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Doctor of Science in Information Technology (DScIT) General Information

On December 8, 2020, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved the Level Change for Middle Georgia State University to offer the Doctor of Science in Information Technology.

Applications are now being accepted, and application fees are being waived for the month of December 2020. It is our plan 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."

A formal application will include all materials listed below.

Important Dates:

  • Priority: March 5, 2021
  • Final Deadline for Consideration: April 9, 2021
  • Virtual Information Session: January 7, 2021 (6 p.m.)
    Topic: DSIT Q & A
    Time: Jan 7, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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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 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 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/