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Doctor of Technology (D.Tech.)

Online Program

For practitioners, by practitioners.

Designed for working technology professionals seeking a flexible, cutting-edge education, the Doctor of Technology (D.Tech.) program employs real-world business and societal challenges to teach essential data analytics, research techniques, management approaches, and leadership skills for driving innovation. Graduates will solve a pressing technology problem in their chosen sector, such as business, healthcare, education, or energy, through an applied capstone project instead writing a traditional dissertation.

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A flexible online format enables you to customize a professional doctorate program that suits your needs and current career while preparing for leadership roles ranging from Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer to technology consultant or entrepreneur. Our world-class faculty and distinguished alumni provide mentorship and foster your critical thinking skills to advocate for responsible applications of technology and sustainable development.

Program Highlights
    • Real-World Applications: Solve an industry problem as your capstone project instead of writing a traditional dissertation. This program focuses on industry-relevant challenges and practical problem-solving, with a curriculum emphasizing use-inspired research to foster technological development and innovation.
    • Transdisciplinary: Learn across disciplines to look at problems in new ways and gain insight by taking courses outside your field. Sharpen your skills in communications, leadership, and management by working with experts from a variety of backgrounds — just as you do in professional settings.
    • Flexible Online Format: Explore a professional doctoral program that was built to fit your busy schedule. Designed for working professionals, the D.Tech. program allows you to study in the evenings or weekends, with a mix of self-paced coursework and small group interaction.
    • Exceptional Industry Connections: Accelerate your career plans by joining a select cohort of senior industry professionals, faculty, and alumni who share your motivation and ambition.
    • WASC Accredited: All CGU programs, including D.Tech, are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

 

FACULTY PRACTITIONERS

Dr. Matthew Muga
Global consultant for Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, Google
Lean Continuous Improvement

Dr. Kevin Williams
Consultant Amazon Web Services (AWS) Architect/AWS Trainer
Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing, Machine Learning, Databases/Data Analytics, Optimization

Dr. Claudia Cáceres
World Health Organization GIS Consultant
Machine Learning and Data Visualization

Dr. Juliette Gutierrez
National GIS Coordinator for SCS Engineers
Esri GIS, SQL, Agile Methodologies

Program At-a-glance

  • 72 units

    required units

  • Doctor of Technology

    degree awarded

  • Online

    modality

  • Spring, Summer, Fall

    program start

  • 2-3 years | full time*

    estimated completion time

    3-5 years | part time

    estimated completion time

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Director of Recruitment, Center for Information Systems & Technology

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Faculty

  • Itamar Shabtai

    Itamar Shabtai

    Clinical Full Professor

    Research Interests

    IT and Innovation, Healthcare Information Technology, Economics of Information systems, Cyber Security and Innovative Technologies in Higher Education

  • Wallace Chipidza

    Wallace Chipidza

    Assistant Professor of Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    Dynamics of social networks, Quantum Computing and Applications, Internet Privacy, ICT4D

Affiliated Faculty

  • Ruben Quinonez

    Adjunct Faculty

    Research Interests

    Big Data, Data Warehousing, Data Architecture, Business Intelligence, Data Science

  • Matthew Muga

    Adjunct Faculty

Curriculum

Our D.Tech. degree is unique in its industry focus, online delivery, extensive customization options, and the inclusion of an in-person cohort component featuring intensive meetings in August and January. The curriculum prepares you for senior information technology leadership roles with core courses, electives, and applied research:

Transdisciplinary Core Courses (16 units, number of courses varies depending on units for each course)
A unique feature of CGU professional doctorate programs is a shared Transdisciplinary core curriculum created to prepare business leaders. You will learn and collaborate with a diverse cohort of industry professionals on applied projects.

    • Leading Change (2 units)
    • Collaboration (2 units)
    • Action in Crisis (2 units)
    • Stakeholder problem-solving (2 units)
    • Systems-thinking (2 units)
    • Data Visualization (2 units)
    • Diversity and Team Leadership (2 units)
    • Ethics (2 units)

Core D.Tech. / Information Systems courses (8 units, 2 courses)

    • AI for Digital Transformation (4 units)
    • Introduction to Use-Inspired Research (4 units)

D.Tech. Elective Courses (8 units, 2 courses)

    • Cybersecurity Management (4 units)
    • Data Science Methodology (4 units)
    • Location Intelligence (4 units)
    • Health Technologies (4 units)
    • Technology Innovation (4 units)
    • Global Digital Supply Chains (4 units)

D. Tech. Research (16 units, 4 courses)

    • Doctoral Practicum (4 units, taken three times)
    • Applied Dissertation (4 units)

Your work will be assessed through course exams, technology lab work, presentations, practicum research, and an applied dissertation.

Learning Outcomes

The D.Tech. program trains you to critically evaluate research; collaborate across disciplines; integrate and transfer knowledge from disciplinary, non-disciplinary, and non-specialist audiences; and manage collective research and implementation teams. Upon successful completion of the D.Tech. program, you will be able to:

    • Solve real-world problems to address societal, economic, and business challenges
    • Design and conduct use-inspired research aligned with business technologies and emerging trends
    • Apply advanced leadership concepts, theories, models, and tools for creative problem-solving
    • Lead technology-driven innovation initiatives as part of the digital transformation
    • Apply critical and ethical thinking in your everyday activities
    • Perform lifelong learning dynamic skills

Application Guidelines

Requirements Summary

Item Description
Application Fee $80
Official Transcripts Yes
Letters of Recommendation 2
Statement of Purpose Yes
Resume Yes
Other Requirements English proficiency exam

Who Should Apply

This degree is designed for technology professionals who seek to solve real-world problems with a business-oriented doctoral program. Your cohort may include students who hold jobs such as:

    • Application Security Administrator
    • Business Intelligence Analyst
    • Cloud System Engineer
    • Cybersecurity Hardware Engineer
    • Data Scientist
    • Full-Stack Developer
    • Network Architect
    • Technical Product Manager
    • Release Manager
    • UI or UX Designers
    • Wireless Network Engineer

Applicants must have a Master’s degree and 3 years of professional experience.

Spring 2024
Priority Deadline – November 1, 2023
Final Deadline (International) – November 15, 2023
Final Deadline (Domestic) – December 1, 2023
Classes begin – January 16, 2024

Summer 2024
Priority Deadline – February 1, 2024
Final Deadline (International) – March 1, 2024
Final Deadline (Domestic) – April 1, 2024
Classes begin – May 13, 2024

Fall 2024
Priority Deadline – February 1, 2024
Final Deadline (International) – July 5, 2024
Final Deadline (Domestic) – August 1, 2024
Classes begin – August 26, 2024

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Cost & Aid

ESTIMATED TUITION (CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS, NON-RESIDENTS, INTERNATIONAL)
Program 48 units
Tuition per unit* $2,020

*Based on 2023-2024 tuition rates.

 

STUDENT FEES (PER SEMESTER)
$245 Student Fee
$150 Technology Fee
International Student Services Fee*: $661 fall semester, $776 spring semester
**Applies to all international students (F-1 visa only) who are registered in coursework, doctoral study, or continuous registration. The fee is assessed each fall and spring semester for annual ISO accident and sickness plans and administrative fees. Subject to change.

For estimates of room & board, books, etc., please download CGU’s Cost of Attendance 2022-2023 .

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