2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021) 
    
    Dec 01, 2021  
2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021)

Doctor of Information Technology (DIT)


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This program is not currently accepting new students.

 

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 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 IT leadership skills at the team and enterprise levels.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to communicate technical and business concepts to a range of audiences.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to formulate project management, compliance, and sourcing of IT within an organization.
  7. Conduct original research that contributes to professional and actionable knowledge in an applied environment.

Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
  • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
  • Technical core courses (18 sem. cr.) 
  • Research sequence (10 sem. cr.)
  • Specialization seminar/leadership courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Study
    • Doctoral mentoring course (0 sem. cr.)
    • Doctoral study completion course (3 sem. cr. each term for a minimum of five terms until completion, with two 8-week terms taken per semester)
  • Two academic residencies

Curriculum


Specialization Seminar/Leadership Courses (15 sem. cr.)


These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page. Changing specializations may increase a student’s expected time-to-degree completion and cost.

Residency Requirements


  • Complete Residency 1 as soon as you begin your program; required in order to advance into ITEC 8427.
  • Complete Residency 2 during your research methodology courses; required in order to advance into specialization seminar/leadership courses and ITEC 8100.
  • Optional: Complete a DIT Doctoral Study Intensive any time after completing the first ITEC 8100. Contact Student Success Advising to register.

Course Sequence


The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Semester Course Credits
1    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
  Complete Residency 1 as soon as you begin your program; required in order to advance into ITEC 8427.  
2    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
3    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
4    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
  Complete Residency 2 during your research methodology courses; required in order to advance into specialization seminar/leadership courses and ITEC 8100.  
5    3 sem. cr.
   4 sem. cr.
6 Specialization Seminar/Leadership Course 1
and
  
3 sem. cr.

0 sem. cr.
Specialization Seminar/Leadership Course 2
and
  
3 sem. cr.

0 sem. cr.
7 Specialization Seminar/Leadership Course 3
and
  
3 sem. cr.

0 sem. cr.
Specialization Seminar/Leadership Course 4
and
  
3 sem. cr.

0 sem. cr.
8 Specialization Seminar/Leadership Course 5
and
  
3 sem. cr.

0 sem. cr.
Optional: Complete a DIT Doctoral Study Intensive retreat face-to-face during ITEC 9000. Contact Student Success Advising to register.  
  3 sem. cr. per term; taken continuously until completion
9+   3 sem. cr. per term; taken continuously until completion

* 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 doctoral study on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the doctoral study process in the DIT Process Guide.

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start or readmit to doctoral programs at Walden University in the university catalog for academic year 2017 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment. 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.

8-Year Maximum Time Frame


Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements (see Enrollment Requirements). Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum time frame, but an extension is not guaranteed.

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