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Total program credits needed for graduation: 90

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 866.933.5979, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Core Courses:

Twenty-Four Required Courses, 90 quarter credits

All courses taken in a prescribed sequence:

Research Processes, Theory, and Practice in Information Technology (6 quarter credits)
Developing an Academic Writing Process (4 quarter credits)
Management Theory Creation (4 quarter credits)
Survey of Applied Research Methods* (4 quarter credits)
Quantitative Research Techniques* (4 quarter credits)
Advanced Qualitative Research (4 quarter credits) OR
Applied Multivariate Modeling (4 quarter credits)
Leading Information Technology Strategic Planning in Complex and Global Environments (4 quarter credits)
Guiding the Implementation of Information Technology Policies and Processes (4 quarter credits)
Innovating Information Technology Life Cycle Management Processes in a Changing Environment (4 quarter credits)
Advancing Research in Information Technology Management (4 quarter credits)
Teaching Practice Seminar in Information Technology Education (6 quarter credits)
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1 (3 quarter credits)
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2* (3 quarter credits)
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3* (3 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses:

Survey of Research Literature in Information Technology Education (4 quarter credits)
Theory and Methods of Educating Adults (4 quarter credits)
Teaching Adults (4 quarter credits)
Classroom Assessment in Education (4 quarter credits)
Curriculum Development and Teaching Strategies for Adult Learning (4 quarter credits) OR
Online Course Design, Facilitation, and Assessment (4 quarter credits)

Upon completion of all required coursework:

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 quarter credits)

Learners must register for TS9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements.

Dissertation Courseroom (3 quarter credits each)


*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

Dissertation Research Seminar with Residency

To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day residencies as part of the dissertation research seminars (BMGT-R8925, BMGT-R8926, BMGT-R8927).

What Can I Expect?

Courses are divided into weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing additional credits for your own education, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure that the credits you earn now may be applicable to a Capella degree program.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 866.933.5979, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

International Experience

Capella’s International Experience takes your curriculum far beyond what you can experience with research alone. Students who join one of the annual trips gain an international perspective on global operations, supply chain management, and other key aspects of current business practices around the world.

During this one-week trip, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet industry leaders and discuss global and regional business concerns
  • Develop key job skills, such as adaptability, global understanding, tolerance, and leadership
  • Engage in dialogue with senior executives of leading companies with global reach
  • Meet successful entrepreneurs
  • Gain first-hand experience in the many ways culture impacts the challenges and complexities of global business operations

Participants are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodations, food and other associated expenses.

Call 866.933.5979 to speak with a Capella Counselor to learn more about the International Experience.

"Traveling to Chile was life-changing—the business, economic, societal, and global knowledge I gained was extraordinary. Before, during, and after each business visit we spent time conversing with faculty about each business, the industry, governmental policy impacts, and their financial status. I would recommend the International Experience to everyone. The investment you make in yourself as a professional is second to none."
– Tina Thompson, 2014 International Experience participant