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Online PhD Information Technology Courses and Degree Requirements

The Doctorate in Information Technology is comprised of the following 60 required credit hours which include professional research courses, content specialty courses and a dissertation*.

*The dissertation is the capstone experience in the PhD program of Information Technology. A dissertation is a research-based project that may use a wide range of statistical, quantitative, and qualitative methods. However, in the University’s practitioner-focused program, the dissertation is conceived as a reality-based project in which the candidate engages in authentic professional problem-solving to extend best practices in the field.

For more information on the PhD in Information Technology courses available, please see below:

Professional Research - 21 Credit Hours Required

Content Specialty Area - 21 Credit Hours Required

A content specialty area of at least twenty-one hours must be earned in one of the four (4)  disciplines: Information Systems Security, Information Technology, Digital Forensics, and Blockchain.

In the event a learner needs more classes, other related discipline courses could be considered with the discretion of the Department Chair and Program Director under the direction of the Dean of the School.

Content Specialty Area (21 hours):

A content specialty area of at least twenty-one hours must be earned in one of the four (4) disciplines: Information Systems Security, Information Technology, Digital Forensics, and Blockchain.


Digital Forensics:


MSDF 530 Digital Forensics Tools and Techniques

MSDF 531 Windows Digital Forensics

MSDF 532 Windows Registry Forensics

MSDF 534 Wireless Security and Forensics

MSDF 630 Digital Forensics Evidence

MSDF 633 Computer Crimes and Digital Forensics

MSDF 631 Malware Analysis and Mitigation

MSDF 632 INFOSEC Leadership and Communications

MSDF 634 Web Browser Forensics


Information Securities:


ISOL 531 Access Control

ISOL 532 Telecommunications and Network Security

ISOL 533 Information Security and Risk Management

ISOL 534 Application Security

ISOL 535 Cryptography

ISOL 536 Security Architecture and Design

ISOL 631 Operations Security

ISOL 632 Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Planning

ISOL 633 Legal Regulations, Compliance, and Investigation

ISOL 634 Physical Security


Blockchain Specialization


BLCN 531 Introduction to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

BLCN 532 Blockchain Development

BLCN 533 Finance and Blockchain

BLCN 534 Fundamentals of Database Systems

BLCN 535 Cryptography

BLCN 631 Blockchain Implementation

BLCN 632 Data Mining

BLCN 633 Global Marketing and Blockchain

BLCN 634 Human Resource Mgmt. and Blockchain

BLCN 635 New Technologies for Business Leaders


Information Technology:

ITS 530 Analyzing and Visualizing Data

ITS 531 Business Intelligence

ITS 532 Cloud Computing

ITS 535 System Analysis and Design

ITS 536 Human Computer Interaction and Usability

ITS 537 Information Technologies and Mobile Applications

ITS 538 Database System

ITS 630 Organization Leadership and Decision Making

ITS 631 Operational Excellence

ITS 632 Introduction to Data Mining

For a full list of course offerings or more program specific information, visit our Academic Catalog page.