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Doctoral Programs: College of Management and Technology

School of Technology and Applied Science Doctoral Programs

The School of Technology and Applied Science has one doctoral program:

Doctor of Information Technology (DIT)

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses? Can I make any changes to that order?

The courses for the DIT program should be taken in sequence as each course is a pre-requisite for the next. The order of courses is shown in the Degree Audit on your myWalden portal. Taking courses out of sequence or increasing your course load requires prior approval by the program director.

How many classes do I take each semester?

Students in the DIT program will be automatically registered for two 8-week courses each semester. One course will run during the first 8 weeks and one course will follow immediately after and during the second 8 weeks of the semester. It is possible to take only one course per semester by sending an email to Student Success Advising to request to drop one of the courses. Additionally, toward the end of their course work, students will begin taking two courses at a time, as they will begin taking ITEC 8000 alongside the last four courses of the program. 

Do I find my own doctoral study committee?

During ITEC 8447 students in the DIT program will submit a chair request that will be used in the committee assignment process. The faculty coordinator will assign a chair based on top three choices selected and the availability of the faculty. The second committee member is also assigned by the faculty coordinator at the same time as the chair. The URR (University Research Reviewer) is assigned after the student’s prospectus is approved by the program director. 

When should I complete my residencies?

There are 2 residency requirements for the DIT program. It is recommended to attend the first residency within 90 days of beginning the program. The DIT Program Director recommends that you complete your second residency around the time you take your research courses, ITEC 8437 or ITEC 8447. You are required to attend the first residency in the DIT program before moving into ITEC 8427 and are required to attend the second residency before beginning ITEC 8201.

How long are my classes?

All courses in the DIT program are 8 weeks long, or half a semester.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

You will be automatically registered for your courses each semester by our Registrar’s Office provided you do not have any holds on your account that prevent registration. If you are not registered at least 4 weeks prior to the next term start, and you do not have a hold on your account, please contact Student Success Advising for assistance in getting registered.

My degree audit says a class is “Unavailable” – what does that mean?

Typically when a class is “Unavailable” on the degree audit, it means you have not met the pre-requisites in order to register for the course. If you believe you have met the requirements for taking a course listed as “Unavailable”, please contact Student Success Advising.

Is there an honor society for my program? How can I join or who can I contact?

There is no specific honor society for the DIT program, but students may qualify to join the Golden Key Honor Society. For more information about Golden Key please contact goldenkey@mail.waldenu.edu.

 

School of Management Doctoral Programs

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses? Can I make any changes to that order?

The courses for the DBA program should be taken in sequence, as each course is a pre-requisite for the next. The order of courses is shown in your Degree Audit, which is located on your myWalden portal. Taking courses out of sequence or increasing your course load requires prior approval by the program director. Please know that petitions may be denied due to the prerequisites.

How many classes do I take each semester?

Students in the DBA program will be automatically registered for two 8-week courses each semester. One course will run during the first 8 weeks, and one course will immediately follow during the second 8 weeks of the semester. It is possible to take only one course per semester by sending an email to Student Success Advising to request to drop one of the courses. Additionally, once students begin DDBA 8307, they will begin taking two courses at a time and will be registered for DDBA 8101, a one credit doctoral mentoring course to be taken alongside DDBA 8307 and the student’s three specialization courses. 

Do I find my own doctoral study committee?

During DDBA 8303 students in the DBA program submit their top three requests for the chair position on their committee. This is a class assignment. The faculty coordinator will assign a chair based on the top three choices selected and the availability of the faculty. The second committee member is assigned by the faculty coordinator at the same time as the chair. The University Research Reviewer (URR) is assigned after the student’s prospectus is approved by the program director. 

How long are my courses?

All courses in the DBA program are 8 weeks long or half of a semester.

Can I change my specialization or add a second one?

Students can change their specialization in the DBA program through Student Success Advising. DBA students are not able to take more than one specialization in their program.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

You will be automatically registered for your courses each semester by our Registrar’s Office provided you do not have any holds on your account that prevent registration. If you are not registered at least 4 weeks prior to the next term start, and you do not have a hold on your account, please contact Student Success Advising for assistance in getting registered.

My degree audit says a class is “Unavailable” – what does that mean?

Typically when a class is “Unavailable” on the degree audit, it means you have not met the pre-requisites in order to register for the course. If you believe you have met the requirements for taking a course listed as “Unavailable”, please contact Student Success Advising.

Is there an honor society for my program? How can I join or who can I contact?

There is no specific honor society for the DBA program, but students may qualify to join the Golden Key Honor Society. For more information about Golden Key, please contact goldenkey@mail.waldenu.edu.

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses? Can I make any changes to that order?

Your degree audit and the Walden University Catalog lists your courses in sequence, and you can also contact your Student Success Advisor to request a course sequence map. If you wish to change your course sequence, you may need to petition for approval from the program director. For more information about this process, please contact your Student Success Advisor.

How many classes do I take each quarter?

Typically, you will be taking two courses per quarter (if each are 11 weeks in length) or 3 courses (one 11 week and two six-week courses). If you wish to alter this, please contact your advisor.

Do I find my own dissertation committee?

You will submit a committee nomination request form in your second term of MGMT 8100, Dissertation Mentoring as a course assignment. Your chair and second committee member will be assigned during your second MGMT 8100 course. You will make a request for your URR (University Research Reviewer) to be assigned after receiving program director approval of your prospectus. 

How long are my classes?

You will have a mixture of 6, 11, and 12-week courses in your program. For more specific information about the length of your courses, please review your Degree Audit.

Can I change my specialization?

Students can change their specialization by reviewing the list of available specializations in the Walden catalog and emailing their Student Success Advisor to request the change.

Students would ideally make any specialization change prior to starting their specialization courses. This is because you’ll need to take all the specialization courses required for your new specialization and some specialization courses don’t transfer between specializations.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

You will need to initiate registration each quarter and can do so using the Register for Courses and/or View Degree Audit link of your myWalden portal. If you have any questions about registration for the next quarter or experience any challenges with the self-registration process, please feel free to contact your Student Success Advisor for assistance.

My degree audit says a class is “Unavailable” – what does that mean?

When a degree audit says that a course is unavailable, it means that course is currently not available for online registration. It does not necessarily mean that registration for that course is not possible. If a course shows as unavailable in your degree audit, please send a written request to your Student Success Advisor who can verify the availability of the course and process your request if the course is available.

Is there an honor society for my program? How can I join or who can I contact?

There is no specific honor society for the PhD program, but students may qualify to join the Golden Key honor society. For more information about Golden Key, please visit contact goldenkey@mail.waldenu.edu.

Do I need to purchase my own books?

You will need to purchase your own course materials each term and can do so using the Buy link located beneath each of your courses in the Courses and Materials section of your myWalden portal.