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General Information Technology Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Lead, Teach, or Consult in IT

Be a thought leader who moves information technology forward. Capella's online PhD in Information Technology degree is designed to prepare you for leadership, teaching, or consulting in IT. This program also gives you the opportunity to design a doctoral program to meet your specific interests and career goals. Choose dissertation topics or an area of study in information security or network architecture and design, or focus on IT within a specific industry. 

At a Glance

  • Online & In Person
  • 15 Core Courses
  • 5 Elective Courses
  • 3 Residencies
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation

Classes Start January 7th

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 FALL18)

What You’ll Learn

Influence IT Practice

Incorporate multi-disciplinary theories that inform and shape theory and practice of information technology.

Become an IT Expert

Develop an expertise in a specialization area of information technology. 

Lead with Ethics Top of Mind

Apply ethical leadership strategies to integrate best practices and tools in information technology.

Improve the IT Field

Combine information technology research and practice leading to the development of new knowledge or improved practices.

Develop Your Academic Side

Expand your communication, research, writing, and critical-thinking skills applicable to professional and academic endeavors.

Our Unique Doctoral Structure

Our PhD in General Information Technology program is designed to remove roadblocks for you and demystify the dissertation process. This unique approach centers on supporting you in three ways: through program structure, a dedicated faculty and support team, and online resources. To help generate momentum toward graduation, you’ll begin your dissertation early in the program. Our faculty, support team, and online resources will help guide you every step of the way.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from doctoral practitioners who are actively engaged in their profession.


By maximizing your courseload, you may be able to save time and money. Students pay a $5,000 flat-rate taking six or more credits.


Enjoy greater control and the ability to take one to three courses per quarter, with Capella’s online learning model.

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
$953 per credit $5K Quarterly Tuition Max, 90 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

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Employer Reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees, even if there’s no formal program. Check with your manager or HR dept.

Accredited & Respected

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

In your online PhD in Information Technology curriculum, you will work on your dissertation promptly. Early on, you’ll determine your topic that incorporates credit-bearing, face-to-face dissertation research seminars, and coursework. The program includes dissertation research seminars which allow you to get an early start on your dissertation.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
BMGT8212 Leading Information Technology Strategic Planning in Complex Global Environments
BMGT8214 Guiding the Implementation of Information Technology Policies and Processes
BMGT8216 Innovating Information Technology Life Cycle Management Processes in a Changing Environment
BMGT8218 Advancing Research in Information Technology Management

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PhD in Information Technology vs. Doctor of Information Technology

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Move Forward in Your Career

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

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Adjunct, part-time, or full-time faculty
  • Chief information officer (CIO)
  • Director of information technology
  • Lead systems analyst
  • Senior consultant
  • Senior information technology manager
  • Systems administrator
  • Vice president of information technology

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Aerospace company
  • Community college
  • Corporation
  • Defense contractor
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Health care organization
  • Information technology consulting firm
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Technology firm

*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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