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Project Management Specialization Doctor of Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Successful IT projects depend on you

Become a driving force behind successful IT projects. Capella’s Doctor of Information Technology, IT Project Management degree is designed for project managers ready to advance their IT careers to the next level. In this program, you’ll develop the skills to analyze the theories that inform and shape the practice of planning, executing, and closing a project. You’ll become an expert in project, program, and portfolio management and excel in the areas of risk management and project governance, helping you become an invaluable player in your organization. 

At a Glance

  • Online & in-person
  • 8 Core courses
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • Dissertation mentor courseroom
  • Dissertation
  • 3 Residencies

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Classes Start January 13th

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$50 application fee (waived w/promo Fall19)

What you’ll learn

Examine theories

Critically analyze theories that affect project initiation, planning, executing, monitoring, and closing.

Fuse research & practice

Combine project management research and practice to develop new knowledge for improved practices.

Evaluate functional approaches

Evaluate functional management approaches designed for operational and strategic projects, programs, and portfolios.

Find the right solutions

Learn to apply the right technological solutions for strategic and tactical IT–business alignment.

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.

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. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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.

$20K toward your doctorate

Apply for the $20K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help you fund your doctoral degree.

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

Sample courses

The DIT, IT Project Management curriculum focuses on fusing project management research and practice and building leadership skills. You’ll develop expertise in planning, executing, and closing IT projects. 

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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BMGT8430
Advanced Concepts of Project Management Methodologies

In this course, learners research literature to identify best practices and evaluate appropriate methodologies leading to successful outcomes for projects and programs ranging from simple to complex. The course emphasizes appropriate methods, tools, and techniques for the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Initiating and Planning processes based on organizational environments, cultural diversity, and global influences. Learners also evaluate expected project outcomes to assure alignment with strategic goals and objectives.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8432
Projects as Complex Adaptive Systems

Learners in this course examine both seminal and current literature, such as complexity theory, to evaluate the successes and failures of projects and programs in complex and ambiguous environments. This course emphasizes Executing, Monitoring, and Controlling projects and programs based on multidisciplinary theories and applications as defined by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Learners develop their professional, consultative, and leadership skills for successful project and program outcomes.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8434
Advanced Risk Management Systems and Research

In this course, learners evaluate and synthesize the use of multidisciplinary theories based on the research and practice of project and program risk management. Learners explore emerging trends, concepts, and methods of project and program risk management systems and research. Topics include evaluating integrated approaches to identifying, analyzing, mitigating, and managing project risks, and identifying strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in project risk management research. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8436
Dynamics of Program and Portfolio Management

Learners in this course examine emerging trends, concepts, and methods for evaluating and applying program integration and portfolio management techniques and methods used to optimize their overall value. Topics include ethical approaches to program and portfolio management in alignment with business strategic goals and objectives within a global context. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

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

Faculty

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.

Relevant blog posts

The Role of Project Management in Data Security Breaches

What do breaches in data security have to do with project management? These days, everything.

Move forward in your career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online doctoral degree in IT project management.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Program management officer
  • Program management director
  • Chief information officer
  • Chief technology officer
  • 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
  • Adjunct or part-time IT project management faculty
  • Full-time IT project management faculty

Employment settings to explore

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