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Executive Ph.D. in Information Technology

Today more than ever, every industry in the connected world needs qualified working professionals in positions of leadership, especially C-level experts  who know the difference between managing systems and leading IT departments.

What Is It?

If you want the skills, strategies, and practical techniques necessary to guide information initiatives while simultaneously developing forward-thinking IT strategy, the Executive Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology from University of the Cumberlands is for you. This doctoral program will do more than just enhance your career credentials. From identifying cyber threats to using Big Data analytics to making data-driven policy decisions, you’ll be empowered to take a leadership role in data science and information technology.

 The hybrid format executive PhD in Information Technology program is a variation of our fully online program that includes a residency component, ideal for working professionals who want a program that fits into their busy schedules but isn't completely online. The hybrid format also works well for international students with visas who have a CPT/OPT component to their degree.

The executive PhD in Information Technology program includes one mandatory residency weekend per semester, followed by 60 credit-hours of advanced leadership and practical technical strategies in everything from information governance to emerging threats and their countermeasures. Upon graduation with your PhD in Information Technology, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Contribute to organizational strategy and resiliency through IT
  • Define shifts in national and international IT policy
  • Leverage IT technologies to manage risk and enforce security measures
  • Design highly scalable systems to process and analyze Big Data
  • Empower smart cities through data science
  • Manage data-driven decisions, identify cyber threats, and improve connectivity

Today’s IT world is filled with leadership opportunities for qualified professionals. Explore them all with your Executive PhD in IT. To learn more about any of our cybersecurity or information technology programs call 855.791.7201 or simply fill out the form on this page for more information. F1 visa students with residency requirements can request more information by completing the form here.

Residency & Class Attendance Policy
Residency weekend sessions are mandatory. You must attend each session in full to receive credit. If you miss any part of the session, you will be counted absent for the entire session. No exceptions. If you miss a single class session, you may make it up at the end of the semester and be required to pay a make-up fee. Missing more than one residency session will result in dismissal from the University.


With an information technology PhD, you can manage oversight of IT resources in a number of organizational settings. In an increasingly digitalized world, IT expert-leaders are in demand, in career paths such as the following:  

  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Information Analyst
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Database Administrator  


Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees. 

Admissions Office

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Department of International Graduate Services

Phone: 606.539.3577
Toll-free: 833.953.0382


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649 South 10th Street
Williamsburg, KY 40769

Career Path

A University of the Cumberlands degree prepares you for the rigors of the professional world.  Click the button to learn more about the exciting career opportunities you can pursue with this program.