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Doctor of Science in Information Technology (DScIT) General Information

On January 8, 2020, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved our first doctoral degree, the Doctorate of Science in Information Technology (DSIT). Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SASCOC), we hope to begin offering this degree in the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Please contact 478.929.6865 in Graduate Studies or call Dr. Neil Rigole in the School of Computing for more information. 478.471.2801 or


For a variety of calendar and accreditation review scheduling issues, we will not begin this program in fall of 2020 but anticipate its full implementation in the 2020-2021 Academic year, pending review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Colleges (SACSOC). It is our intention to offer one seminar class with a brief residency in Summer 2021 as a "soft start" and a full semester of classes in Fall 2021 as a "hard start."


Are You Interested in Applying?

We are interested in speaking with any prospective applicant and encourage students to set up an appointment with one of us in Graduate Studies or Dr. Rigole. We are now accepting formal applications. A formal application will include all materials listed below. Please contact for questions or call Liz Douglas at 478-929-6865. Remember, a student is not formally admitted until 1) the program is approved by SACSCOC, and 2) when an acceptance letter is received by the applicant from the School of Computing.

Please see a recording of a Webex information session on March 25, 2020:


Password: DScIT2020

You can also view or download a PDF version of the presentation used during the information session here.

Do you want to know about Financial Aid?

Please note that Federal Financial Aid will not be available until SACSCOC formally approves the new level of degree, and until the US Department of Education approves the new level of degree. These steps will take a few months. We urge all prospective students to look into third-party (private) loans, which often have very competitive interest rates; educational support from your place of work; TAP approval from your University System of Georgia institution; and/or VA benefits separate from other funding sources. For VA benefits, please contact Carolyn Clark with the Registrar’s Office at 478-757-2681 or email her at 

The total cost of the program will be approximately $20,000. We encourage all students to talk with their FA advisors ( ) about student loans and to familiarize themselves with the University System of Georgia’s initiatives on student debt at its Know More Borrow Less page:

Application Materials

  •  Application for admission
  • Statement of Purpose: a written statement of the applicant's professional goals and commitment to completing the degree requirements.*
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the student's academic and technical abilities.
  • An M.S. degree in a discipline related (or closely related) to Information Technology (e.g. Information Systems, Cybersecurity, Computer Science, etc.) conferred by a regionally accredited institution.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or greater (on a scale of 4.0) on all graduate coursework.
  • Two years of relevant work experience.
  • Current résumé.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • An interview may be required at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
  • No GRE is required for application.

*Note that in a doctoral program, writing skills are more important than ever. We, therefore, urge all applicants to spend a lot of time composing a thoughtful and detailed Statement of Purpose of about 500 words.

Program of Study

The program of study is a cohort model (students begin and complete program at the same time as one group), with all classes online, except for brief residencies at the beginning and end of the program. Ideally, students will complete the program in two years, with four short sessions each semester for a total of 54 hours. Please see the Program of Study below:

Fall Semester (Year One)

ITEC 7000 Doctoral Seminar I (includes Residency #1;Term 1)
ITEC 7110 Research for Decision Making (Term 1)
ITEC 7200 Design Thinking & Innovation (Term 1)
ITEC 7120 Statistical Analysis for Decision Making (Term 2)
ITEC 7210 Leading Disruptive Technology in Organizations (Term 2)

Spring Semester (Year One)

ITEC 8100 Data Science & Analytics Strategy (Term 1)
ITEC 8110 Organizational Strategy for Cybersecurity Management (Term 1)
ITEC 8120 Information Technology Policy, Compliance, and Legal (Term 2)
ITEC 8130 Information Technology Project and Program Management (Term 2)

Summer Semester (Year One)

ITEC 7240 Strategic Thinking (full Summer Term)
ITEC 8140 Contemporary Issues in Information Technology (full Summer Term)

Fall Semester (Year Two)

ITEC 7220 Leadership Development (Term 1)
ITEC 7230 Information Technology Strategic Planning (Term 1)
ITEC 7130 Advanced Research Analysis for Decision Making (Term 2)

Spring Semester (Year Two)

ITEC 8900 Doctoral Research Project (full Semester)
ITEC 8950 Doctoral Seminar II (Term 2 Session; Residency #2)