Ph.D. Information Technology

About the Program

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


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)

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Lauren Kirgis

Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Information Technology