Online Doctor of Information Technology (DIT)

Information Technology Leadership

Why Choose Walden?

IT Leadership Simulators

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

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.


Comprehensive Support

Benefit from research and writing tools and robust support services designed to help guide you toward the doctoral finish line.

Network Building

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

Program Details


Minimum Degree Requirement

  • 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


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.

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   $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)
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

Our Enrollment Specialists can help you outline a plan and find resources for funding your education.

Program Savings

Looking to reach your potential with a doctoral degree? We want to support you by making your goals more achievable. Receive up to a $5,000 grant if you start this program on August 28, 2023. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

Program Outcomes

Career Outlook

In the field of information technology, demand is high for skilled practitioners, leaders, and educators. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the computer and information technology sectors are expected to add 682,800 new jobs from 2021 to 2031.1

A Doctor of Information Technology degree with an Information Technology Leadership specialization can prepare you to advance to the highest level of your IT career. Grow as an innovator, leader, and problem-solver and prepare to make a greater impact in your organization and field.

A DIT degree with an Information Technology Leadership specialization can prepare you to pursue career options such as:2

  • Application development director
  • Computing services director
  • Information systems director (IS Director)
  • Information technology director (IT Director),
  • MIS Director (Management Information Systems Director)
  • Faculty member, instructor, lecturer, professor

A DIT degree with an Information Technology Leadership specialization can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Government
  • Public and private labs
  • Universities and colleges
  • Large private organizations (financial, retail, service industry, non-profits)

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.


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1Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Technology Occupations. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.

2Source: O*Net Online. Summary Report for SOC Codes 11-3021.00, 25-1021.00, Computer and Information Systems Managers, Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary.