Online Doctoral Degrees in Information Technology

An online doctoral degree in information technology may provide individuals training on the fundamentals of computation theory development. In this three to five-year program, students may learn how to solve complex computing problems, invent computer languages, and develop software systems. Program coursework may include select research and dissertation courses alongside major-specific classes including information technology research, management theory creation, and fundamentals of information systems.

Upon graduation, students may seek entry to upper-level employment in their chosen field. Doctoral-level graduates may gain employment in large businesses, government, education, software publishing, computer systems design, and network administration.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree at minimum
  • Program Length: Three to five years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 19% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for doctoral-level programs in information technology may include select research and dissertation preparation courses along with major coursework. These online classes may teach students how to construct object-oriented programs, coordinate technical plans for system design and creation, and construct an information system. Core online IT courses may include the following:

  • Information Technology Research
  • Innovating Information Life Cycle Management
  • Information Technology Policies and Processes
  • Applied Multivariate Modeling
  • Management Theory Creation
  • Information Technology Strategic Planning
  • Fundamentals of Information Systems

Career Options

Doctoral-level graduates may seek employment in a number of different industries including aerospace, education, healthcare, government, and finance. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in computer and information research are projected to increase by 19% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • University Professor
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Director of Information Technology
  • Computer and Information Scientist

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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