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Ph.D. Information Technology

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.

Curriculum Overview

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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Our Ph.D. in Information Technology is offered as an onsite degree:

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Cornell Tech

New York, NY •

Cornell University •

  • • Rating 4.25 out of 5   4 reviews

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School of Continuing Studies - Georgetown University

Washington, DC •

Georgetown University •

  • • Rating 4.82 out of 5   22 reviews

Current Master's student: Although, I have not started my graduate program yet, the application has been simple and straightforward. I also received news of my acceptance in a timely manner. I hope to have the opportunity to begin my classes for this upcoming spring semester. The faculty shows to have amazing credentials and look forward to learning from them. Also, the networking opportunities seem to have great potential at this university and program. I have attended a couple of webinars and the potential students all seem to come from different age groups, experiences, backgrounds, and jobs. I look forward to working with them and to learn from their prospectives on subjects that will be discussed in the program. I will follow up with more reviews as I go through the program, in order to help guide potential students look to further their education. Overall my experience has been terrific and the admissions team has be very transparent. ... Read 22 reviews

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Georgetown University ,

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22 Niche users give it an average review of 4.8 stars.

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Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy

Pittsburgh, PA •

Carnegie Mellon University •

  • • Rating 4.64 out of 5   11 reviews

Current Master's student: A competitive class but more inclined with real world experience. Make learning more practicable. The professors are interested to see their student succeed abd very open to guide student in education and career. Professors try to make class very engaging, and organize and encourage student to attend programs that will benefit their knowledge and career ... Read 11 reviews

Carnegie Mellon University ,

PITTSBURGH, PA ,

11 Niche users give it an average review of 4.6 stars.

Featured Review: Current Master's student says A competitive class but more inclined with real world experience. Make learning more practicable. The professors are interested to see their student succeed abd very open to guide student in... .

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New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Illinois Institute of Technology

CHICAGO, IL

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Tandon School of Engineering

Brooklyn, NY •

New York University •

  • • Rating 4.71 out of 5   14 reviews

Master's Student: My academic journey at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering, where I'm pursuing a Master's in Cybersecurity, has been both challenging and rewarding. The best part of my experience has been the opportunity to apply my learning in real-world scenarios, like my role as a Cybersecurity Auditor at the Office of Technology & Innovation and my participation in various projects and competitions. These experiences have not only enhanced my skills but also allowed me to contribute meaningfully to cybersecurity. The most challenging aspect has been balancing the rigorous coursework with these demanding roles. However, this has taught me valuable time management and prioritization skills. This scholarship will aid in continuing my passion for cybersecurity and contributing to the field. ... Read 14 reviews

New York University ,

BROOKLYN, NY ,

14 Niche users give it an average review of 4.7 stars.

Featured Review: Master's Student says My academic journey at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering, where I'm pursuing a Master's in Cybersecurity, has been both challenging and rewarding. The best part of my experience has... .

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Science

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Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology

Provo, UT •

Brigham Young University •

  • • Rating 5 out of 5   2 reviews

Master's Student: Grades don't really matter...they do, but they don't. Teachers want to see you succeed and will help out, while still making sure you learn what you need to do. Unlike undergraduate courses where the schedule is basically defined by the accreditation board or whatever, grad classes are different. If you want to spend more time on a topic, the professor can do so. You often take a lot of similar classes as other students in your lab, so working on homework or projects together makes a lot of sense and is natural. There's not a whole lot of competition to get the highest grade in class because as grad students we are all in the same boat. That being said, the course work is still tough and challenging and will push you to the limit. ... Read 2 reviews

Brigham Young University ,

PROVO, UT ,

2 Niche users give it an average review of 5 stars.

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Purdue Polytechnic Institute

West Lafayette, IN •

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Leavey School of Business

Santa Clara, CA •

Santa Clara University •

  • • Rating 2.5 out of 5   4 reviews

Master's Student: Smaller class sizes and up to date equipment make for a comfortable experience. Class is mostly younger international students. ... Read 4 reviews

Santa Clara University ,

SANTA CLARA, CA ,

4 Niche users give it an average review of 2.5 stars.

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University of Washington Information School

Seattle, WA •

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SEATTLE, WA ,

The School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, NJ •

Stevens Institute of Technology •

Stevens Institute of Technology ,

HOBOKEN, NJ ,

Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

University of Pittsburgh •

  • • Rating 4.73 out of 5   11 reviews

Master's Student: Professors are distinguished, experienced industry experts. Their classes are all mostly challenging but the learning outcomes are definitely worth it! ... Read 11 reviews

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Featured Review: Master's Student says Professors are distinguished, experienced industry experts. Their classes are all mostly challenging but the learning outcomes are definitely worth it! .

College of Information Studies - University of Maryland

College Park, MD •

University of Maryland - College Park •

University of Maryland - College Park ,

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Bentley University McCallum Graduate School of Business

Waltham, MA •

  • • Rating 4.7 out of 5   20 reviews

Current Master's student: Bentley University is a highly regarded private university located in Waltham, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. It offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in business and related fields, with a focus on preparing students for successful careers in the business world. The university has a strong reputation for academic excellence, and its programs are regularly ranked among the best in the nation. Its faculty members are highly qualified and experienced professionals in their respective fields, and they are committed to providing students with a challenging and rewarding academic experience. One area where the university could potentially improve is in its efforts to increase diversity and inclusion on campus. While Bentley has made some progress in recent years in terms of increasing diversity among its student body and faculty, there is always more that can be done to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all students. ... Read 20 reviews

WALTHAM, MA ,

20 Niche users give it an average review of 4.7 stars.

Featured Review: Current Master's student says Bentley University is a highly regarded private university located in Waltham, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. It offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in... The university has a strong reputation for academic excellence, and its programs are regularly ranked among the best in the nation. Its faculty members are highly qualified and experienced... One area where the university could potentially improve is in its efforts to increase diversity and inclusion on campus. While Bentley has made some progress in recent years in terms of increasing... .

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University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences

Tampa, FL •

University of South Florida •

  • • Rating 4.8 out of 5   5 reviews

Alum: I graduated from the University of South Florida in 2002 with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. The professors were knowledgeable, fair, and respectful. They provided students with an outline of the course being administered to aid in time management and organization. Every professor in the program was courteous and caring. When a student had questions or concerns, they were answered in a timely manner. ... Read 5 reviews

University of South Florida ,

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College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services - University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH •

University of Cincinnati •

  • • Rating 4.67 out of 5   9 reviews

Alum: The professors and administration are all very helpful and genuinely want to see you succeed. They make themselves available for questions and concerns often and will work with any situation to make sure you can be successful in the program and beyond. My only complaint is that I wish there had been an option to do dual tracks of the Health Education program because now I have to take far more classes outside of the program in order to sit for a specific certification exam (which is geared more toward the track that I didn't take). Overall, though, the Health Education program was so well-taught that it prepared me to pass the CHES exam on my first attempt without having studied! ... Read 9 reviews

University of Cincinnati ,

CINCINNATI, OH ,

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University of Arizona College of Science

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University College - University of Denver

Denver, CO •

University of Denver •

  • • Rating 4.56 out of 5   9 reviews

Master's Student: University College offers great programs and courses, and all of the professors I’ve had so far are extremely knowledgeable and typically work in the field. I absolutely love my courses and have even discovered new educational interests with the help of my courses and professors. Online coursework is more tedious and difficult than in-class courses, but worth it. I’m from Ohio and so glad I discovered University College! ... Read 9 reviews

University of Denver ,

DENVER, CO ,

9 Niche users give it an average review of 4.6 stars.

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School of Engineering - The University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS •

The University of Kansas •

  • • Rating 4 out of 5   1 review

Graduate Student: It is very good to be on the school where you can study and do your activity. Excellent track record in system engineering, project leadership and IT operational roles in diverse industry sectors. Highly skilled in system analysis, multi-project oversight, query resolution and process improvements. Consistently recognized by top management, professors and client base for reliable talents in culture building, talent hiring, clear communications and innovative problem solving. ... Read 1 review

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LAWRENCE, KS ,

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Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences

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Rutgers Business School - Newark

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Rutgers University - Newark •

  • • Rating 3.88 out of 5   8 reviews

Master's Student: I've learned so much thus far in my Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting program at Rutgers Business School. The best part is being able to work full-time and take courses online that are convenient to my schedule, as well as learning pertinent information that is relevant for my job (I work for state government as an auditor). A drawback is that because the courses are all online, I don't get to interact with the professor and classmates as much, which I really value being able to have in-person/virtual discussions to learn more. Overall, it's a very valuable academic experience, and I hope to carry forward what I'm learning in my professional career, and be a leader and resource for public sector work. ... Read 8 reviews

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Clarkson University

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Information Technology PhD Program

Doctoral Program

The PhD in Information Technology provides a research-intensive focus in the interdisciplinary areas of information systems, cyber security, data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). This program prepares individuals for careers in academia, government, and/or industry.

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Why Pursue an Information Technology PhD

Commitment to research and a passion for teaching are two of the qualities that distinguish both our doctoral faculty and our graduates. Doctoral students work closely with faculty members in small classes, seminars, research projects and other assignments, aimed towards developing the analytical skills competencies to conduct independent quality research. Full-time professionals can balance career and education by completing the program as a part-time student.

Research Opportunities

In the Alvarez College of Business, faculty consistently publishes in premier information systems journals, such as  MIS Quarterly ,  Information Systems Research , and  Journal of Management Information Systems , and premier cyber security and data analytics journals such as  IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing ,  IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security , and  IEEE Transactions on Big Data . Faculty publications are also listed as highly cited (top 1% in discipline) and hot (top 0.1% in discipline) on the Thomson Reuters (now known as Clarivate Analytics) Web of Science database. In turn, this also helps students keep current and aware of trends/changes in the fields of Information Systems, Cyber Security, Data Analytics and AI.

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National Endorsements

UTSA has been designated as a Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security in the areas of CAE-Education, CAE-Operations and CAE-Research and is one of only 10 institutions in the nation to achieve all three designations.

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Careers in Higher Education and Research

The primary focus of a doctoral program is to prepare qualified candidates for academic careers in higher education, teaching, and research. Data predicts a strong demand for business school faculty for the next 15 years. Becoming a university faculty member is a gratifying experience that offers collaboration with students and other faculty, as well as fair compensation.

When you earn your degree, you will be prepared to start your professional career as an assistant professor at an academic institution. Faculty mentors at UTSA can assist you with finding the perfect job upon graduation. Program graduates are also qualified to hold research positions in government and industry.

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Funding opportunities, career options, admission & application requirements.

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application . Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Full-time PhD students are generally funded with our financial package which consists of a research or teaching assistantship with paid tuition and fees for up to four (4) years. Part-time PhD students do not qualify for guaranteed funding however additional resources may be available.

For more information about graduate funding, click below.

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.

Earning a Master's Degree

While in a doctoral program, a student may earn a master’s degree provided the following conditions are satisfied:

  • A student must be admitted to candidacy.
  • A student is eligible to receive a master’s degree upon completion of University-wide requirements and any additional degree requirements specific to the program.
  • The Doctoral Studies Committee, Department Chair, and the Graduate Associate Dean of the College must recommend students for the degree.
  • The student must apply for graduation by the published deadline the semester prior to awarding the doctoral degree.
  • All required coursework in the doctoral program at the time of admission to candidacy must have been taken within the previous six years.
  • If the master’s degree requires a thesis, the degree cannot be awarded on the basis of the doctoral qualifying examination.
  • Students will not be approved for an additional master’s degree in the same field in which an individual has previously received a master’s degree.

Course Offerings & Schedule

The Ph.D. in Applied Statistics can be either a full or part-time program.

Most courses are offered during the day and full-time students must enroll for nine hours in the fall semester, nine hours in the spring semester and three hours in the summer semester. We do not recommend working full-time if you plan to pursue the full-time program.

This program is does not offer a hybrid or fully online modality. All PhD programs in the college are in-residence and admitted students are expected to complete the program in-person.

PhD full-time students normally serve as either a teaching assistant or research assistant throughout the program. These experiences are an important part of the training and overall doctoral experience.

Graduate Placements

  • Binghamton University – SUNY
  • Bissantz Software Co. Augsburg, Germany
  • California Polytechnic University
  • Ernst & Young
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Idaho State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Lamar University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • LSU Shreveport
  • San Diego State University
  • Southwestern University of Finance & Economics, China
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • University Al Ain Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Colorado – Denver
  • University of Health at Bethesda
  • University of Houston
  • University of Montana – Missoula
  • University of Nevada at Reno
  • University of Portland
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • U.S. Government

Frequently Asked Questions

Admission process, what are the key factors on which admissions are based, and who decides.

Admission is based on

  • Undergraduate transcripts (and graduate, if applicable)
  • Standardized test scores
  • Recommendations from former professors or employers who can speak to your ability to do doctoral-level work at UTSA

The admission committee is looking for evidence that you understand the specific nature of the program that you are applying for, that you can articulate your scholarly intentions that fit with the research interests of current faculty and that you are academically prepared to succeed in the program.

The most important part of your application is your statement of purpose. Although outstanding grades and test scores are important, you should construct a clear, persuasive, well-written statement of purpose in order to be competitive.

I am completing an undergraduate degree. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes; however, you must take additional leveling courses and complete any graduate coursework where your academic background is insufficient. The catalog states that the PhD requirement is “66 hours beyond the master’s degree.” Therefore, the time required to complete a PhD will most likely be much longer for a candidate without a master’s degree than for a candidate with a master’s degree.

When are admission decisions made?

Admission decisions are typically made in March; however, exceptionally qualified candidates are considered earlier.

Can I submit GMAT/GRE test scores after the application deadline?

No. All application documents must be received by the application deadline and incomplete applications will not be considered. You will be required to upload unofficial copies within the Graduate Admissions Application.

Can I wait to submit the foreign credential evaluation (ECE transcript) until after I am accepted to UTSA?

No. Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed. Processing time may take up to three weeks, and students should plan accordingly with the admission deadlines of the programs for which they are applying.

Do you accept WES transcript evaluations?

All NACES accredited evaluators are accepted.

Program Expectations

What should i expect as a doctoral student.

Your role and the expectations will change as you progress in the program. Initially, your role will be as a student with the expectation that you attend and participate in doctoral seminars with other students. Expect to read a great deal and write papers.

To prepare to become a university professor, you will work closely with faculty members to learn how to teach. You will start as a teaching assistant and work toward teaching classes independently.

Conducting research is another area of focus where you will work closely with faculty on research projects. Under the direction of a faculty committee, you will conduct original research that will be the basis for your dissertation.

How long does this program take to complete?

Most students will need four years. Plan for at least two years to complete the coursework. Add another year to pass the comprehensive exams, develop a dissertation topic and defend your dissertation proposal. Dedicate your final year(s) to dissertation research.

Are PhD students required to teach?

Teaching is crucial to your academic career and job prospects. Every PhD student should gain teaching experience before graduating. Initially, students may work as research assistants for faculty members and may also assist in teaching various courses. For students who receive stipends, they will most likely teach an undergraduate course at the Carlos Alvarez College of Business during their program.

What are the research requirements of the PhD program?

The PhD program requires students to research while they complete formal coursework and during the summers. As research assistants, students work with faculty members in joint research activities and pursue their research objectives under the supervision of faculty members. The goal is to create papers to present at academic meetings and submit to research publications by the time the student is ready to begin their dissertation research. To be competitive in the academic job market, students should prioritize producing papers and publications while in the program.

As a PhD student, who will advise me?

Your program admission will identify an initial PhD advisor. However, as your interests and research agenda develop toward preparing a dissertation proposal, a different faculty member may emerge as the appropriate advisor for your dissertation research. Your initial advisor will help you assemble a program committee of faculty, who will advise you regarding your dissertation.

Can you waive my application fee?

You may request an application waiver if

  • You are a McNair Scholar
  • Active-duty military or a veteran of the US Armed Forces
  • If you are an applicant who has attended a PhD Project Conference

Please complete the  Request to Waive Doctoral Application Fee  if you meet one or more of the above criteria.

Approved applicants will receive a single-use coupon code to enter into the payment field of the online application.

Can you waive the GMAT/GRE test score requirement?

We do not offer waivers for standardized test scores.

Is there a waiver for the TOEFL/IELTS exam requirement?

TOEFL scores may be waived for international students from countries where English is the official language or for non-citizens of the United States who have earned a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree or higher in the United States (or other countries where English is the official language) as indicated in the Graduate Catalog ( https://catalog.utsa.edu/policies/admission/graduate/internationalgraduatestudents/ ).

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Through coursework and practica, Ph.D. candidates develop a strong foundation in information science, learning to identify critical problems and rigorously researching their solutions.

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Tomorrow’s Information Leaders

Through coursework and practica, Ph.D. candidates develop a strong foundation in information science, learning to identify critical problems and rigorously researching their solutions. Students become well versed in the scope, origins, methods, issues and theoretical framework that define the iSchool’s uniquely interdisciplinary approach to the study of information. Ph.D. students at the iSchool come from a variety of professional experiences and academic backgrounds, such as information science, social sciences, computer science, library services, law, and information technology.

The Ph.D. program is a theoretical, research-based doctorate that focuses on creating and advancing new knowledge that will make a significant, positive difference. Research focuses on understanding human involvement with information and its social and technological ramifications. It addresses issues that affect the communication of knowledge and knowledge records among people in social, institutional and individual contexts. To learn more about Research Areas,  visit that area of our website.

As a Ph.D. student, you will benefit from a combination of mentoring, involvement in research projects with faculty as principal investigators and a culture of close collaboration with their peers. The breadth of expertise of doctoral students and faculty supports the School’s goal to produce rising academics that make original and meaningful contributions to the discipline of information science.

Program Objectives and Goals

To prepare you for a career as a scholar, researcher, teacher, change agent, and leader in the discipline of information science

To create a learning environment where the knowledge base of the discipline of information science is valued, rigorously examined and augmented

To establish a culture and infrastructure which will nurture the advancement and dissemination of new knowledge in the field of information science

To facilitate and mentor advanced study in information science

To create an environment that will nurture and promote your intellectual needs, strength and interests

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Information Technology produces frontier research on the economic, business and organizational implications of digital technologies. PhD students in the IT group are expected to acquire a solid grasp of underlying information technologies and principles of information theory, along with their organizational and economic implications. Students and faculty address research questions raised by the emerging digital economy, the transformation of organizations and markets, and opportunities for new business models.

IT is inherently multi-disciplinary. Study in this area utilizes faculty with backgrounds in economics, management science, computer science, organizational behavior and psychology. The MIT Center for Digital Business, the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and the MIT Center for Information Systems research are among the resources available to students to conduct innovative IT research in a wide variety of areas.

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The Business Information Technology (BIT) PhD program at Virginia Tech is a highly innovative and interdisciplinary program that prepares students to become leading faculty members in top-tier research universities. The program's STEM-based curriculum fuses operations management, supply chain management, management information systems, information systems, artificial intelligence, business analytics, decision science, and information technology. This allows students to produce cutting-edge, transdisciplinary research that appears in the most elite of journals, on which our faculty serve as editors and routinely publish in high volume—including but not limited to: Management Science , MIS Quarterly , Information Systems Research , Production and Operations Management, Journal of Management Information Systems , Journal of Operations Management , Journal of the Association for Information Systems , Manufacturing & Service Operations Management , Decision Support Systems, Decision Sciences, INFORMS Journal on Computing , Computers & Security, Computers and Human Behavior , and others.

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The faculty in the Business Information Technology (BIT) PhD program at Virginia Tech is consistently ranked in the top 25 in the world in all major research productivity rankings. Two of our faculty members are perennially ranked in the top 5 in the world across all forms of research rankings, and several others are also highly ranked and rising. The program is further supported by the exceptional success of the BIT department, which annually attracts over 1,500 full-time undergraduate students to its immensely popular and successful programs.

Moreover, we are supported by facilities and resources that are not typically found even at the most elite business schools. In fact, we are the only leading business school with our own massive 100,000-square-foot Decision & Data Sciences building (part of the Global Business and Analytics Campus), which houses the BIT PhD program and its faculty. In this building, we collaborate with leading computer science, statistics, and data science faculty and their PhD students, facilitating true interdisciplinary opportunities.

If you have any questions about our program or the application process, please contact us at [email protected] .

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  • Advanced GIS Lab
  • Data Science Lab
  • Innovations Design Empowerment Applications Labs (IDEA)
  • Teamwork with Information Systems and Technology

With built-in flexibility to accommodate working professionals in Information Systems & Technology, our PhD in program prepares you to conduct relevant IS&T scholarship and make lasting contributions to the academic research community.

The PhD program maintains a design-centric emphasis that focuses on solving pragmatic problems using a mixture of creative designs and existing theory. Technical courses provide the requisite skills to develop these IS&T solutions. Spanning applications in education, health, government, business, and more, our curriculum trains candidates to develop the research and analytical skills to evaluate the effectiveness of designed solutions and their impact on improving human performance and addressing societal challenges. Five available concentrations allow students to customize a track of study that best aligns with their interests and career aspirations while providing a flexible curriculum and schedule that accommodates both full-time students and working professionals.

Program Highlights

  • Advanced GIS
  • Social Learning
  • You can pursue a PhD in Information Systems & Technology in conjunction with another degree program at CGU, such as an MA in Public Policy. You earn a diploma for each degree, “double count” some units from one program to the other, and decrease your required total units.
  • Our GIS Club convenes students and professionals interested in geographic information systems (GIS) and informs the local community about the latest GIS workshops and conferences.
  • This program is STEM designated, allowing international students who hold F-1 visas to apply for OPT work authorizations for a total of 36 months (an initial 1-year period and a 24-month OPT STEM extension) of paid work experience in the U.S. after graduation.

Program at a Glance

UNITS 76 units

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

COURSES BEGIN Fall | Spring | Summer

DEGREE AWARDED PhD in Information Systems & Technology

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Introduces concepts and techniques for database design and management emphasizing the relational model, query optimization and performance tuning, and more.

Provides an understanding of modern software development principles and practices to support more advanced information systems and technology courses.

Introduces the nature of doctoral studies, the conceptual foundations for information science research, past and current research areas, and researchers in the discipline.

Provides hands-on experience in designing, conducting and writing up qualitative research while exploring issues in research on information systems questions.

Explores the design of quantitative studies (experimental and non-experimental), the development and validation of measurement instruments, sampling strategies, and more.

Develops students’ skills for implementing and evaluating the techniques and methods that are used in the various phases of design research.

Areas of Concentration

Explore how massive volumes of data can be used to solve business and societal problems through data mining, specialized programming, and other computational skills.

Develop a fresh perspective on cyber threats, hacker motivations, modern attack patterns, and next-generation mitigation solutions.

Study current IT innovations, key business strategies for internet entrepreneurs, and how to create a successful Internet startup.

Learn to develop transformative GIS solutions for organizations and companies through geographic data mapping, location-based services, and related technologies.

Study the relationship between information technology and health care services through a unique partnership with the School of Community and Global Health.

Additional Program Requirements

Research Tools Requirement

  • Primary Text Language
  • Secondary Research Language: Research Tool

Qualifying Portfolio The Qualifying Portfolio compiles activities that reflect your ability to succeed as a PhD candidate. Although you will work with your faculty advisor to create a portfolio customized to your needs, there are five required items:

  • A refereed paper published in the proceedings of a conference
  • A refereed journal article that has been published, accepted for publication, or revised and resubmitted with the student as a primary author
  • One grant proposal, consulting engagement, or related practice
  • Post-secondary teaching or mentoring
  • Service as a peer reviewer

PhD Completion

  • PhD qualifying exams
  • Dissertation proposal
  • Dissertation and oral defense

Partnerships

Esri Claremont Graduate University’s comprehensive partnership with Esri, the world’s leading supplier of geographic information systems (GIS) software, offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Scholarships for Esri employees
  • The Esri Development Center enables CGU students and faculty to teach and develop state-of-the-art applications in the university’s Advanced GIS Lab
  • GIS training and student recognition through an Esri-sponsored annual achievement award

Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance CISAT is also a Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance Member, which gives our students and researchers access to the latest technologies for use in classroom assignments and projects.

IBM Watson Analytics Academic Program To ensure students work with leading data analytics technologies, CISAT is part of the Watson Analytics Academic Program (WAP), which provides no-cost use of IBM® Watson Analytics software for classroom teaching and research

Faculty & Research

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Samir Chatterjee

Fletcher Jones Chair of Technology Design & Management

Research Interests

Design science research, Health informatics, Electronics and telecommunication engineering

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Professor of Information Systems & Technology

Management information systems, Programming, Software development, Research methods, Statistics

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Associate Professor of Information Systems & Technology

Data science, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Health Informatics, Mobile Health, Data Management, Data warehousing, Business intelligence, ICT4D

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Tamir Bechor

Research Fellow

Cybersecurity, IT leadership and management

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Chinazunwa Uwaoma

Research Assistant Professor of Information Systems & Technology

Internet of Things, Mobile Computing, Computer Communications & Networks, Healthcare Systems, Artificial Intelligence, and Cyber Security

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Wallace Chipidza

Assistant Professor of Information Systems & Technology

Dynamics of social networks, Quantum Computing and Applications, Internet Privacy, ICT4D

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20 Best Online PhD in Information Technology Programs [2024 IT Doctorate Guide]

An online PhD in information technology (IT) can help you advance your studies in one of the fastest-growing fields in America.

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Before you apply, however, there are a few things that you should know about eligibility, coursework, financial assistance, and the admissions process.

Online PhD in Information Technology Degrees

There are several ways to earn a doctorate degree in information technology. The first option is a generalist program the teaches broad, wide-ranging skills that can be applied to many different jobs. The other options involve specialized PhD programs where you are expected to concentrate your studies on a single area of expertise.

Information Technology

Information technology – cyber security.

Both of these fields offer plenty of opportunities for growth and careers to pursue.

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Information technology draws from many disciplines, including business, finance, mathematics, and computer science. A PhD program is designed to strengthen students skills in these core areas while also preparing them for high-level research projects or leadership positions in the industry.

A doctorate degree in IT comes in two forms:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Information Technology
  • Doctor of Information Technology (DIT)

Each type of online information technology degree can help you learn many of the same things, and there’s a lot of crossover between classes, internships, and fellowships. Some colleges even promote the programs interchangeably.

If you want a specific acronym after your name, however, make sure that you’re following the right academic track.

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Cybersecurity is just one of the specializations that you can focus on with a graduate degree in information technology. It is designed to teach students all about computer systems and how to build, organize, connect, modify, and defend them.

There are several sub-specialties within cybersecurity studies, including:

  • Data analytics
  • Research methods
  • Information systems

You might be required to take some or all of these courses even if you aren’t specializing. Many well-rounded cybersecurity degrees touch on many different disciplines to give students a diverse range of skills and abilities.

PhD in Information Technology Curriculum & Courses

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Your classes as a PhD student will depend on what and where you’re studying. Every degree program is different. Speaking very generally, however, here are some names that you will likely see in a course catalog:

  • Computer or Technology Foundation – Some colleges require these “entry-level” courses to make sure that you’re on par with other IT students. You might be allowed to waive them if you’ve already earned a bachelor’s or master’s in information technology.
  • Applied Research Methods – You’ll spend a lot of time reading and referencing materials as a PhD student. These classes can help you refine your methods while also teaching you how to find, organize, and present information in a professional way.
  • Data Analysis – Analytics are the backbone of an information technology degree, so you might be offered several courses in both quantitative and qualitative data analytics.
  • Information Systems – Information systems are another critical component of IT, so expect to see many high-level classes in networks, databases, algorithms, and systems administration.
  • Mathematics – Some IT programs offer graduate-level study in things like statistics and linear models. They’re usually optional unless you’re specializing in a math-heavy concentration.
  • Teacher Training Seminar – If your career goals are in the educational field, you might be required to take teacher-training courses. Be aware that they could have face-to-face requirements despite being part of an online program.
  • Cybersecurity – This is a degree in its own right, but many IT programs touch on the basics of data, privacy, and security. If you’re specializing in it, you may be able to expect advanced classes in cryptology, intrusion detection, systems design, web security, and information assurance.
  • Programming – You can take programming classes at every level of study, including the doctorate level. You’ll need them for coding, debugging, and testing software systems.
  • Dissertation Research and Preparation – Many PhD programs require a dissertation. You can usually take classes to help you prepare. They tend to offer research opportunities, technical skill-building, and academic guidance from professors, advisors, and mentors.

These few courses might be available to you if you’re seeking a PhD in information technology online. There will be plenty of others, so make sure to check out the course catalog.

PhD in Information Technology Careers & Salaries

PhD in Information Technology Careers & Salaries

Information technology can be a very profitable career. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics , computer and information systems managers make on average $151,150 per year or $72.67 per hour.

That’s just an average, too. The biggest earners in the field can take home as much as $208,000 per year or $100 per hour. Other careers can be just as rewarding:

Again, these are just averages, so be sure to look at the full ranges of what you can earn. It might be more; it might be less. You won’t get a realistic sense of a PhD in information technology salary until you look at all of the numbers.

Ultimately, these average annual salaries is what makes getting a PhD in this field worth it. The anticipated return on investment for a PhD degree is much higher than that of an accelerated information technology degree online , or even just a bachelor’s degree in IT.

Choosing an Online PhD in Information Technology Degree

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Maybe you’ve decided to take the plunge and get an online PhD in information technology. Which universities should you consider? Where do you have the best chances of being admitted to a graduate program?

While everyone has their own criteria for a good school, there are some important things that students should think about.

  • Accreditation – You’ll want to get your PhD from a reputable university. Programmatic accreditation is optional but regional and national accreditation is not.
  • Selectivity – Some graduate programs are more competitive than others. Make sure to look at all of their admission requirements, and think about applying to back-up schools in addition to your top choices.
  • Online accessibility – Can you do everything online? Will any seminars or workshops require face-to-face meetings? Are the classes synchronous or asynchronous?
  • Specializations – This doesn’t matter if you’re going for a general information technology degree, but if you want to focus your studies on something specific, this means finding a doctorate program with the courses and concentrations that are relevant to you.

No matter if you are considering an online PhD or an online master’s in information technology , a general rule of thumb is that it’s a good idea to start your college search early. Don’t wait until the last minute to start gathering materials and filling out applications. Give yourself several months to do your research, make your inquiries, and talk to other PhD candidates.

Admissions Requirements

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Admissions to a doctorate program can be quite competitive. Classes are typically kept small, and there’s usually a limited amount of funding for things like research projects and financial aid, so colleges have high standards for the PhD students that they’re willing to take on.

Here are a few things that might be required for a doctorate program:

  • College transcripts – All graduate schools will want to see your GPA. They might also look for interest and proficiency in related subjects such as computer science, data structures, software development, systems engineering, and network administration.
  • Graduate test scores – There are several standardized tests for graduate students, including the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Your school may or may not require them for admission into their IT program.
  • Resume or CV – Are you already active in the field? Would you bring any particular skills or experiences to the doctorate program? This is the place to make them known.
  • Letters of recommendation – These can come from professors, mentors, bosses, and other people in a position of authority, but they’ll hold extra weight from alumni of the school or graduate program that you’re trying to enter.
  • Statement of purpose – This is the graduate version of a personal essay. It’s your chance to sell yourself as a PhD candidate by detailing your work, education, research, career goals, and more.

At the end of the day, since every university is different, it’s important to do your homework about their individual graduate programs. They’ll have varying standards as well as their own unique practices and prerequisites.

Accreditation

PhD in Information Technology Accreditation

As a degree holder, you probably already know about the importance of college accreditation. But were you aware that it’s just as critical for graduate students as undergrads?

For starters, it can take a while to complete a PhD program. You might be in school for anywhere from 3 – 5 years, possibly longer. If you ever need to transfer, it’s important that your credits transfer with you.

Another potential issue is your eligibility for various projects and programs. You could be rejected for things like grants and research opportunities if you aren’t attending an accredited grad school. You could also struggle to find employment with an unaccredited degree.

All things considered, it’s worth the effort of finding an accredited PhD program. Here are the three types of accreditation to consider:

  • Regional accreditation
  • National accreditation
  • Programmatic accreditation

For more information, check out the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) . Not only do they explain the ins and outs of accreditation, but they also have databases, directories, and search engines for everything from individual colleges to overall program types.

PhD in Information Technology Professional Organizations

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Industry organizations can provide many resources to students and working professionals. You don’t have to join one, but their benefits are often worth their membership dues. Here are just a couple of groups that might interest you as an IT student:

  • Association of I nformation Technology Professionals – CompTIA is a network for both students and professionals in the IT world. It offers scholarships, competitions, events, products, career counseling, and more. College attendees can take advantage of a reduced-rate student membership.
  • Society for Information Management – SIM is for senior professionals in information technology. You might not qualify for membership while you’re still in school, but when you meet their criteria, you’ll have access to all kinds of legal, technical, financial, and academic benefits.

There are other organizations that welcome IT students as well, so don’t be afraid to shop around. Look for a professional network that suits your exact needs, interests, and career goals.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

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Financial aid is a little different as a graduate student, but it’s still possible to get it. Your first step should be filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You might have heard that PhD students aren’t eligible for Pell Grants anymore, but that’s only partially true; there are circumstances where low-income students can still receive it.

You may also have loan options with the FAFSA. You won’t qualify for a subsidized loan anymore, but you may be able to take out Direct Unsubsidized Loan or a Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate or Professional Students.

Outside of the FAFSA, you can look for grants, fellowships, internships, and work-study programs. Fellowships are particularly common for graduate students, so be sure to talk to your professors about opportunities.

Last but not least, consider applying for scholarships. Some are available to both undergraduate and graduate students; others are meant specifically for PhD candidates. As a future IT professional, you might have the best luck with scholarships that are earmarked for computer- and technology-based majors.

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Is There a PhD in Information Technology?

Many colleges offer a PhD program for information technology. There are also PhD programs for related disciplines such as information systems, technology management and systems engineering.

They teach many of the same skills and subjects since there’s a lot of overlap in their fields. Additionally, you can choose to specialize in something like cybersecurity or database management with your information technology degree.

What Can I Do With a PhD in Information Technology?

You can do a lot with a doctorate in information technology. It can help qualify you for high-level jobs, especially if you specialize in a niche field where your skills will be in demand.

You can pursue a career in academia or research. You can even aim for a CEO job.

How Long Does It Take to Get a PhD in Information Technology?

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It usually takes around 3 – 5 years to get a PhD in information technology. Depending on your school, your degree may require anywhere from 55 – 65 credits, and you might need to meet specialized course requirements as you go.

A highly motivated student could finish quickly, but a busy student with outside responsibilities could take longer. It all depends on your school, your schedule, and your specific doctorate program.

Can You Get an Accredited PhD in Information Technology Online?

It’s entirely possible to earn a PhD online. Many colleges have an “e-campus” where they offer the same classes with the same course requirements as their traditional, classroom-based degree programs; it’s just that all lessons are delivered virtually.

Most programs don’t mention on your transcript that you took online classes, either.

Is a PhD in Information Technology Worth It?

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Yes, a PhD in Information Technology is worth it for many students. Computer and information technology occupations are projected to grow 11% over the next 10 years, much faster than the average for all occupations. Common careers in this field include digital forensics analyst, information systems professor, data scientist, information research scientist, and IT director.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that more than 531,000 jobs will be added to the industry in the next decade. An advanced degree can open a lot of doors in this quickly-evolving field.

Another thing to consider is your return on investment (ROI). This can be calculated by subtracting the total cost of your PhD program from the salary that you expect to earn once you graduate. How long will it take to pay off your loans? When will you start turning a profit?

What Jobs Can I Get with a Doctor of Information Technology Degree?

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An online PhD in information technology can lead to many career prospects, including:

  • University professor
  • Computer or technology specialist
  • Information security analyst
  • Web developer
  • Software engineer
  • Network or database manager

You can also take your degree and apply it to IT research and development in other fields such as business, law, finance, education, and health administration. Every industry needs technology experts.

What does an Online PhD Information Technology Degree Cost?

Tuition rates can be wildly different depending on your school, location, degree type, credit load, and overall length of study. In general, however, you can expect to pay at least $300 per credit, and it usually takes around 55 – 65 credits to earn a PhD in information technology.

Just remember that these numbers are averages and not guarantees.

Universities Offering Information Technology Online Ph.D. Degree Programs

Methodology: The following school list is in alphabetical order. To be included, a college or university must be regionally accredited and offer degree programs online or in a hybrid format.

Bowling Green State University campus

  • PhD in Technology Management

Bowling Green State University  is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Capella University campus

  • PhD in Information Technology

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Capitol Technology University campus

  • PhD in Technology

Capitol Technology University  is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Universities and Schools.

City University of Seattle campus

  • Doctor of Information Technology

The City University of Seattle is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Colorado Technical University campus

  • Doctor of Management – Technology Management

Colorado Technical University  is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Dakota State University campus

  • PhD in Information Systems

Dakota State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Indiana State University campus

Indiana State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Iowa State University campus

Iowa State University  is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Liberty University campus

  • DBA in Information Systems

Liberty University  is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

North Carolina A&T State University campus

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University  is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

National University campus

  • PhD in Technology and Innovation Management

National University  is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Nova Southeastern University campus

NSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Texas Tech University campus

  • PhD in Business Administration – Management Information Systems

Texas Tech University  is accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Towson University campus

  • Doctor of Science in Information Technology

Towson University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

University of Arkansas campus

The  U of A is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

University of Bridgeport campus

The  University of Bridgeport  is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

University of Central Missouri campus

The  University of Central Missouri  is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

University of Illinois Chicago campus

  • PhD in Management Information Systems

The  University of Illinois at Chicago  is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

University of the Cumberlands campus

The University of the Cumberlands  is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Walden University campus

Walden is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Getting Your PhD in Information Technology Degree Online

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If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, an online PhD in information technology might be just what you need to stand out from the crowd.

Not only can it help you qualify for specialized, high-paying jobs, but it can also help you learn the skills that you’ll need to know to thrive in the industry. Consider contacting your local university to ask about their graduate programs for IT.

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Ph.D. in Information Systems

with Kat Campise, Data Scientist, Ph.D.

Considering a PhD in Information Systems? At the intersection of computer science, business, and information technology lies a highly specialized field poised for immense growth over the next decade. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates 16% job growth in the field by 2031, much faster than the average occupation.

This guide is designed for those interested in continuing their education following the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems or a Master’s Degree in Information Systems , highlighting the curriculum and time commitment required as well as a cost-benefit analysis to help determine if pursing a PhD in Information Systems is the right next step for your career. 

Master’s vs. a Ph.D. in Information Systems

Within the U.S. academic system, a Master’s Degree in Information Systems will lead you down the research path, to a point. Culminating in a master’s thesis, a master’s degree program typically takes 2 years to complete and is considered a shorter and less in-depth application of your coursework than a PhD. In contrast, a PhD in Information Systems program is focused on completing a lengthy dissertation and a set of rigorous exams (this last requirement differs depending on the program and university). A PhD, ultimately, is a research degree that advances a brand-new idea or innovation within the discipline. You could say that a master’s thesis is an exploratory analysis that supports a given hypothesis while PhD research is more extensive and results in a book-length and detailed exegesis of your approved topic.

Career Outlook

According to Kat Campise, Data Scientist, PhD, most PhD trajectories head straight for a career in academics where “publish or perish” is the ongoing mantra. There are exceptions as graduates of PhD programs launch or continue careers in government, finance, technology and business; advancing to positions including, but not limited to, senior information manager, chief information offer, chief technology officer, director of systems development, or director of information technology operations.

It is worth noting that a gap exists between business expectations and academic perceptions of value. The world of business is focused on the “bottom line.” Due to the widespread adoption of data science, businesses are more amenable to an academic research approach, but with the caveat that the value constraints, such as key performance indicators, risk measures, etc. continue to drive the determination as to whether a job function is providing an increase in their financial inflows while keeping costs to a minimum. Also, while a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for many entry-level positions, a master’s degree is often required to advance across most industries. Meanwhile, academia’s valuation is in how (and if) you’re pushing the research in your field of expertise forward. In academia, post-doctoral job expectations include teaching, writing, attaining grant funding, attending and presenting at conferences, and conducting research. The focus here is solely on intellectual capital rather than filling the corporate coffers.

Earning Potential

As of their May 2021 employment survey, the BLS lists the median annual salary for information systems managers as $159,010 . Entry-level information systems (IS) professionals may expect salaries closer to $95,220. However, the top 10% of IS managers often earn more than $208,000 per BLS data. Compensation depended on several factors including education, certifications, specific skill set, and years of experience.

According to Campise, whether you’ll hit the top of the pay scale after you complete an Information Systems PhD depends on where you intend on applying those learnings (i.e., industry and specialization) and how you market yourself. While those who’ve completed a doctorate tend to have higher median earnings than their master’s degree level cohorts, it is not a guarantee.

Guide to Choosing a PhD Program in Information Systems

If after reading the above you’ve decided that you’re ready to embark on the PhD in Information Systems path, then the steps below will take you through the next phase: applying to a PhD program.

Step 1: Assess your location and time commitment constraints

PhD level degrees aren’t for the faint of heart. You’ll be committing a substantial amount of mental and financial energy toward completing all coursework, attempting to publish your research, attending conferences, and following the requirements for your dissertation. Depending on the school, program, and whether you’re a full or part-time student, a typical PhD program takes an average of six years to complete.

Online vs. On Campus

An important factor to consider is whether you wish to complete your PhD through a traditional on campus program or online. While on-campus programs remain popular, numerous respected, accredited schools now offer the flexibility of online PhD programs. Online programs are ideal for working adults who require asynchronous scheduling with the option of evening or weekend classes and meetings. Many online PhD programs are hybrids that require an on-campus presence at certain points throughout the program.

When determining whether an online or in-person program is right for you, consider answering the following questions. Is there a local university that offers a PhD in Information Systems or, alternatively, a PhD in Computer Information Systems? Are you willing and/or have the financial ability to relocate for such a program? Do you have the time to travel to and from campus along with completing the research and writing? What other commitments do you have that limit the time and energy needed to complete a PhD?

Your answers should help you choose between an on campus and online program as well as jump-start your initial list of university options, which should be narrowed down before you reach the final step: applying to one or more universities.

Step 2: Review the curriculum

The PhD emphasis in most disciplines is a theoretical approach. Your academic goal as a PhD in Information Systems student is to learn and test established theories that will lead you to derive a theory of your own. As you peruse the course requirements for each potential university, you may notice the use of the term seminars . Seminars are discussion-based as opposed to traditional lectures where the professors speak at the students. It’s likely that you’ll be assigned published research papers to read, analyze, and discuss with your professor and fellow students during the class. Some PhD programs combine seminars with lectures in terms of the type of courses offered. Others may only incorporate the lecture environment. Consider your learning style while you’re reviewing the curriculum.

The course topics for a PhD in Information Systems usually include theories in information systems, qualitative and quantitative research in information systems along with technical applications via statistics, analytics, and machine learning. You’ll spend a great deal of time thoroughly learning how to conduct research in the field. Many programs offer a concentration option such as healthcare, cybersecurity or analytics.

Since a PhD course of study will consume a huge chunk of time and effort, it’s important to self-assess your level of interest. It’s extremely likely that you’ll have moments of doubt and lack of motivation at some point during the degree, says Campise, but an intense interest in a certain concentration can help carry you through the trials and tribulations.

Step 3: Perform a cost-benefit analysis

Completing a PhD comes with financial and opportunity costs. If there are ample grants or fellowships available for research, then you may be able to earn some money or reduce tuition costs while you’re completing the degree. This is not guaranteed. Working full time during a PhD might be marginally feasible. Tuition costs vary between $7,000 and more than $30,000 per year. That’s only the tuition and doesn’t include your living and travel expenses (for conferences). Attaining a graduate assistantship and/or teaching lower-level university courses can help offset the financial outflow. On the other hand, you may lose some work experience (in the business world) or need to put your job search on hold while you complete the PhD requirements. That said, it’s important to carefully weigh the sacrifices you’ll be making in the short term with the potential benefits that can occur in the long run. If you’re planning on entering or returning to the realm of private business, practice your research skills and run a search on various job sites. Review information systems jobs, their salary, and compare that to the education requirements. Can you earn significantly more with a PhD in Information Systems or by attaining a PhD in Computer Information Systems? Also, what are the factors motivating you to complete this advanced research degree?

Step 4: Analyze the admission requirements

Minimum scores on the GRE or GMAT are required for entrance to most PhD programs. International students are generally required to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS; the TOEFL tends to be the favored test for English proficiency. Each school will have their own cutoff range which is usually listed on the department’s website (wherever the PhD in Information Systems is housed). As always, official transcripts will be required, and many set a Master’s Degree in Information Systems as the minimum level of education considered as viable for program entry. This, however, is not 100% consistent. Other majors may be admissible, and in some cases a bachelor’s degree might be acceptable in lieu of a master’s degree.

Expect to spend additional money on application fees (approximately $60+). You’ll find that most applications must include a Statement of Purpose (SOP), and likely another writing sample. Some PhD applications also require the addition of a research paper that you’ve written in a prior class or have published (in a journal or a conference paper). The SOP for a PhD application should address how your research interests align with either the department or specific faculty members. You’ll likely be choosing your dissertation committee members from within the departmental faculty, so matching their research focus is particularly important. Research interests evolve throughout the degree, but it’s ok to focus on a specific area when applying.

On Campus Listings

Arizona State University  – Tempe, Arizona PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems Program Length:  84 Semester hours Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $11,864 (Resident), $23,372 (Non-resident) Course  Offerings

Auburn University  – Auburn, Alabama Ph.D. in Business-Information Systems Program Length:  28 Credit hours Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $1361 per hour credit (Resident) $2,431 per hour credit (Non-resident) Course  Offerings

Baylor University  – Waco, Texas PhD in Information Systems Program Program Length:  54 credit hours Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $22,400.2 estimate tuition and required fees per semester Course Offerings

Carnegie Mellon University  – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Ph.D. Studies in Information Systems & Management Program Length:  54 credit hours Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $27,396 Course Offerings

Colorado Technical University  – Manitou Springs, Colorado Ph.D. Studies in Information Systems & Management Program Length:  100 credit hours Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:   Not required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $598 per credit hour Course Offerings

Drexel University  – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania PhD in Information Science Program Length:  24 post-master’s course credits Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Not Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $1,265 per credit hour Course Offerings

Emory University  – Atlanta, Georgia PhD Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM) Program Length:  4 years Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $20,900 per semester Course Offerings

Florida State University  – Tallahassee, Florida Management Information Systems  Program Length:  27-33 credit hours yearly Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $479.32 per credit hour (resident) $1,110.72 per credit hour (non-resident) Course Offerings

Georgia State University  – Atlanta, Georgia Information Systems Program Length:  66 credits Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  Tuition will be completely covered if you are accepted into this program. For out-of-state graduate students, this represents a benefit of approximately $49,000 per year if you register for fall, spring and summer. Course Offerings 

Harrisburg University  – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems Engineering & Management Program Length:  30 credit hours per semester Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $800 per semester hour Course Offerings 

Indiana University – Bloomington, Indiana PhD in Information Systems  Program Length:  40.5 credit hours Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $1,330 per credit hour Course Offerings 

Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa PhD in Information Systems  Program Length:  74 credits Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $10,504 (Resident), $23,790 (Non-resident) Course Offerings 

Michigan State University – East Lansing, Michigan PhD in Business Information Systems Program Length:  30 credit hours Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $769.50 per credit (Resident), $1,498.50 (Non-resident) Course Offerings

Mississippi State University – Mississippi State, Mississippi PhD in Business Information Systems Program Length:  71-74 credit hours Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $4,325 per term Course Offerings

New Jersey Institute of Technology – Newark, New Jersey Ph.D. in Information Systems Program Length:  33-48 credits Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $31,074 (resident) $40,802 (non-resident) Course Offerings   

New York University – New York, New York Doctoral Program in Information Systems Program Length:  5 years Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $111,616 (based on nine month academic year) Course Offerings 

Nova Southeastern University – Fort Lauderdale, Florida PhD in Information Systems  Program Length:  64 Credit hours Delivery Method:  Campus or Hybrid GRE Required:  Not Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $12,075 per term Course Offerings 

Purdue University – West Lafayette, Indiania PhD Management Information Systems Program Length:  4 Years Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  Tuition-waiver and other funding opportunities are provided for the entire four-year duration Course Offerings

Rutgers University – Newark, New Jersey Ph.D. in Accounting Information Systems Program Length: 72 credits Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $8,616.00 term (Resident) $14,652.00 term (Non-resident) Course Offerings

Temple University  – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania PhD Management Information Systems Program Length:  4 Years Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  All admitted students receive full financial support including tuition and stipend Course Offerings

Texas Tech University  – Lubbock, Texas Ph.D. in Business Administration, Concentration in Management Information Systems Program Length:  60 Semester credits Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $326 per credit (resident) $741 per credit (non-resident) Course Offerings

University of Arizona  – Tucson, Arizona Management Information Systems Program Length:  42 units Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $837 per unit (resident), $1,781 per unit (non-resident) Course Offerings

University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, Arkansas Information Systems PhD Program Length:  72 graduate semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree and 42 graduate-only semester hours beyond the master’s degree Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:   $23,548 per academic year (resident), $40,766 per academic year (non-resident) Course Offerings 

University of Colorado Denver  – Denver, Colorado PhD. Computer Science and Information Systems  Program Length:  60 course hours Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $10​,760 per year (Resident) $31,640 per year (Non-resident) Course Offerings 

University of Georgia  – Athens, Georgia PhD in Business Administration (Management Information Systems) Program Length:  5 years Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $363 Credit hour (Resident), $1,029 Credit hour (Non-resident) Course Offerings 

University of Houston  – Houston, Texas Ph.D. in Management Information Systems (MIS) Program Length:  51 credit hours Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  Students receive a tuition waiver for four years (less student-paid fees). It is recommended to have a “fund” of $5,000 designated for paying the tuition every semester which will be reimbursed. Course Offerings 

  University of Illinois at Chicago  – Chicago, Illinois PhD in Management Information Systems Program Length:  60 Semester Hours Delivery Method:  Campus or Online GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $10,716 (in-state), $12,853 (out of state) per semester Course Offerings 

University of Iowa  – Iowa City, Iowa PhD in Management Sciences Program Length:  72 Semester Hours Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  100% covered tuition cost and fees Course Offerings =

University of Maryland  – College Park, Maryland Information Systems PhD Program Length:  42 Credits Minimum Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $717.00 per credit (resident), $1,548.00 per credit (non-resident) Course Offerings

University of Maryland Baltimore County  – Baltimore, Maryland Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems Program Length:  5 area courses Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $640.00 per credit (Maryland resident), $1,099.00 per credit (non-resident) Course Offerings 

University of Massachusetts-Amherst  – Amherst, Massachusetts PhD Program in Information Systems Program Length:  45 credits Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Not Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $8,262.00 Total Tuition & fees for 12+ credits (resident), $16,812.50 Total Tuition & fees for 12+ credits (non-resident) Course Offerings 

  University of Memphis  – Memphis, Tennessee Ph.D. in Management Information Systems Program Length:  60 hours (minimum) Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:  $609.00 per credit (TN Resident), $801.00 per credit (Non-TN Resident) Course Offerings 

University of Michigan-Dearborn – Dearborn, Michigan Ph.D. in Information Systems Engineering  Program Length:  50 hours Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Not Required 2020-2021 Tuition:   $406 per credit hour (Resident), $778 per credit hour (non-resident) Course Offerings 

University of North Carolina Charlotte – Charlotte, North Carolina Ph.D. in Computing and Information Systems Program Length:  72 post baccalaureate credit hours Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:   $2,168.50 for 9+ Credit Hour (NC resident), $8,885.50 for 9+ Credit Hour (NC resident) Course Offerings 

University of North Carolina Greensboro – Greensboro, North Carolina Ph.D. in Information Systems Program Length:  71-84 credit hours Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:   $3,700 per semester (in-state), $10,600 per semester (out-of-state) Course Offerings 

University of North Texas – Denton, Texas Information Systems Ph.D. Program Program Length:  Minimum of 69 hours of graduate credit beyond the Master’s degree or 99 hours of graduate credit beyond the Bachelor’s degree. Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:   $21,646 annual cost (resident), $29,332 annual cost (non-resident) Course Offerings 

University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ph.D information systems (IS) Program Length:  16 course credits are required for graduation Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Not Required 2020-2021 Tuition:   $39,470 plus the general fees and health insurance per academic year Course Offerings 

University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PhD in Information Systems and Technology Management Program Length:  12 Courses Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:   $1,308 per credit Course Offerings 

University of Rochester – Rochester, New York PhD in Business Administration major in Computers and Information Systems Program Length:  90 credit hours Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:   $1,925 per credit Course Offerings 

  University of South Florida – Tampa, Florida PhD in Business Administration Information Systems Concentration Program Length:  Minimum of 90 Credit Hours beyond the Bachelor’s Degree Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:   $431.43 per credit (resident), $863.64 per credit (non-resident) Course Offerings

University of Texas at Austin – Austin, Texas Information Systems Doctoral Program Program Length:  4 to 5 years Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:   $5,530 per semester (resident), $19,365 per semester (non-resident) Course Offerings

University of Texas at San Antonio – San Antonio, Texas Ph.D. in Information Technology Program Length:  84 semester credit hours Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:   $705.45 per semester credit hour (resident), $1,640.58 per semester credit hour (non-resident) Course Offerings 

  University of Texas Dallas – Dallas, Texas PhD in Management Science, Information Systems Concentration Program Length:  4 to 5 years Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:   $29,286 – $29,740 Total (resident), $53,128 – $54,364 Total (non-resident) Course Offerings 

University of Utah – Salt Lake City, Utah Ph.D. in Business Administration with a major field in Information Systems Program Length:  55 degree hours minimum Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:   $264.06 per credit hour (resident), $929.38 per credit hour (non-resident) Course Offerings 

University of Washington – Seattle, Washington Information Systems PhD Specialization Program Length:  30 Credits Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:   $16,590 annual tuition (resident), $20,881 annual tuition (non-resident) Course Offerings  

Washington State University – Pullman, Washington PhD in Management Information Systems Concentration Program Length:  37 Credits Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required 2020-2021 Tuition:   $23,485 per academic year (resident), $37,721 per academic year (non-resident) Course Offerings

Walton College – Fayetteville, Aarkansas PhD in Management Information Systems Concentration Program Length:  72 Credits Delivery Method:  Campus GRE Required:  Required Tuition : $23,548 per academic year (resident), $40,766 per academic year (non-resident) Course Offerings

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University of Bridgeport – Bridgeport, Connecticut PhD Technology Management Delivery Method:  Online GRE Required:   minimum score of 155 in both Verbal and Quantitative Tuition : $31,305 per year Course Offerings

Capella University PhD in Information Technology Delivery Method : Online with in-person research seminars GRE Required : No Tuition : $965 per credit, $2,895 Comprehensive exam, Dissertation $2,895 per quarter Course Offerings

Capitol Technology University PhD in Technology Delivery Method: Online GRE Required : No Tuition: $933 per credit Course Offerings

University of the Cumberlands – Williamsburg, Kentucky PhD Information Systems Delivery Method:  Online GRE Required:   Tuition : $500/credit hour + $50 technology fee per Bi-term Course Offerings

Dakota State University – Madison, South Dakota PhD Information Systems Delivery Method:  Online GRE Required : Yes, taken within the last 5 years. Exceptions granted for those who meet specific prerequisites. Tuition : $34,500 Course Offerings

Northcentral University PhD Information Systems Delivery Method : Online GRE Required : No Tuition : $68,365 Course Offerings

Syracuse University Doctor of Professional Studies in Information Management Delivery Method : Online GRE Required : No Tuition : Scholarships, grants and fellowships available Course Offerings

Walden University PhD in Management Information Systems Management specialization Delivery Method : Hybrid GRE Required : No Tuition : $68,360 – $144,220 Course Offerings

2021 US Bureau of Labor Statistics salary and employment figures for computer and information systems managers reflect national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary. Data accessed January 2023.

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Ph.D. in Technology Management

Technology management is now accepting ph.d. applications for fall 2024 admission consideration. .

The Technology Management doctoral program is designed to produce exceptional scholars with a deep knowledge of technology’s effects on organizations and work, technological change, technology entrepreneurship, and technology-enabled innovation who will go on to conduct research and teach at top universities across the country and around the world.

The deadline to submit your application for Fall 2024 admission consideration is January 15, 2024 (11:59 PM Pacific Time). Please read on for program details and/or reach out directly to Nelson Phillips, Ph.D. Faculty Graduate Advisor, with your questions and to learn more about the program.  Click here to show mail address

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Technology Management invites you to explore the crucial role of technology and technological change in work, organizations, and society. Nelson Phillips , Faculty Graduate Advisor, Ph.D. Program

Curious about how technology and technological change influence people, organizations, and society? The Ph.D. program in Technology Management provides students with a vibrant interdisciplinary environment where they have the opportunity to work with leading scholars in organizational behavior, organization theory, technology management, entrepreneurship, and innovation. If you are interested in technology, regardless of whether you have a background in the social sciences, physical sciences, management, or engineering, we encourage you to apply. Technology Management is accepting applications for its 2024 Cohort on September 14, 2023. The deadline to submit your application is January 15, 2024 (11:59 PM Pacific Time).

Interested in applying? Please read on for program details and/or reach out to Nelson Phillips ,   Ph.D. Faculty Graduate Advisor, to learn more. Click here to show mail address

Technology Management is an academic discipline focused on understanding technology and technology’s effects on society, including how technology is shaping organizations and work, the process of technological change, technology entrepreneurship, and technology-enabled innovation.

The Ph.D. program in Technology Management provides students interested in technology and its role in society with a vibrant interdisciplinary environment where they have the opportunity to work with leading scholars in organizational behavior, organization theory, technology management, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Applicants will be expected to follow their interests and develop their own research program under the guidance of faculty.

We seek excellent students who aspire to become exceptional scholars and go on to research and teach at top universities across the country and around the world. You would fit our program well if you are interested in technology, regardless of whether you have a background in the social sciences, physical sciences, management, or engineering.

The program is designed to prepare students for an academic career as tenure-track professors. Graduates go on to research and teach at top universities across the country and around the world. 

All applications must be received by January 15, 2024, at 11:59 PM PST.

All applications require a non-refundable application fee. If you are a US citizen or Permanent Resident, the application fee is $135; for all others, the application fee is $155. No application will be processed until the application fee has been received. This fee can be paid by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or with a check/money order using the Check/Money Order Submission Form found on the last page of the application.

Application fee waivers are available to qualified U.S. citizens and permanent resident applicants through UCSB’s Graduate Division, not the Department. International applicants are not eligible for fee waivers. If you are eligible, you must apply for the fee waiver at the end of your application on the payment page. Fee waivers take approximately two weeks to be approved, so please apply early.

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We seek students who want to become exceptional scholars and who will go on to research and teach at top universities across the country and around the world. You would fit our program well if you are interested in technology-related work regardless of whether you have a background in the social sciences, physical sciences, management or engineering.

Our program integrates organizational studies with technology and innovation studies in an interdisciplinary environment that transcends the distinctions between disciplines. If you come from a technology or scientific background we will teach you about the importance of organizations and social systems. If you have a social science or management background you will learn to understand the role of technology and innovation in shaping organizational action.

The job market for interdisciplinary Ph.Ds. with training in technology and organizations is expected to be strong over the next decade. We anticipate that most graduates will pursue academic positions in Schools of Communication (where the study of organization and technology is increasing swiftly), in Schools of Information (which are being rapidly founded across the country), in Schools of Engineering (that are increasingly interested in the social aspects of technical work), and in Business Schools (where the study of technology innovation and entrepreneurship is growing). Unlike the demand for Ph.D. tenure track faculty in many other disciplines, the number of tenure track openings in these schools exceeds the number of Ph.Ds. awarded each year, and that gap is increasing.

UCSB is world renowned for its interdisciplinary culture. Faculty and students are encouraged to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and to pioneer exciting new interdisciplinary fields and programs. The Technology Management Program is just such a program. Our faculty is world renowned for its commitment to interdisciplinarity. The faculty have backgrounds that range from engineering and management to the social sciences. We encourage our students to explore courses and to make links to faculty in the social sciences, environmental science, and other engineering departments. The Technology Management Program is housed in the College of Engineering ranked as the number one in the world among public universities for engineering research. The National Research Council ranks all the College of Engineering’s research programs among the top five for their disciplines.

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Stephen Barley, Distinguished Professor, Technology Management

Barley has written over 100 articles on the impact of new technologies on work, the organization of technical work, and organizational culture. He is currently researching corporate power in the United States, artificial intelligence and work. His PhD is from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and he was formerly on the faculty at Cornell University and Stanford School of Engineering.

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Matt Beane, Assistant Professor, Technology Management

Beane studies the impact of introducing machine intelligence—and specifically robotics—into the workplace. Matt has done extensive field research in settings such as robotic surgery and robotic materials transport. His PhD is from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Prior to academia, he worked as a strategic advisor with several robotics startups.

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Gary S. Hansen, Associate Professor, Technology Management

Hansen joined the University of California Santa Barbara as Associate Dean for the College of Engineering to build a new educational and research program in technology management and entrepreneurship within the College of Engineering in 2003. Professor Hansen’s current teaching interests include technology-based startups and corporate intrapreneurship.  

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Paul Leonardi, Professor, D epartment Chair

Leonardi is the Chair of the Technology Management Department. His research, teaching, and consulting focus on helping companies to create and share knowledge more effectively. He has authored more than 50 articles on how implementing new technologies and harnessing the power of informal social networks can help companies take advantage of their knowledge assets to create innovative products and services. His PhD is from Stanford, and was previously on the faculty at Northwestern University.

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Kyle Lewis, Professor, Technology Management

Lewis’ research on team performance and innovation is internationally recognized. Her current research focuses on AI “team members” in new product development. She teaches courses on collaborative innovation. Her PhD is from the University of Maryland, MS from Carnegie-Mellon University, and dual-BS in computer science and mathematics from Duke University. She was previously on the faculty at University of Texas at Austin, and prior to academia was a consultant with Gartner Group, and a software team manager.

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Nelson Phillips, Professor, Technology Management

Phillips’ has written over 200 articles and 6 books that cut across organization theory, innovation, and technology. He teaches courses on leadership, strategy, and teamwork. His PhD is from University of Alberta, and was previously on the faculty at Cambridge, McGill, and Imperial College London. His BS is in EE/CS from the University of Calgary and prior to academia worked as an engineer.

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Renee Rottner, Assistant Professor, Technology Management

Rottner’s research focuses on the dynamics of innovation, including NASA projects, semiconductor startups, and Federal nanotechnology initiatives. She teaches courses on organizational behavior and negotiations. Her PhD is from UC-Irvine, and was previously on the faculty at New York University. Prior to academia, she co-founded an electro-optics company and an avatar-based educational platform for science education. 

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Jessica J. Santana, Assistant Professor, Technology Management

Santana studies the role of networks in innovation and entrepreneurship in settings including synthetic biology and cryptocurrency crowdfunding. She develops computational techniques to conduct her research. Her PhD is from Stanford in Sociology, and an M.Sc. Information Science from UC-Berkeley. Prior to academia, she was a Senior Product Manager at Electronic Arts, a consultant with Monitor Group, and a cofounder of a mobile augmented reality startup.

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Mary Tripsas, Professor, Technology Management

Tripsas is a leading management scholar whose research and teaching focus on disruptive technological innovation and entrepreneurship. Her PhD is from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, MBA from Harvard, and B.S. in Computer Science and Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana. Previously, she was on the faculty at Harvard Business School, Wharton (U Penn), and Boston College. Prior to academia, she was a consultant for the Monitor Group and worked as a software and sales engineer for IBM.

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Danielle Bovenberg, Ph.D. Student

Bovenberg earned her BA in Social Sciences with a minor in Statistics from Utrecht University in 2013 and her MSc. in Culture, Organization and Management from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2015. Her interests include organizational power, transparency in the workplace, high-risk technologies, and occupational prestige. 

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Dylan Kreis, Ph.D. Student

Kreis received his MS in Information Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and his BBA in Economics and Management Information Systems from Baylor University. His interests include the impact of new technologies on workers and the nature of work within organizations.

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Roni Shen, Ph.D. Student

Shen earned her BS in Aquatic Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has since worked in fields such as fisheries management, veterinary medicine and organizational development. Her interests include the impacts of remote work on team dynamics, diversity in the tech industry, and work culture within organizations.

Virginia Leavall

Job Upon Graduating: Assistant Professor, Judge Business School, Cambridge University

Dissertation: The future isn’t what it used to be: Anticipatory organizing in the digital transformation of water infrastructure.

Primary Advisor:  Paul Leonardi

Dr. Leavell’s research focuses on the relationship between organizational anticipation and digital technologies. Her research investigates both how ideas about the future influence work and organizing during the lead-up to the implementation of digital technologies and also how organizations use digital technologies to make predictions about the future. She uses ethnographic methods and social network analysis. Her dissertation investigated anticipatory organizing in the context of water infrastructure management. Dr. Leavell has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara.

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1. Statement of Purpose

Give a brief statement outlining your reasons for undertaking a graduate program, your particular area of specialization within the major field (in which you majored as an undergraduate or master's student), your past academic work, and your plans for future occupation or profession. Also include any additional information that may assist the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UC Santa Barbara. In your Statement of Purpose, please clearly emphasize your research interests, experience, and goals.

2. Personal History and Diversity Statement

UC Santa Barbara is interested in a diverse and inclusive graduate student population. Please describe any aspects of your personal background, accomplishments, or achievements that you feel are important in evaluating your application for graduate study. For example, please describe if you have experienced economic challenges in achieving higher education, such as being financially responsible for family members or dependents, having to work significant hours during undergraduate schooling or coming from a family background of limited income. Please describe if you have any unusual or varied life experiences that might contribute to the diversity of the graduate group, such as fluency in other languages, experience living in bicultural communities, academic research interests focusing on cultural, societal, or educational problems as they affect underserved segments of society, or evidence of an intention to use the graduate degree toward serving disadvantaged individuals or populations.

3. Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

List your positions of employment or volunteer work/community service since high school, either full or part-time, including the hours per week worked and the nature and dates of employment or service.

4. Supplemental Document: Writing Sample

A writing sample of no more than 40 pages in length. Writing samples should be substantial papers written in English in an upper-division or graduate class.

Document Uploads

UC Santa Barbara accepts PDF and Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx) documents for upload in the online application. The maximum file size allowed is 4 MB per document. You may view and replace documents you have uploaded. Once you click the "Lock" button, you will not be able to replace what you have uploaded. Please preview each document carefully to ensure you have uploaded the correct documents. Graduate Division and departmental staff will not be able to replace documents for you once you have locked a document.

Documents must be uploaded to the online application absolutely no later than 11:59 PM Pacific Time by the application deadline. Documents received after 11:59 PM on the departmental application deadline may be considered ineligible for review, and your application may be marked as Incomplete, and therefore unreviewable, by the department. The application fee is non-refundable for incomplete applications.

Three letters of recommendation are required as part of your application (at least two from professors). You will be asked to supply the name, email address, and current institution of each recommender. Once supplied, the online application will provide instructions to each of your recommenders via email.

If you are using a Letter Service (such as Interfolio or a university career center) to submit one or more letters, you will be able to indicate this information within the recommender profile. UCSB needs a rating on our rating scale from each recommender you indicate. If the letter will come from a letter service, we will only request the necessary rating from your recommender.

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Online submission is the preferred method for submitting letters of recommendation. If your recommender is unable to submit a letter online, a letter of recommendation may be sent directly to the Technology Management Program address below. A Letter of Recommendation Coversheet must accompany the letter. You must still add the recommender's information to your online application.

University of California, Santa Barbara Technology Management Program 1333 Phelps Hall, MC 5129 Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5129

You are required to upload an official transcript created by your university. This transcript will be used to review and evaluate your application. Scan and upload all pages of your official transcript from this institution (including the grading scale, which may be on the backside of the transcript). The uploaded transcript must be an official transcript, produced by the university with all appropriate seals/stamps. Remove your Social Security Number by crossing/blacking out numbers before uploading (if applicable).

International Applicants: Please include your degree certificate within the same file if you have received your degree. You must upload both the original language transcript and certified English translation. English transcripts are required and must be a complete, exact and literal translation of the original transcripts. English translations must be provided by the school or an official agency.

Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). Official transcripts must be sent to the UC Santa Barbara Graduate Division by mail directly from the school in the institution's sealed envelope. Final/Official transcripts must be received before the first day of instruction of the quarter to which you are admitted.

GRE or GMAT

For all tests, UCSB reviews only the most recent and complete set of test scores reported. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. Official GRE scores are those submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Official GRE test scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which the test was taken (July 1–June 30). The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) will serve as an acceptable alternative. There are no minimum required GRE or GMAT scores; however the ideal applicant will score in the top 20 percent of each test. 

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). An excellent command of written and spoken English is required prior to enrollment at UCSB.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or the IELTS. The university minimum TOEFL score requirement is 550 when taking the paper based test (PBT) and 80 when taking the internet based test (IBT). The university minimum IELTS score for consideration is an Overall Band Score of 7. Departments may require a higher minimum score for either test. Official test score dates must be within two years from the day the applicant submits the online graduate application.

Exemptions will be considered for students who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution whose official language of instruction is English. Applicants must provide final/official transcripts indicating (1) completion of the degree program and (2) English as the official language of instruction. Please contact the Technology Management Program if you have any questions.

TOEFL Reporting Applicants taking the TOEFL must make arrangements directly with the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Instruct ETS to report scores to UCSB at institution code 4835.  The online application requires you to enter the Test Date and sixteen digit Registration Number found on your official Report of Scores from ETS.

IELTS Reporting Applicants taking the IELTS must make arrangements directly with IELTS for testing and score reporting. UCSB prefers paper test reports from IELTS.  Please have paper test reports sent to the Graduate Division:

UCSB Graduate Division   Attn: Graduate Admissions 3117 Cheadle Hall   Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2070

If you choose to have you scores reported electronically you must email using the form below with a notification that your scores have been reported online.  Provide your Centre Number, Candidate Number, and Test Date in your email. The online application requires you to enter the Centre Number, Candidate Number, and Date found on your Test Report Form from IELTS.

All applications require a non-refundable application fee of $135 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $155 for international applicants. No application will be processed until the application fee has been received. This fee can be paid by credit card or with a check/money order using the Check/Money Order Submission Form found on the last page of the application.

Fee Waivers A limited number of application fee waivers are available to qualified U.S. citizens and permanent residents who demonstrate evidence of financial need or proof of participation in an undergraduate research program. McNair Scholars and Project 1000 applicants are among those eligible. Fee waivers are not available to international applicants.

You may apply for a fee waiver through the online application. This is reviewed by the Graduate Division. Graduate Division will notify you via online application if they will grant you the fee waiver request or not. Within your application, click on the Payment Information tab and scroll down to the fee waiver information. Submit your request online by selecting the option relevant to you and uploading your supporting documentation. You must submit your fee waiver request at least two weeks before the application deadline. Do not submit a fee waiver request the day before the application deadline; it will not be processed, and your application will not be reviewed.

It is important that proposed departments are notified of any changes in your address, phone number, or e-mail address during the application process. Otherwise, important notifications regarding applications, missing supporting materials, or admissions decisions may be seriously delayed or lost. Departments will notify the Graduate Division of any changes.

Please note that once your application has been submitted, you cannot make changes to the content of your online application. Please review your application carefully before submitting and print out a copy for your files.

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Department of Information Systems

College of engineering and information technology, doctor of philosophy in information systems.

The Graduate School at UMBC is located in the heart of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, a premier location known for its flourishing tech industry.

Our Ph.D. is one of the few programs that approaches Information Systems in a holistic sense, including the social and political elements of building and maintaining complex, large-scale systems. We have a diverse, multicultural faculty and student body that practices an interdisciplinary and applied approach to Information Systems.

Our well-renowned full-time faculty is involved with a wide variety of externally funded projects and they are also proudly featured in top scholarly venues.

Admission Requirements

  •  The majority of successful applicants have an undergraduate GPA well above 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • The IS Ph.D. program builds on an understanding of the design, development, analysis, and use of computer-based information systems. Successful applicants will have demonstrated aptitude and/or interest in one or more of these areas. In addition, applicants should have or be willing to acquire the necessary competence in some of the following areas depending on their research concentration: statistical analysis, experimental design, programming, databases and data mining, computational analysis, in order to conduct sophisticated research at the doctoral level.

We currently accept Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), and PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English). The minimum acceptable combined TOEFL score is 550 (written), 213 (computer based) or 80 (iBT-Internet based). The TOEFL code for UMBC is  5835 . For IELTS, the minimum acceptable total score is 6.5. A minimum score of 53 is required on the PTE Academic test. We will also accept Duolingo English test. The minimum required score is 115.

  • GRE scores are optional: The IS department is multi-disciplinary with faculty of varied research interests. While the GRE is not required, it is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your capabilities. The importance of the GRE in the admissions process may vary substantially by subject area. Whether or not you submit the GREs, you are required to demonstrate analytical and writing skills as described in the second bullet in the SOP section.
  • What research area are you interested in? Why would you like to work in that particular area?  What aspects of your background will prepare you to work in that area? What are your career goals? What prior experience do you have in conducting/assisting in research?
  • You are required to demonstrate analytical and writing skills, for example, through GREs, industry experience, research experience, certifications, challenging professional or academic projects, coursework performance, papers or articles published, achievements in national or international contests, hackathons, and/or code/visualizations you have created. You can use additional documents to show evidence of some of these qualities.
  • Also, look on the web for information about the professors and their research. Indicate which research area(s) you are interested in working in, perhaps commenting on the interdisciplinary nature of your interests.
  • You are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty members with whom you are interested in working and discuss with them about your background and interests.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary schools (Electronic Transcripts: If you are submitting transcripts electronically, please forward to Kathie Nee, [email protected], for domestic applications and to Scott Philips, [email protected],  for international applications.
  • The UMBC Graduate School will accept official WES ICAP Course-by-Course evaluations as fulfillment of the requirement for official transcripts in the admissions process.

The deadlines for the Ph.D. program are:

  • Fall semester: January 7
  • Spring semester: September 1

All application materials must be submitted by the deadline. Only applications that are complete by the deadline, with all required documents, are considered. Upon request, incomplete applications will be kept open for the following semester’s admission decisions.

If you need any further information please contact Shannon Carey (Keegan), Graduate Programs Manager, [email protected] .

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Top 15 Most Affordable Online Information Technology PhD Programs

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If you’re are interested in pursuing a PhD in information technology, but the cost is holding you back, we can help! We rank the most affordable online PhD degree programs in IT here.

Key Takeaways

  • PhDs in information technology are rarely offered online, and many are known for their high tuition costs.
  • The most popular alternatives for a PhD in information technology are doctoral programs in computer science, information systems, instructional technology, and DBAs in information systems or information technology.
  • The most affordable online doctorate degrees in information technology take between 3 and 7 years.

Many technological occupations may not require college degrees, and they aren’t a reliable predictor of future success. However, employers today continue to demand that all working professional hold degrees, and a doctorate degree can boost your career exponentially.

Entry-level managerial positions in information technology might only require a master’s degree and a few years of experience. But if you want to explore career options in academia and research and gain more employment prospects, an online doctoral degree program in information technology will be your key to getting there.

However, online PhDs in Information Technology are very rare and can be costly!

Fortunately, several affordable online doctoral programs cover topics similar to a doctorate in information technology, such as computer science and information systems. The cheapest online doctoral programs also include doctorate degrees in business administration (DBA) that focus on information technology or information systems.

Many of these online degree programs are significantly lower in cost than most in terms of tuition, and offer financial aid options to qualified students.

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What is a doctorate degree in information technology.

An online doctorate degree program in information technology is a top-tier academic program that requires applicants to have a strong background in computer science, information technology, or a related discipline.

PhD students seeking an online doctorate degree in IT will take popular foundational courses such as statistical analysis, database administration, AI, and cybersecurity, among others. They will also take advanced courses and perhaps specialize in one area of information technology or computer science.

Students in PhD degree programs must also research, write, and defend their dissertation.

The entire process from beginning the program to graduation can take up to seven years or longer.

Career Opportunities with an Online Doctorate in Informational Technology

Online doctoral degree IT programs are created to provide students with the knowledge and abilities necessary to become agents of social and corporate change. The coursework generally focuses on planning, administration, and IT implementation. Successful applicants can become agents of change in the technology and business sectors.

Popular career paths for a graduate with a doctorate degree in information technology include:

  • Chief information officer
  • Organization leader
  • High-level lecturer or researcher

What is the difference between an online PhD program in information technology, information systems, and computer science?

While information technology (IT) and information systems (IS) do overlap, they are not entirely the same. IS incorporates the technology, people, and processes connected with information. Information technology deals with the design and implementation of information, or data, within the information system.

On the other hand, computer science studies programming and computing.

Students often can find themselves comparing computer science and information systems. While the two degrees can also overlap, students who enroll in computer science programs typically gain a deeper understanding of how computers are made and how computation works.

On the other hand, information systems students will have a more in-depth grasp of the technical and functional parts of the technology that make up computers and other gadgets.

Computer science might be what you’re searching for if you’re more drawn to the possibilities of what you can accomplish with computers. IT is more appropriate for you if you’re curious about how computers function. IS is for people who want to understand how businesses use computers to operate effectively and efficiently.

Making an Online PhD in Information Technology as Affordable as Possible

No matter what doctorate degree program you choose, there are a number of ways to ensure that your program is as affordable as possible.

In-state Tuition

The cost of online doctoral programs in information technology vary based on several factors. Most colleges and universities charge more for out-of-state students. However, there are some schools that offer flat-rate tuition, which means that in-state and out-of-state students pay the same per credit cost.

Other Expenses

Earning an online doctorate in information technology degree as opposed to a traditional on-campus doctorate degree makes it possible to save money on expenses like housing, transportation, and certain campus fees.

Continue Working

Online doctoral programs often make it possible to continue working in your field, which means you can complete your degree program while still earning a living. This can ultimately reduce your dependence on student loan debt.

Earning a PhD in information technology through online doctoral programs is a great option for busy professionals who want to continue their education while juggling work and family life.

Financial Aid, Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

If affordability is a particular concern, and it is making you reluctant to pursue an online PhD in information technology, you may be able to take advantage of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, and loans.

For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid website. It is especially important that you choose online doctoral programs that are accredited in order to qualify.

Assistantships

Many schools offering an online PhD doctoral degree in information technology also have assistantship opportunities for their graduate students. Assistantships may give teaching opportunities in exchange for tuition waivers and a stipend. Each school is different, so check into the online iformation technology doctorate degree program you are interested in.

Bottom Line: An affordable online PhD in information technology doctoral degree is possible when you factor in things like in-state tuition, financial aid, grants, and assistantships.

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The University of Missouri, or Mizzou, is known for its ground-breaking research and top-notch traditional and online education. Striving for greatness through perseverance and cooperation, Mizzou offers several affordable online doctorate degree programs.

Mizzou’s affordable online PhD Information Science & Learning Technologies allow students to pursue interdisciplinary routes. Coursework of this online doctoral degree prepares graduates to qualify for professional paths in higher education, public policy, and public and private research in various sectors.

Applicants with a master’s degree in a related field enroll for 42 credit hours at an average cost of $21,441.00. However, non-IT master’s degree applicants must complete 72 credit hours, costing an average of $36,756.00.

  • Required Credits: 42-72
  • Completion time: 5 years
  • Format: Online

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GMU offers an affordable $793.25 per credit hour PhD designed for students interested in using information technology in their biology careers. The online PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology helps students use computer technology to comprehend and utilize biological and biomedical data effectively.

Graduates of this doctorate will be responsible for storing, analyzing, and interpreting the Big Data gathered during clinical settings or as a result of life or health sciences investigations.

What we love about George Mason University

Students may share numerous ideas and observe a variety of viewpoints on everything because the campus has such a diverse cultural population.

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Are loving and culture-sensitive.

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Florida International University is one of the most prominent public research colleges in the United States that prepare students for academic, social, and professional success. To allow working adult students to achieve their professional goals, FIU created their online school that offers over 30 100% online programs and dozens of hybrid programs.

FIU offers an affordable IT-related PhD program. The online PhD in Computer Science is designed for IT students interested in gaining expertise in designing and building computers and computer programs.

Students should be able to define computer challenges and create new, cutting-edge technologies as creative answers to various technological difficulties. Graduates will develop the skills necessary to contribute autonomously to research and development in a particular field of computer science.

  • Required Credits: 75

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Liberty University has been a leader in distance learning since its founding in 1985. Liberty’s online program gives you access to the same high-caliber course offerings as its on-campus program in Lynchburg, Virginia, but in a more flexible format. Additionally, the university is renowned for its low cost and excellent student support.

One of Liberty University’s top-tier online degree programs at the graduate level is the online Doctor of Business Administration in Information Systems , costing only $595 per credit hour .

This degree was specifically designed for students who want to emerge in the technological aspect of a business. This DBA concentration equips doctoral students with the tools they need to develop original solutions for business and technology problems.

  • Required Credits: 60
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The tuition freeze is the school’s best feature. Students won’t have to worry about sudden tuition increases and can expect to pay the same per credit hour tuition from the first year till their last year.

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Indiana State University is a medium-sized school located in an urban setting. ISU aims to provide affordable and accessible online degree programs to students who cannot pursue traditional degree programs. However, not all states, US territories, or Canadian provinces may access its online programs. Before enrolling in any online program, visit the program availability page.

The College of Technology - Indiana State University offers one of the most affordable online IT PhD degrees. ISU’s PhD in Information Technology Management allows students to choose one of five specializations, including manufacturing, digital communications, construction, and more. While coursework can be completed online, students must attend on-campus residency requirements.

  • Required Credits: 66
  • Completion time: 4½ years.
  • Format: Hybrid

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Kennesaw State University is now the third-largest university and a doctoral research university (R2) certified by Carnegie, thanks to a history of expansion, change, and perseverance.

With its traditional and online schools, Kennesaw provides more than 150 undergraduate and graduate programs. Students come to the university from all over the world because of its diversified student body, active campus culture, and worldwide linkages.

One of KSU Online’s offerings is the affordable Doctor of Education with a major in Instructional Technology designed to help professionals pursuing educational leadership roles gain expertise in using technology in the classroom. Students who choose this EdD concentration will focus on creating and implementing cutting-edge instructional strategies using technological tools.

What we love about Kennesaw State University

The vibrant campus life. Kennesaw hosts hundreds of annual events to help students bond with like-minded people and create their own professional network and build lifelong relationships.

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Can adapt to a diverse group of individuals and be open to new ideas.

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Want a typical dorm life. Kennesaw is a commuter school.

Walden University

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Walden University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

  • John Antonakis
  • Eboni Edmonson Haynes

Walden University was among the first to acknowledge the evolving cultural demands and preferences of adult students who required alternatives to what a conventional, campus-bound college could provide. Today, Walden is one of the most prominent online learning institutions offering affordable and accessible online degree programs.

The hybrid PhD in Management - Information Systems Management costs only $743 per credit hour. The main goal of this PhD specialization is to help students design information solutions to increase corporate effectiveness. Students in this doctorate degree will learn about modern technologies, how they affect businesses, and the problems that must be solved in a global and domestic economy focused on technology.

  • Required Credits: 64
  • Completion time: 5 years (can transfer up to 42 credits)

What we love about Walden University

The greatest strength of Walden is its diverse staff and students from all over the world.

Walden University is great for students who:

Are non-traditional learners.

Walden University might not be the best fit for students who:

Want to attend a typical institution with traditional college courses.

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Franklin University

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  • #18 Top 20 Most Affordable Online Bachelor's of Cybersecurity

Franklin University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

Franklin University helps adult learners study, prepare, and accomplish their goals. Additionally, Franklin is one of the biggest universities to maintain 135 community and technical college partnerships. Franklin continues to provide academic excellence, affordability, and accessibility.

The Doctor of Business Administration at Franklin University provides an information technology focus designed for business professionals who want to enhance their IT skills.

This concentration equips students with in-depth knowledge of how to efficiently assess systems, evaluate processes, create novel systems, maximize databases, and test and debug systems to help businesses run effectively through the flow of information.

The program only costs $748 per credit hour.

  • Required Credits: 58

What we love about Franklin University

The faculty that is made up of incredibly different but equally exceptional individuals enriching students’ educational experience.

Franklin University is great for students who:

Enjoy life outside of school and work while pursuing their degrees.

Franklin University might not be the best fit for students who:

Want to live on campus.

City University of Seattle

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  • #17 Top 20 Most Affordable Online Business Administration Doctorates

City University of Seattle’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

The City University of Seattle is a small private university, and one of the smallest of its kind in the United States. Nevertheless, it consistently ranks as one of the top educators for adult learners. CityU provides various online and on-campus classes that broaden students’ global understanding of their fields. Online courses are delivered in a virtual classroom, where students can log in to see videos, assignments, and discussion topics.

The online Doctor of Information Technology at the City University of Seattle focuses on developing advanced KSAs in information technology at only $765 per credit hour. Students in the program can choose one of the three concentrations: Computer Science, Cybersecurity, or Data Science. Graduates will have developed their skills in general computing knowledge, IT & computing principles and practice, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative literacy, communication, and collaboration.

  • Required Credits: 90

What we love about the City University of Seattle

The individualized attention. Due to its small class sizes, students can expect to receive one-on-one attention from their advisors.

The City University of Seattle is great for students who:

Want to have a personalized curriculum and receive individualized attention.

The City University of Seattle might not be the best fit for students who:

Want to have a wide range of degree program options.

University of the Cumberlands

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University of the Cumberlands’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

  • Chris Ulmer
  • Harold L. Moses
  • Jean Ritchie
  • Betty Siegel
  • Virginia R. Young
  • Ergun Caner

The University of Cumberlands is a renowned regional college that provides undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major subject areas and a number of pre-professional, graduate, and doctorate programs. UC is one of Kentucky’s most prominent and reasonably priced private institutions. Through cutting-edge programs, practical experience, learning, and research, Cumberlands is committed to preparing students for the future.

The University of the Cumberlands provides one of the most affordable online doctorate programs. The online PhD in Information Technology at UC focuses on topics in business risk management, data science, big data analytics, information governance, and the role of information technology in a global economy. The program also has a professional research component consisting of an advanced research techniques course, a dissertation, and inferential statistics.

The program costs $500 per credit hour .

What we love about the University of the Cumberlands

High caliber of education with a surprisingly low and affordable cost.

The University of the Cumberlands is ideal for students who:

Value having a tight-knit community and want to know everyone on campus.

The University of the Cumberlands might not be the best fit for students who:

Thrive in a diverse environment.

Middle Georgia State University

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  • #19 Best Online Master’s in Information Technology
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  • #22 Best RN to BSN Online
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  • #9 The Most Affordable Traditional MBA Degree Programs for 2024

Middle Georgia State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

  • Josh Reddick
  • Kevin Young
  • Emory Gordy Jr.
  • Antonio Cochran
  • Barret Browning
  • Manny Mantrana

Middle Georgia State University is the most affordable public state institution in Georgia. MGA offers five campuses in urban and medium-to-small-sized cities in middle Georgia and infinite reach through MGA Direct, the university’s online school. The university aims to cultivate inspired, lifelong learners who will contribute to the region through their study and professions through professional leadership, ground-breaking collaborations, and involvement in the community.

The online Doctor Of Science In Information Technology (DScIT) General Information at MGA only costs $255 per credit hour , making it the cheapest doctorate in IT on the list.

This doctoral degree program prepares students to become professors, scientists, and entrepreneurs by offering various research areas in information systems, computer science, and information technology. Students will look into database systems, cybersecurity, operating systems, computer networks, data structures and algorithms, project management, software engineering, and human-computer interaction.

  • Required Credits: 54

What we love about Middle Georgia State University

The affordable tuition and fees and financial aid opportunities. Thanks to financial aid, students can get support for any financial issues.

Middle Georgia State University is great for students who:

Thrive in a fast-paced environment.

Middle Georgia State University might not be the best fit for students who:

Constantly needs one-on-one attention from their instructors.

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University of the Potomac

University of the Potomac’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

The University of the Potomac is well known for its excellent accessibility and affordability of education as a non-profit university. Potomac is committed to providing all students with highly effective educational opportunities, offering specialized career-focused courses and programs to help students achieve highly desirable professional outcomes.

One of its famous online degrees is the Doctor of Computer Science , perfect for IT professionals who want to plunge into an advanced study and research of computer science. Students who pursue this degree will have an improved capacity for problem-solving, analysis, and research. Graduates of this doctorate degree will have the necessary knowledge to design and create computer software systems and products using theoretical concepts and strong software development abilities.

  • Completion time: 3 years (can transfer up to 36 credits)

What we love about the University of the Potomac

The financial aid opportunities. Potomac provides scholarships and student loans that are both subsidized and unsubsidized.

The University of the Potomac is great for students who:

Enjoy a very small campus community.

The University of the Potomac might not be the best fit for students who:

Want diversity in the classroom.

Florida Technical College

Florida Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

Florida Technical College was initially established in 1982 as an institution focused on training students for specialized business sectors. Current programs at FTC are engaging and dynamic and have changed over time to fit the demands of both students and the labor market. Today, FTC offers various online and hybrid learning options to cater to adult learners.

One of its hybrid learning offerings is the PhD in Computer Science designed for students who have the highest potential for advancing the boundaries of knowledge and disseminating computer science. The program demands a great depth of expertise in computer science basics, the ability to grasp a number of specialized topics, and the initiative to significantly advance existing knowledge on a given topic through original research.

  • Required Credits: 72

What we love about Florida Technical College

The flexible and innovative curriculum. Students can often enroll in one course per month to promote better learning.

Florida Technical College is great for students who:

Are passionate and dedicated to earning a degree.

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Want to party. Florida Tech is not a party school.

Westcliff University

Westcliff University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

Westcliff University offers several programs that lead to certification, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctor’s degrees designed to equip students for quick entry and career progression in their respective sectors. The programs of Westcliff University prepare students for the practical and theoretical components needed in various fields, unlike some colleges that solely teach academic principles.

One of its top online offerings is the affordable $760 per credit hour online Doctor of Business Administration, focusing on Information Technology Management (STEM) .

This DBA focus is geared toward doctoral students who want to apply for executive positions in business-related technology divisions and units and direct functional information technology systems. This concentration investigates ITM and sophisticated issues like data analytics in project management.

What we love about Westcliff University

We love that instructors at Westcliff take very seriously the trust that students invest in them to help them acquire the abilities necessary for success.

Westcliff University is great for students who:

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Dakota State University

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Dakota State University was established as a school for teacher preparation. Today, DSU is one of the Midwest’s most technologically sophisticated universities, offering various programs from certifications to doctoral degrees.

The online PhD in Information Systems offered by Dakota State University is among the most affordable information technology PhD programs. This terminal degree, which emphasizes the application of information systems and information technology, was designed to help those pursuing careers in academia, research, and executive positions in IS or IT industries.

  • Completion time: 7 years

What we love about Dakota State University

The tight-knit community and accessible campus.

Dakota State University is great for students who

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Dakota State University might not be the best fit for students who

Are not computer-savvy.

Career Outlook for Students with Information Technology Degree

Information technology, degree level: doctorate.

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  • Avg. Cost of Degree*: $15,265
  • Avg. Expenses*: $16,774
  • Avg. Cost Recoup Time**: 12 years
  • Job Growth: 20.63%
  • Number of Jobs: 3,207,400
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  • ** denotes ‘at 15% of annual salary’

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The Master of Science in Professional Science is a groundbreaking master's degree in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines that helps equip students for work in public and private business enterprises and in academia. Well-suited to both working professionals as well as traditional students, this program emphasizes the skills and experience that will prepare the next generation of professionals to be competitive in the business and healthcare information technology workforce.

Health Care Informatics is designed around concentration courses in information systems applications and security, project management, business intelligence/analytics, and healthcare law, and electives in valuable specialty areas like Six Sigma and Lean Productivity Systems. This concentration is supplemented by a core of business courses in accounting, statistics, managerial communication, leadership, and a capstone internship experience. The program supports both part-time and full-time students, and limited graduate assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis.

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Degree leads to Community Health Systems position

Kenyia Roberson, a licensed registered respiratory therapist, was hired by Community Health Systems as a team lead for implementing Cerner electronic medical records across the organization. She landed the position just before finishing her master's degree in the Health Care Informatics program at MTSU. "This has been an amazing experience and unique journey for me," she says. Roberson gained healthcare IT exposure while working in clinical settings and being a part of multiple hospital conversions such as Meditech, Cerner, and Medhost and then later gained project management experience at CHS. She was considering returning to school when she discovered the MTSU program at a hospital's education fair. "I enjoyed assisting facilities with their clinical implementations and providing Go-Live support and training to staff," she says. The Kansas City, Missouri, native has worked across multiple patient populations and has extensive experience as a respiratory therapist in neonatal and critical care units within Middle Tennessee.

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RN promoted in healthcare IT at Vanderbilt after master's

Registered nurse Scott Simms earned a promotion to senior domain specialist in cardiology for Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Health IT division after graduating from the MTSU Health Care Informatics master's program in 2014. He previously supported the clinical use of computers as a systems support specialist 2 within the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute. Simms came back to MTSU because of his satisfactory undergraduate experience in Biology and because there are few post-grad Health Care Informatics programs in the Midstate. "The program enlightened me to the industry's standards and improved my awareness with exposure to legal, managerial, and accounting facets to healthcare," he says. "This has made me a much more marketable asset for a company as well as given me the tools to perform at a high level." Simms, who holds an Associate of Nursing degree from TSU, also had worked as an RN-Systems Support Specialist and a registered nurse in the operating room and surgical ICU.

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Healthcare informatics and healthcare information technology make up one of Nashville's most advanced industries today, and graduates in these fields typically secure employment earning salaries around double the national average. Nashville and the Middle Tennessee region also represent the second-fastest growing technology job market and the eighth-fastest growing economy nationwide. As a result, there is currently such surging demand for data scientists in Middle Tennessee that current graduation rates in these fields cannot supply enough qualified professionals, with even larger employment projections in coming years both in Tennessee and nationwide.

The M.S. program in Health Care Informatics prepares graduates to enter one of many data science and technology sectors. There is a clear focus on competence, attitude, and job readiness in the MTSU program.

Potential professional positions include:

  • Clinical and business informatics process lead
  • Clinical EMR support specialist
  • Clinical informatics manager
  • Clinical quality consultant
  • Clinical/business analyst
  • Director of clinical informatics
  • Director of health informatics
  • Health information systems project manager
  • Informatics analyst
  • Informatics consultant
  • Informatics specialist
  • Information analyst
  • Manager of clinical and business informatics
  • Population health analyst
  • Solutions analyst

Employers of MTSU alumni include

While this M.S. degree prepares students for employment in many sectors of the healthcare and IT workforces, internship sites and prospective employers include but are not limited to:

  • Blue Cross-Blue Shield
  • Capella Healthcare
  • Centennial Medical Center
  • Community Health Systems
  • Covenant Health
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • Lifepoint Hospitals
  • McKesson Corp.
  • National Healthcare Corp.
  • Saint Thomas Health Services
  • Sarah Cannon Research Institute
  • Tennessee Department of Health
  • United Health Group
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to full-time students in the Health Care Informatics program. In addition to a monthly stipend, the university also pays all tuition and most fees for assistantship holders. Non-Tennessee residents who are awarded graduate assistantships are not required to pay out-of-state fees.To learn more about the types of graduate assistantships and to download an application, visit the Graduate Studies Assistantship page.

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In addition to assistantships and scholarships, MTSU's Office of Financial Aid assists graduate students seeking other forms of financial support while in school.

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