Programs and Degrees

Information Technology

Why study Information Technology?

The Information Technology doctoral program prepares candidates with skills to advance applied research in evidence-based, human-centered and secure IT practice. In addition, the program prepares candidates whose research will advance knowledge in evidence-based practices needed to educate future IT professionals at the K12, undergraduate, and graduate levels.

Career Possibilities

Graduates of the program will be prepared to hold positions in academia as assistant professors of Information Technology or other related computing disciplines. In the industry, research in Information Technology continues to emerge and will take time to evolve. However, graduates of the program will be able to hold positions in research and development in a variety of IT-related organizations, medical research organizations, financial organizations, social media organizations, government, among many others.

Major Maps

The curriculum requires a total of 90 credit hours post Baccalaureate that are distributed among four areas:

  1. Core area (33 semester credit hours) that includes:
    • 15 hours of Information Technology Foundations
    • 12 hours in an Area of Specialization
    • 6 hours of research preparation
  2. Methodology (12 semester credit hours)
  3. Electives (15 semester credit hours) distributed among analytical, quantificational, computational, social, and experiential themes.
  4. Dissertation (30 semester credit hours)


Lauren Kirgis

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must meet at least one of the following requirements:
    • Earned a baccalaureate degree from an ABET accreditated Information Technology degree program with a GPA of 3.0 or better. ABET is a non profit certified organization that accredits college and university programs in applied and natural science, engineering, and engineering technology.
    • Earned an undergraduate degree and (a) completed a minimum of 18 graduate-level course work in Information Technology with a GPA of 3.5 or above, or (b) completed significant years of professional experience in information technology as determined by the graduate director
  • Though not an admissions requirement, applicants may include Graduate Record Examination scores to demonstrate their potential for sucess in the doctoral program
  • Transcripts (Note: for the application you may upload unofficial transcripts; however, if admitted you will need to submit your official transcripts.)
  • Three letters of recommendations
  • A resume or curriculum vita (CV). Include any prior research or teaching experience, if applicable
  • A personal statement with discussion of relevant experience, goals, and fit with the UC program
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if applicable

Application Deadlines

Fall-March 31



The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Information Technology

Full-Time Program Duration

4 Years


Uptown Campus West


2620 McMicken Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: (513) 558-4184
Lauren Kirgis