simulator: Developing Proactive and Reactive Security Plans Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code ITEC 8203 Course IT Leadership Simulator: Leading IT in a Dynamic Environment Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Seminar Courses

Choose two courses from the list below.

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code ITEC 8501 Course Seminar in Information Security Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code ITEC 8502 Course Seminar in IT Systems, Software, and Management Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code ITEC 8503 Course Seminar in Project Management Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code ITEC 8504 Course Seminar in Cloud and Grid Computing Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Doctoral Study

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code ITEC 8100 Course Doctoral Study Mentoring Credits (0 sem. cr.; taken for 4 terms concurrently with the last two Leadership Simulator courses and the two seminar courses)
Course Code ITEC 9000* Course Doctoral Study Completion Credits (continuous enrollment in 3 sem. cr. per term for a minimum of five terms until completion, with two 8-week terms taken per semester)

Master’s Along the Way

After successfully completing ITEC 8010, ITEC 8040, ITEC 8030, ITEC 8120, ITEC 8145, ITEC 8160, ITEC 8170, ITEC 8201, ITEC 8202, and ITEC 8203 courses in our online DIT program, you may be eligible to receive an MS in Information Technology, giving you a valuable credential while you work toward completing your doctorate.

*Students are continuously enrolled in ITEC 9000 for a minimum of five 8-week terms until completion of their doctoral study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their doctoral study on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the doctoral study process in the DIT Process Guide.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe
Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements. See the policy in the Walden University Student Handbook. Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

Note: 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; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.

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