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Doctor of Science in Information Technology (DScIT) General Information

The Doctor of Science in Information Technology is a unique collegiate program in the Middle Georgia region that fulfills MGA's mission to provide "high quality programs connected to community needs." It will also help establish MGA as a leader for the "economic" life of central Georgia. The program is innovative and unique to the middle Georgia region and to the university system. The program’s inter-disciplinary structure blends innovation, strategy, and technology to empower world-class organizations. An applied research project offers students an opportunity to find solutions to complex information technology challenges.

The program aligns with and is complementary to Middle Georgia State College's ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and the Master of Science in Information Technology housed in the Department of Information Technology. This program is uniquely positioned in Central Georgia to address the mission and to meet the needs of both the 21st century student and employer. IT fuels the regional economy by producing top-quality graduates who will be successful in 21st century careers. The D.Sc. program will help IT leaders progress to senior roles developing strategic operations for organizations across the world.

The DSIT program requires students to complete 54 hours of graduate coursework. The program is cohort based and admits students in the Fall. Admitted students can continue to work while completing their education, but there is not a part-time track of the program.

Please call Drew McIntosh at 478.929.6865 for additional information or contact Dr. Vicky Sandoval in the School of Computing at 478.744.0327 or

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 an institutionally 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 two short sessions each semester for a total of 54 hours. Please see the Program of Study below:

Summer Semester (Year One)

ITEC 7000 Doctoral Seminar I (includes Residency #1;Term 1)

Fall Semester (Year One)

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)

** NOTE: This course requires students to participate in the Lyceum 360 Leadership Assessment in collaboration with the Leaders Lyceum. An assessment fee of $350.00 will be included at the time of registration. 

Spring Semester (Year Two)

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

Do you want to know about Financial Aid?

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has approved Middle Georgia State University to offer financial aid for all its graduate degrees (which includes the DScIT starting in 2021). To begin your financial aid paperwork, please contact the Financial Aid Office. We also 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: https://www.usg.edu/know_more_borrow_less/