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General Information Technology Specialization Doctor of Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Become an IT expert

Lend your experience to solving the biggest IT industry issues. Capella’s online DIT in General Information Technology degree will help you get the practitioner and research skills you need to take your IT career in any direction you choose. Gain advanced information technology competencies while customizing your program and working toward expertise in your area of interest. This program prepares you for a leadership role in IT, supporting you as you become a thought leader, seek to advance to an executive position, or prepare for a future teaching career.

At a Glance

  • Online and in person
  • 14 core courses
  • 4 specialization courses
  • Dissertation
  • 3 residencies

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Classes Start October 7th

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$50 application fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What you’ll learn

Conduct research

Perform scholarly research to identify and analyze IT problems and potential solutions.

Find the right solutions

Apply the right technological solutions to help IT and business interests align in strategic and tactical ways.

Think critically

Use critical thinking processes to analyze information technology problems and solutions.

Design for change

Develop IT governance on change management to build new ideas in technology. 

Gain expertise

Develop consulting or teaching skills in information technology.

Communicate effectively

Become a communication, research, writing, and critical thinking expert in the IT field. 

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.

Doctor of Information Technology program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Grow with faculty & peers

You’ll have one-on-one learning opportunities and residencies that provide credits toward your degree and a supportive peer community.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

Learn from faculty who hold doctorate degrees and have real-world experience in their field of study. 

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. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$4,850 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. 

10% military discount

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

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Employer reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees. Ask your manager about options.

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

DIT sample courses

The online DIT, General Information Technology curriculum focuses on giving you the skills to performing research to identify and analyze technology challenges. You’ll develop and apply solutions that unite IT and business strategies.

Professional doctorate research seminar

Allows you to work extensively on your capstone topic, methodology, application to current theory, and overall project plan from the beginning of your program. 

Dissertation mentors

During your dissertation, you’ll be matched with an experienced mentor who will help you stay on track to completing your degree.

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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. For DIT learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
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. For DIT learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
DIT8214 *
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. For DIT learners only. Prerequisite(s): DIT8210, DIT8212.

6 quarter credits
DIT8216 *
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. For DIT learners only. Prerequisite(s): DIT8210, DIT8212.

6 quarter credits
DIT8940 *
Information Technology Consulting Practice Seminar

In this course, learners study the practice of information technology consulting, including the consultant’s role, identifying methods and strategies used by IT consultants, and their vital integration into today’s information technology organizations. This course emphasizes the practitioner role, from designing and building an IT consulting business to working as a consultant within a company. For DIT Learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all core coursework. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 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 experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


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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Doctor of Information Technology professional paths

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

Related job titles to explore*

  • Adjunct, part-time, or full-time faculty
  • Chief information officer (CIO)
  • Chief technology officer (CTO)
  • Vice president of information technology
  • Director of information technology
  • IT strategy and management consultant
  • Senior project manager, information technology
  • Senior information technology auditor
  • Technology program director

Related employment settings to explore

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

*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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