Information Technology


Why study Information Technology?

The Ph.D. in Information Technology provides candidates with the necessary skills to provide applied research in evidence-based, human-centered, and secure IT practice. The program prepares candidates to educate future IT professionals at the K12, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Graduates of our doctoral degree program in Information Technology are also prepared to become key leaders in organizations and enterprises to develop IT solutions for consumers or businesses.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Completed a baccalaureate degree from an ABET-accredited Information Technology degree program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. ABET is a nonprofit certified organization that accredits college and university programs in Applied and Natural Science, Engineering, and Engineering Technology.
  • Completed 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.

Other requirements:

  • While it is not a requirement, applicants may include Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores to demonstrate their potential for success 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 and a list of publications with full citations, if applicable
  • A personal statement with a discussion of relevant experience, career goals, research areas of interest, and fit with the UC program such as faculty who may be a suitable advisor for dissertation topic of interest
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if applicable

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, 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.

Nicole Cochran, Assistant Director of Graduate Education
513-558-4184 or via email:

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Only - January 31

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

Contact Information

Nicole Cochran
2620 University Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 558-4184

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Program Code: 18DOC-IT-PHD