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Project Management Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Be the Driving Force Behind Successful Projects

Successful projects rest on the shoulders of excellent project managers. Become a key strategic player within your organization with an online PhD in Information Technology, IT Project Management degree. This rigorous doctoral program gives you the opportunity to develop the advanced IT, project management, and business knowledge of a leader. The specialization is also designed to help you develop solid research skills, culminating in a dissertation that advances the body of knowledge in this field.

At a Glance

  • Online & In Person
  • 14 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • Residency
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation

Classes Start April 8th

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 WINTER)

What You’ll Learn

Examine Theories

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

Evaluate Functional Approaches

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

Lead Ethically

Learn to apply ethical leadership strategies, best practices, and new tools to project management.

Fuse Research & Practice

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

Communicate Effectively

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

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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.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

PMBOK-Aligned Program

This program is designed around A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

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

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.

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

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

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. An enrollment counselor can tell you more.

$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

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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
BMGT8430 Advanced Concepts of Project Management Methodologies
BMGT8432 Projects as Complex Adaptive Systems
BMGT8434 Advanced Risk Management Systems and Research
BMGT8436 Dynamics of Program and Portfolio Management
BMGT8438 Emerging Trends, Research, and Theories for Successful Project Management

Relevant Blog Posts

Going Above and Beyond: 5 Soft Skills for Every Project Manager

Five soft skills project managers need to be competitive in the field.

Career Options in IT Project Management

From entry to senior level, a look at four career options for project managers.

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 IT project management doctoral degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Adjunct, part-time, or full-time faculty
  • Director of project management
  • Information technology program director
  • Information technology program manager
  • Lead project manager
  • Senior consultant
  • Senior information technology project manager
  • Vice president of project management

Related Employment Settings to Explore

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

*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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