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Be a Change Agent in IT Industry

The Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) program is a multidisciplinary program designed for innovative leaders who wish to advance knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) in Technology and Computing. DIT candidates choose an area of focus in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, or Data Science. Candidates develop essential information technology capabilities key to leading and influencing organizations.

With a focus on developing advanced KSAs in information technology innovations, the program prepares candidates for senior-level positions in industry, government, or education. Graduates utilize the latest technologies, including cloud computing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and data science, to optimize organizational performance. The DIT program is designed and developed based on ACM curricular guidelines and NSA/DHS Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) standards. The DIT multidisciplinary program provides a high-quality learning experience through a flexible format that meets the candidate’s career objectives.

Program Overview

The DIT consists of core courses, a depth of study concentration, a comprehensive exam, dissertation residencies, a research core, and a dissertation. Candidates begin by taking the Program Orientation Course, DIT 600, prior to, or concurrently, with their first DIT class.

The depth of study consists of three areas: Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Data Science. Candidates choose one area that supports their educational goals. Candidates can propose and design their own depth of study with the approval of the Program Director.

After the completion of the core and depth of study courses, candidates take the comprehensive exam. The dissertation commences after passing the exam. Candidates are required to complete six dissertation courses. The seminar residencies are usually offered in Seattle in the summer and San Diego in the winter; they are scheduled throughout the duration of the program.

Doctor of Information Technology program, learning outcomes:

  • Integrate foundational knowledge of all areas of advanced information technology and computing.
  • Apply fundamental principles and practices of advanced information technology and computing.
  • Apply critical and ethical thinking to solve problems in advanced information technology and computing.
  • Evaluate data to inform decisions and solve problems in advanced information technology and computing.
  • Create the ability to develop and express ideas while applying a variety of delivery models, genres, and styles.
  • Collaborate effectively on diverse teams to accomplish a common goal.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects continued growth in the IT field well into the future.* Leaders who are ready to prepare individuals and organizations for IT challenges are in high demand. The DIT program from CityU will prepare you to seek IT leadership positions in public and private organizations, consulting firms, and universities.Potential career options may include:

  • Chief information/technology officer
  • Senior organizational leader
  • Entrepreneur
  • Information technology consultant
  • Technical manager/director
  • Project/program manager
  • Higher education faculty
  • Computing services director


There are 78 credits required for this degree:

  • Program Overview: 1 credit
  • Core IT Classes: 42 credits
  • Specialization: 12 credits*
  • Potential specializations: Computer Science, Information Security, Project Management, Adult Education, Instructional Design, and Management and Leadership
  • Capstone Project: 6 credits
  • Residency: 3 credits
  • Dissertation: 10 credits

*Students can either transfer in their specialization credits or take them from one of our five master’s programs.

A master’s degree from an accredited or recognized institution is required to enroll in this program. The School of Technology and Computing encourages students with non-technical master’s degrees to pursue the DIT. Preparatory courses for the degree include:

  • CS 132 Computer Science I (5)
  • CS 330 Network Communications (5)
  • IS 340 Operating Systems (5)
  • IS 360 Database Technologies (5)
  • Submit an application online, via the “apply” icon on the admissions page
  • Submit a $50 application fee through the online admissions application
  • Copy of your official bachelor's and master’s transcripts submitted to the Office of Registrar via mail or electronically:
    • MAIL: City University Office of the Registrar, 521 Wall St. Ste. 100 Seattle, WA 98121
    • EMAIL: (must be sent from the school in question)
  • Resume demonstrating five or more years of business experience
  • List of three references (name, title, email, and phone contact information) for professional, academic, or other associates who can attest to your ability to be successful in a doctoral program. One reference must be a current supervisor. (Please inform your references that CityU’s doctoral faculty will contact them directly)
  • Goal statement (short essay) related to business experience and how the program supports your professional development goals
  • Resume, references, and goal statement can be submitted via the online admissions application or emailed to


Pre-Course Requirement

DIT 600 - Introduction to the Doctor of Information Technology
Students will become familiar with Doctor of IT program, online success tips, and academic research and writing resources. Tutorials and short quizzes or exercises in scholastic honesty, applied research, writing practices, and APA conventions will help prepare students for doctoral-level work in the IT field. This is a self-paced class.

Core Courses

DIT 605 - Information Technology Strategic Management
In the course, students will examine the role that Information Technology plays in an organization's global strategy. Emphasis is placed on the ways that IT can enable an organization to pursue its present and future strategic direction. The role of the IT leader, as a senior member of an organization, is defined as well as the need to build a strong IT team that can provide innovative solutions to complex and global IT challenges.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Assess an organization's strategy and know which IT projects and resources will be needed to help realize that strategy.
  • Organizational strategy assessment project
  • Plan innovative IT projects in alignment with an organization's future strategy.
  • Proposal of innovative projects
  • Lead a team of IT professionals as it serves the needs of an organization.
  • Team leadership and development plan

DIT 610 - Information Technology Policy and Governance
In alignment with the strategic direction of an organization, students will address the need to establish an appropriate list of policies and procedures to guide the governance of IT materials and their usage. Students will learn how to set appropriate governing policies to ensure the ethical use of IT tools. They will also establish and enforce service level agreements that support the needs of the organization. Legal issues related to IT policies and governance will also be examined.
At the end of this class, students will be able to:

  • Establish policies and procedures to guide the usage of IT resources.
  • Draft allowable use plan
  • Draft and enforce service level agreements for all stakeholder groups
  • Draft service level agreements (SLAs)
  • Establish ethical use policies that govern allowable uses of IT resources.
  • Draft statement on ethical usage and access limits for IT resources.

DIT 615 - Planning and Managing IT Projects
In this class, students will focus on the project management of information technology (IT) projects. Students explore many aspects of project management of IT projects including knowledge management, requirements management, and current project management tools and techniques, all within an IT framework. Students will learn to plan an IT project, enlist the support of key stakeholders, and then ensure that the project stays on track in terms of budget, deliverables, and timing.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Draft a project management plan to implement a major IT project
  • Draft project management plan - phase I
  • Enlist the assistance of stakeholders who are key to a project's success
  • Project management plan - phase II
  • Draft a change management plan that helps ensure that a project is successful
  • Change leadership and implementation plan

DIT 620 - IT Innovation in Complex and Global Environments
This course will focus on the key elements of an IT innovation and change management strategy to effectively implement and execute IT projects in a complex and global environment. The course will draw on experiences from IT innovations across the globe. Students will examine the ever-increasing need to develop innovative and differentiating approaches to expanding organizational strategy and learning. This class will show IT leaders how to encourage members of their organizations to utilize new and innovative technologies.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Cite the elements of an innovative approach to IT challenges
  • Draft IT Project Plans
  • Identify and plan for global differences in standards, processes, and application for complex IT projects
  • Global IT plan
  • Implement broad range IT planning that will be needed to account for differing future scenarios
  • Predictive IT Planning Scenario/ Analysis

DIT 625 - Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
In this course, students investigate practices related to information security and data protection. This course will review practices that can lead to system risks and vulnerabilities. Students will learn to follow best practices to protect computer and data assets from a number of different types of attacks. This course will also examine organizational procedures, access of system resources, network and software design and oversight, and tracking of system activities.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the broad set of technical, social & political aspects of Cyber Security
  • Cybersecurity policy manual
  • Appreciate the vulnerabilities and threats posed by criminals, terrorists, and nation states to national infrastructure
  • Cybersecurity assessment plan
  • Plan for recovery, security, and public relations in the wake of a cyber-attack
  • Cybersecurity recovery plan

DIT 630 - Data Driven Decisions
Data-Driven Decisions is the first course of two on data-driven decision making. The next sequence course is DIT 635 - Data and Business Analyt ics. This course examines the role of IT professional in helping organizational leaders work through data-driven projects. Starting with a clearly defined business question, student will help their stakeholders create an analysis plan, collect the appropriate data, gather insights, and present recommendations. Students will be introduced to the Data Analytics Lifecycle that they can use to govern their approach to working with their stakeholders in their efforts to better utilize their data.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Assess stakeholder needs and conduct root cause problem analysis to fully understand all aspects of a data problem/opportunity
  • Draft Data Analytics Lifecycle framework to assess the problem and its context
  • Determine appropriate data sources to address the stakeholder's needs
  • Build a data dictionary, including sources, for all data that will be needed to address the problem/opportunity
  • Prepare a plan for data gathering, analysis, and presentation
  • Identify an analysis plan to produce results that address the problem/ opportunity

DIT 635 - Data and Business Analytics
As a companion course to Data Driven Decision, this class will show IT professionals some of the more common data analysis tools using readily-available technologies. This class will be an in-depth look at data mining and analysis tools that IT professional can use to support data-driven decision-making. To support organizational stakeholder needs, students will learn several quantitative methods including forecasting, optimization, simulations, classification, and segmentation.
At the end of this class, students will be able to:

  • Draft an analysis plan for the latter stages of the Data Analytics Lifecycle to select and complete analysis of a data set
  • Data Analytics Lifecycle plan for data analysis and visualization
  • Produce and assess results using common statistic al analysis tools
  • Qualitative assessment of quantitative results
  • Present findings in a manner that is meaningful to key stakeholders
  • Data analysis presentation

Depth of Study: (24 Credits)

Choose one depth of study area.


Depth of Study 1: Computer Science

CS 506 Programming for Computing (3)

CS 533 Computer Architecture (3)

CS 547 Secure Systems and Programs (3)

CS 622 Discrete Math and Algorithms for Computing (3)

CS 624 Full-Stack Development I (3)

CS 628 Full-Stack Development II (3)

DS 510 Artificial Intelligence for Data Science (3)

DS 620 Machine Learning & Deep Learning (3)


Depth of Study 2: Cybersecurity

ISEC 505 Systems Security (3)

ISEC 510 Human and Organization Security (3)

ISEC 525 Network and Wireless Security (3)

ISEC 545 Data Privacy and Security (3)

ISEC 605 Cybersecurity Auditing (3)

ISEC 612 Software Security (3)

ISEC 628 Components Integration Security (3)

ISEC 640 Software Reverse Engineering (3)


Depth of Study 3: Data Science

CS 506 Programming for Computing (3)

CS 622 Discrete Math and Algorithms for Computing (3)

DS 510 Artificial Intelligence for Data Science (3)

DS 520 Data Mining (3)

DS 524 Data Management and Governance (3)

DS 620 Machine Learning & Deep Learning (3)

DS 623 Math & Statistics for Data Science (3)

DS 625 Big Data Architectures and Systems (3)


Depth of Study 4: Customized

Choose 24 credits with the approval of the Program Director. This customized DOS should have at least 12 credits from the other three DIT DOS areas.


Research Core (15 credits)

RESR 619 Quantitative Research Methods (3)

RESR 621 Qualitative Research Methods (3)

RESR 650 Creating Innovation in Technology (3)

Choose two courses from those listed below.

RESR 623 Research Design (3)

RESR 625 Advanced Research Topics (3)

DIT 680 DIT Internship (3)


Comprehensive Exams (6 Credits)

DIT 682 DIT Comprehensive Exam (6)


Dissertation (18 credits)

RESR 694A Dissertation 1 (3)

RESR 694B Dissertation 2 (3)

RESR 694C Dissertation 3 (3)

RESR 694D Dissertation 4 (3)

RESR 694E Dissertation 5 (3)

RESR 694F Dissertation 6 (3)

RESR 99 Continuing Dissertation Services (0)


Doctoral Residencies (3 credits)

RESR 601 Residency 1 (1)

RESR 602 Residency 2 (1)

RESR 603 Residency 3 (1)

Kurt Kirstein, Program DirectorDr. Kurt Kirstein has served as a faculty member and program director in business and technology at universities in the Seattle area since 2004. He was accepted to the World Affairs Council Fellows Program 2010-2011. Prior to that he spent 20 years managing technical and training teams for organizations in the telecommunications and biotech industries.

Sam ChungSam Chung, Ph.D., is a City University of Seattle professor and the Master of Science in Information Security program director.Dr. Chung earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, and has M.S. degrees in computer science from George Washington University and the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He graduated with a B.S. from the Department of Electronics/Computer Engineering at Kyungpook National University.

Before joining CityU, Dr. Chung was a tenured professor and the director of the School of Information Systems and Applied Technologies at Southern Illinois University. He administered three degree programs: electronics systems technologies, information systems technologies, and technical resource management. Before joining SIU, he was an endowed associate professor of information systems and information security, and a founder of the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Systems program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Dr. Chung also served as an associate director of cyber physical systems for the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at the University of Washington.

Dr. Chung led a research group in Smart and Secure Computing (SSC), which focused on making Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) smart and secure by developing and using Software Reengineering approaches. Dr. Chung has mentored many undergraduate and graduate students through his student-oriented research program. He has been a Co-Principal Investigator and Principal Investigator for multiple funded projects from organizations including NSF, KITECH and T-Mobile.

Bill KaghanDr. Kaghan brings thirty years of experience as an R&D engineer, a technology manager/entrepreneur, an ethnographer of high-tech workplaces, and a consultant on sociotechnical systems strategy and implementation to the Technology Institute at City University of Seattle.He earned a BA in Russian History from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and earned a second undergraduate degree, a BS in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. After earning his engineering degree, Dr. Kaghan took a job as an R&D engineer (Control Systems Analysis) at the Boeing Aerospace Company in Seattle where he worked on several NASA sponsored projects and completed a number of graduate courses in computer systems.

He has published several journal articles and book chapters on his research. Since graduating Dr. Kaghan has taught information systems and innovation management at several universities in the Puget Sound region and worked as a consultant on the design and implementation of complex sociotechnical systems. He has also remained active in the Seattle/Puget Sound entrepreneurship community.

At City University, Dr. Kaghan has taught a wide range of technology and management classes that draw on his diverse background and set of skills. Along with teaching, Dr. Kaghan manages the Bachelor's programs in Information Systems, Information Technology, and Applied Computer Science and assists in the management of the daily operations of the Technology Institute.

The schedule is flexible for this program, as not every student wants to take his/her dissertation courses at the same time as the core classes. Students are able to extend into a fourth or even fifth year, once the core classes, specialization classes, and capstone are done. Or they can spread it out even further than that.

Below is a sample schedule for a typical student who doubles courses starting in Fall of the second year.


Doctor of Information Technology – Three Year Program Schedule
Quarter Courses Credits
Year One
DIT 600 Program Orientation (1)
DIT 605 Principles of Information Technology (6)
Winter DIT 610 Information Architecture, Management and Analysis (6) 6
Residency 1
DIT 615 Network Architecture and Management (6)
Summer DIT 620 Cloud, Web, and Mobile Computing (6) 6
Year Two
DIT 625 Information Assurance (6)
DITR 694A Applied Doctoral Study 1 (2)
DIT 630 Information Technology Strategic Management (6)
DITR 694B Applied Doctoral Study 2 (2)
DIT 635 Business and Data Analytics (6)
DITR 694C Applied Doctoral Study 3 (2)
Application Block 1 (6)
DITR 694D Applied Doctoral Study 4 (2)
Year Three
Application Block 2 (6)
DITR 694E Applied Doctoral Study 5 (2)
Winter DIT Information Technology Capstone 6
Spring DITR 695 Applied Doctoral Study Implementation 4
Total Credits 78

The DIT program from CityU prepares a leader for positions in public and private organizations, consulting firms, and universities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the continued growth of 12 percent in the computer and information technology field from 2018 to 2028, projecting more than half a million new jobs. Potential career options may include:

Chief information/technology officer

Senior organizational leader


Information technology consultant

Technical manager/director

IT Project/program manager

Higher education

Computing services director

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