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Information Technology Management Specialization Doctor of Business Administration

School of Business and Technology

Prepare to Lead in Information Technology Management

Prepare to lead and consult in the field of IT management from an informed, strategic viewpoint. With Capella University's online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Information Technology Management degree, you’ll gain the advanced skills and knowledge to expand your expertise in the implementation of information technology policies and processes, and explore emerging trends in IT management. You’ll gain experience by creating practical solutions to emerging real-world problems, and you’ll also focus on multidisciplinary research to advance your practice of IT management.

At a Glance

  • Online & In Person
  • 8 Core Courses
  • 4 Specialization Courses
  • 1 Doctoral Research Project
  • 2 Residencies

Classes Start July 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SPRING)

What You’ll Learn

Think Critically

Exhibit proficiency in academic research, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Keep Up with Trends

Hone in on emerging trends, technological influences, and research to advance the theory or practice of global information technology management.

Incorporate Research

Synthesize multidisciplinary research and evolving practices to contribute to organizational strategies and to lead strategic IT planning and management in complex environments.

Drive Innovation

Foster an organizational culture that supports technological innovation within the context of changing business needs.

Put Ethics Into Practice

Evaluate ethical frameworks, including the organization’s global citizenship, and legal requirements that guide information technology management.

25 Years of Online Doctoral Experience

With over 25 years of experience in online doctoral education, we understand the unique needs of doctoral students, and have designed our programs to meet those needs. We've structured our programs to help you reach your goals and obtain critical skills—with our expert faculty, support teams, and online resources to help guide you every step of the way.

DBA in IT Management Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Put Your Research to Work

Showcase your ability to develop solutions for organizations through the completion of a doctoral applied business research project.

Research Mentor

For your culminating doctoral applied business research project, you’ll be paired with a knowledgeable mentor to help you along the way.

Flat Quarterly Tuition Rate

Your $4,800 flat quarterly tuition rate includes the cost of courses and required residencies.*

*Quoted price does not include $175/quarter resource kit fee. Quoted cost includes residency tuition, but not travel costs, meals, and lodging.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

$4,800 per quarter, 82 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Reduce Your Tuition with $10K

Enroll in your doctorate degree, apply for the scholarship, meet eligibility requirements, and receive up to $10K.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

10% Military Discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Accredited & Recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Doctorate in IT Sample Courses

The DBA in Information Technology Management curriculum focuses on emerging trends, technological influences, and multidisciplinary research to advance the theory and practice of leading IT strategic planning and management in complex environments.

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DB8008 *
Becoming a Business Researcher

Learners in this course explore the role of the researcher, the purpose for applied business research, and its benefits to the business community. Learners are introduced to the methods and ethical and business responsibilities of engaging in applied business research. Learners also examine the process of translating business problems, opportunities, or challenges into researchable projects that result in practical solutions grounded in scholarly thinking. For DBA learners only. Prerequisite(s): DB8002. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
BMGT8210 *
Information Technology Leaders as Partners in Organizational Strategic Planning

This course focuses on the information technology leader’s collaborative roles working with an organization’s non-IT senior leadership, including aligning business strategy with IT strategy, acting as an equal contributor to the formation of organizational strategy, and integrating ethical policies and practices into an organization. Learners evaluate multidisciplinary research and practices related to leadership, organizational structures, and culture. Through the lens of complexity/chaos and change theories, learners analyze information technology’s role in contributing to organizational resiliency. Prerequisite(s): PhD in Business Management learners must have completed WRIT7086. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8212 *
Leading Information Technology Strategic Planning in Complex and Global Environments

In this course, learners examine processes by which senior information technology leadership must evaluate different IT governance models from a global perspective, including decision models, management structures, business engagement processes, leadership theories, and risk assessment processes. Learners evaluate methods of performance measurement and control, and assess the relevance and effect of social responsibility issues and strategic partnering on IT strategic planning. Prerequisite(s): WRIT7086. DBA learners who start on or after January 1, 2018, must have completed BMGT8430. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8214 *
Guiding the Implementation of Information Technology Policies and Processes

This course presents key issues related to the implementation of information technology policies and processes as day-to-day operations, including consideration of ethical, cultural, and global issues, and potential effects on internal and external stakeholder needs. Learners evaluate strategies for implementing different governance models and assess the ways in which those models relate to change management processes and organizational innovation. Prerequisite(s): DBA learners must have completed BMGT8210, BMGT8212. PhD in Business Management and PhD in Information Technology learners must have completed WRIT7086.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8216 *
Innovating Information Technology Life Cycle Management Processes in a Changing Environment

In this course, learners evaluate evolving theories and practices that inform decisions related to the information technology system development life cycle. Learners assess different development models and examine the IT leader’s role in IT enterprise portfolio management against the backdrop of changing workforce considerations, including offshore, contract, multicultural, and multigenerational workers in global enterprises. Prerequisite(s): DBA learners must have completed BMGT8210, BMGT8212. PhD in Business Management and PhD in Information Technology learners must have completed WRIT7086.

4 quarter credits

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They're here to help find a program fit and set up for success.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Doctoral Advising

Doctoral programs are specific and challenging. That's why you'll have access to expert support at every step along the road to your degree.

Career Center

For this team, it's more than resumes and interview tips. It's about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

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DBA in IT Management Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our doctoral degree in information technology management.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Chief information officer
  • Chief technology officer
  • Director of information technology
  • Full-time faculty
  • IT strategy and management consultant
  • Senior project manager, information technology
  • Technology program director
  • Vice president of information technology

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Community college
  • Consulting firm
  • Corporation
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Nonprofit organization

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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