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Project Management Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Forge your path as a project management leader

Are you ready to work toward becoming a key strategic player within your organization? Capella University offers an online PhD in Information Technology, IT Project Management designed with your success in mind. Discover how you can grow as a leader with advanced skills in IT, management, and business development.

This doctoral specialization can help you advance, with coursework designed to help you develop solid research skills, focusing what you learn on your goal: completing a dissertation that advances the practice of project management.

At a Glance

  • Online & in-person
  • 11 Core courses
  • 5 Specialization courses
  • 3 Residencies
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation
  • 90 Total quarter credits

Classes Start January 13th

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 Fall19)

PhD in IT Project Management program highlights

Roadmap to dissertation success

Three doctoral residencies provide the time, resources, and hands-on experience to help expedite completion of your dissertation.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

Working with our scholar-practitioner faculty can help you get ahead as you reach for your professional and personal goals. All doctoral IT faculty members have real-world experience in their field of study.

Option to maximize quarterly tuition

By maximizing your courseload, you may be able to save time and money. Eligible students pay a $5,000 flat-rate tuition when they take six or more credits.

Our unique doctoral structure

Our PhD in Information Technology, IT Project Management 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.

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
$965 per credit $5K Quarterly Tuition Max, 90 total quarter credits, No transfer credits available

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.

$5,000 quarterly tuition maximum

Maximize your courseload–take six or more credits per quarter and pay just $5,000.*

*Cost of each residency is included in the $5,000 quarterly tuition maximum; travel, lodging, meals, and other expenses are not included. Books, supplies, and other fees may apply. Tuition subject to change.

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

PhD in IT Project Management sample courses

The online PhD in Information Technology, IT Project Management curriculum will expand your knowledge in the areas of project and program management, risk management, and project governance. You'll also focus on advanced research and scholarly writing. The program includes dissertation research seminars, which allow you to get an early start on your dissertation.

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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

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Discover your path to leading in information technology project management.

  • Analyze theories that affect project initiation, planning, executing, monitoring, and closing.
  • Evaluate functional management approaches designed for operational and strategic projects, programs, and portfolios.
  • Learn to apply ethical leadership strategies, best practices, and new tools to project management.
  • Combine project management research and practice to develop new knowledge for improved practices.
  • Become a communication, research, writing, and critical-thinking expert in the IT project management field.

“I liked the online approach because I could go at my own pace. Things I had a background in I could do more quickly. I started with two courses, then went to three each quarter, and my last quarter I took four courses.”

Read the full interview »

Marie Deschene*
PhD in IT
*Actual Capella graduate who agreed to appear in our promotional materials.

PhD in IT Project Management career insights

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Move forward in your career

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

Related job titles to explore*

  • Lead project manager
  • Senior consultant
  • Director of project management
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty of information technology courses
  • Full-time faculty of information technology courses
  • Senior IT project manager
  • VP of project management
  • IT program manager
  • IT program director

Employment settings to explore

  • Construction
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Military
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Corporation
  • Consulting firms
  • Manufacturing
  • Aerospace and defense automation systems

*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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