2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
    Apr 20, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Information Technology (DIT)


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This program prepares students to address information technology-related challenges at the highest level of an organization. Students examine the latest advancements in technology and develop solutions for complex, real-world industry challenges. They also study ways to effectively communicate complex IT strategies to company executives and stakeholders. Coursework focuses on IT strategic analysis, information management, and human-computer interaction. The curriculum blends theory and practice through a variety of learning formats, including leadership simulations, seminar courses, a doctoral study, and face-to-face residencies.

Learning Outcomes


Graduates of the Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) program will be prepared to:

  1. Critically evaluate current research and best practices in the area of IT methods in organizations.
  2. Analyze best practices and research to determine appropriate design of integrated IT systems.
  3. Recommend IT strategies that support enterprise mission and objectives following tenets of professional, social, and ethical responsibility.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate technical and business concepts to a range of audiences.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to formulate project management, compliance, and sourcing of IT within an organization.
  6. Conduct original research that contributes to professional and actionable knowledge in an applied environment.

Earn an MS in Information Technology Degree


Earn an MS in Information Technology degree along the way to the Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) degree.

Students enter the DIT program with one of three kinds of background degrees—master’s degree in technology, master’s degree outside of technology with work experience, or bachelor’s degree in technology. The latter two of these three groups could benefit from gaining an MS in Information Technology degree in addition to a DIT degree. By embedding the MS in Information Technology degree with a specialization in Strategic Leadership into the DIT, students are able to complete both degree requirements at the same time. They earn a master’s along the way.

The courses applied toward the MS in Information Technology, Strategic Leadership in Information Technology specialization help build and strengthen important leadership attributes that are important in the information technology industry. 

Built into the Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) are 30 credits, which can be applied to an MS in Information Technology degree, with a Strategic Leadership in Information Technology specialization. To be eligible for the MS degree while completing the DIT program, students must complete all requirements of the master’s degree program. The master’s degree must be conferred prior to the conferral of the doctoral degree. 

Any student who currently holds an MS of Information Technology or similar degree will not earn a second master’s degree. See also the Walden University Student Handbook https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=158&navoid=52080.

Track 1 (for those students entering with a master’s degree)


Degree Requirements


  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
  • Core courses (21 sem. cr.) 
  • Leadership Simulator courses (9 sem. cr.)
  • Research sequence (10 sem. cr.)
  • Seminar courses (6 sem. cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Study
    • Doctoral mentoring course (0 sem. cr.)
    • Doctoral completion course (3 sem. cr. each term for a minimum of five terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • Two face-to-face residencies

Curriculum


Residency Requirements


  • Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; should be completed within 90 days of completing your Foundations course.
  • Complete Residency 2 face-to-face during your research methodology courses.
  • Optional: Complete a DIT Doctoral Study Intensive retreat face-to-face during ITEC 9000. Contact Academic Advising to register.

Course Sequence


Semester Course Credits
1    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
  Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; should be completed within 90 days of completing your Foundations course.  
2    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
3    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
4    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
5    3 sem. cr.
  Complete Residency 2 face-to-face during your Research Methodology courses.  
5    3 sem. cr.
6    4 sem. cr.
  /    3 sem. cr.
7   /    3 sem. cr./0 sem. cr.
ITEC 850X/   3 sem. cr./0 sem. cr.
8+ ITEC 850X/   3 sem. cr./0 sem. cr.
 * 3 sem. cr. per term; taken continuously until completion
  Optional: Complete a DIT Doctoral Study Intensive retreat face-to-face during ITEC 9000. Contact Academic Advising to register.  

*Students take this course for a minimum of 5 terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Track 2 (for those students entering with a bachelor’s degree)


Degree Requirements


  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
  • Core courses (33 sem. cr.) 
  • Leadership Simulator courses (9 sem. cr.)
  • Research sequence (10 sem. cr.)
  • Seminar courses (6 sem. cr.)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Study
    • Doctoral Mentoring course (0 sem. cr.)
    • Doctoral Completion course (3 sem. cr. each term for a minimum of five terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • Two face-to-face residencies

Residency Requirements


  • Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; should be completed within 90 days of completing your Foundations course.
  • Complete Residency 2 face-to-face during your research methodology courses.
  • Optional: Complete a DIT Doctoral Study Intensive retreat face-to-face during ITEC 9000. Contact Academic Advising to register.

Course Sequence


Semester Course Credits
1    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
  Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; should be completed within 90 days of completing your Foundations course.  
2    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
3    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
4    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
5    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
6    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
7    3 sem. cr.
  Complete Residency 2 face-to-face during your research methodology courses.  
7    3 sem. cr.
8    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
9   /    3 sem. cr.
  /    3 sem. cr./0 sem. cr.
10 ITEC 850X/   3 sem. cr./0 sem. cr.
ITEC 850X/   3 sem. cr./0 sem. cr.
11+  * 3 sem. cr. per term; taken continuously until completion
  Optional: Complete a DIT Doctoral Study Intensive retreat face-to-face during ITEC 9000. Contact Academic Advising to register.  

*Students take this course for a minimum of five terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe


Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements [https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=158&navoid=52191]. Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

Program Data


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