Information Technology


Why study Information Technology?

The Doctor of Philosopy (PhD) in Information Technology provides students with the necessary skills to provide applied research in evidence-based, human-centered, and secure information technology (IT) practice. The program prepares students 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. This is highly recommended for applicants who have not yet completed a Master's degree. 
  • Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded from all universities attended (official transcripts will be required upon admission) 
    • For international applicants: Submission of a transcript evaluation by a NACES member is required in place of the unofficial transcript(s) to reflect both a converted GPA (on a 4.0 scale) as well as the US equivalence of the degree earned.
  • Three academic or professional letters of reference
    • References should be from credible sources who speak to relevant IT experience and/or work ethic; two or more reference letters should be on letterhead.
  • A resume or curriculum vita (CV). Include any prior research or teaching experience and a list of publications with full citations, if applicable
  • In response to a series of 3 essay questions, applicants will be required to discuss applicable research experience, academic accomplishment, professional experiences within the field of IT, and research interests/ a possible dissertation topic.
    • Applicants are encouraged to share a copy of a Master's thesis and/or academic publication(s) to further demonstrate aptitude for doctoral level research and writing skills. This documentation can be uploaded in the "Additional Materials" section of the application.
  • English Profiency Scores (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.

For question regarding advising, please contact Nicole Cochran, Associate Director of Graduate Education.

The following exams and minimum scores are accepted as proof of English proficiency:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 80 iBT
  • IELTS: minimum score of 6.5 overall band 
  • Duolingo (DET): minimum score of 110 
  • PTE: minimum score of 54

Application Deadlines

Prospective students are admitted once per year in the Fall semester: the application deadline is January 31. 

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

Contact Information

CECH Office of Recrutiment
2610 University Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-6308

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Program Code: 18DOC-IT-PHD