Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology

Advance your information technology leadership role and make significant contributions to your field.

This program teaches advanced information technology that can help you advance your career, or pursue consulting or teaching opportunities. Develop solid research and scholarly writing abilities. The program is completed by writing a dissertation that advances the global IT academic library.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

Each doctoral program and specialization is designed around expected learning outcomes (see Expected Program Outcomes below). End of program performance is determined during the comprehensive exam and dissertation process. Because the work is unique to each learner's dissertation or research topic and the criteria for evaluation are aligned to that work, we do not collect data on proficiency levels for doctoral programs.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Information Technology (IT) specializations

  • General Information Technology
  • Information Assurance and Security
  • Information Technology Education
  • Project Management

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella is designated a National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Capella has ensured alignment to key professional standards, such as the PMI® PMBOK® Guide for project managers, the (ISC)2® CBK, and NSA’s CNSS Standards for information assurance and security professionals.
  • The curriculum in Capella’s PhD-IT Project Management specialization offers outcomes validated by subject matter experts in project management, using topics in leading project management journals, research conferences, and PMI® research projects.
  • As a Registered Education Provider of the Project Management Institute, Capella offers more than 25 courses approved by PMI for its Professional Development Units (PDUs).

Expected Program Outcomes for All Specializations

  1. Formulate new theoretical constructs to advance knowledge in the area of IT.
  2. Create new applications for improving practice.
  3. Think critically about IT problems and solutions.
  4. Conduct scholarly research.
  5. Communicate effectively.
  6. Develop professional skills in a chosen field or discipline.

School of Business and Technology Doctoral Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Business and Technology doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella's School of Business and Technology doctoral graduates report satisfaction with tasks and responsibilities and career growth potential. Half of the graduates surveyed work in higher education.

Satisfaction with Capella Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
SSource: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

Over half the Business and Technology doctoral graduates have presented at a conference or published a book, article or monograph. Half have advanced in their career or profession and just over one third have obtained teaching positions in higher education.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

School of Business & Technology Doctoral Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Business and Technology doctoral programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Business and Technology doctoral graduates think their education meets academic program outcomes and helps them meet career goals. They are likely to recommend Capella to others.

Satisfaction with Capella Business & Technology Doctoral Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.


Business and Technology doctoral graduates report they have gained practical knowledge and expertise which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Business & Technology Doctoral Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

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Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (DOE) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2012 and June 2013. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The DOE has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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Alumni Success Story Quote

Photo of Dewain Lee, PhD Dewain Lee, PhD

"I got so much out of my experience at Capella and I'm so grateful. I will pass that on—through my work, through consulting, and maybe teaching one day—any way I can."

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