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Northcentral University | PhD-TIM in Computer Science

The Doctor of Philosophy in Technology and Innovation Management program with a specialization in Computer Science offered by Northcentral University is designed to prepare students for a variety of technology leadership roles where they manage the integration of innovative computer technologies. Read more about this PhD program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Technology and Innovation Management with a specialization in Computer Science

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

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Program Prerequisites:

All applicants to NCU's Doctor of Philosophy in Technology and Innovation Management programs must have a master's or doctoral degree from an accredited university. Those considering the Computer Science specialization may also have fundamental computer knowledge as well as strong research and analytical skills.

Program Description:

Northcentral University's PhD in Technology and Innovation Management programs allow students the chance to gain advanced leadership skills while preparing them to create positive change within their organization. The Computer Science specialization includes courses that cover advanced and emerging topics in artificial intelligence, security management, software engineering, and mobile application development. Additional topics include theories and methodologies for data mining, uses for distributed computing, and the development of algorithms and programming languages. Doctoral students will also complete a portfolio course where they create a comprehensive collection of their work as well as write and defend a dissertation on a computer science topic of their choice.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

This program may be completed in 60 credits. However, additional credit hours can be taken, if needed, to complete dissertation research.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for the Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a PhD in Technology and Innovation Management with a specialization in Computer Science:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Please contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements (30 credits)

  • TIM 7001: Changing Times: Leading Technology & Innovation in the 21st Century
  • TIM 7200: Scholarly Communication for Technology Leaders
  • TIM 7010: Computer Networks & Mobile Computing
  • TIM 7020: Databases & Business Intelligence
  • TIM 7030: Managing Risk, Security, & Privacy in Information Systems
  • TIM 7100: Statistics with Technology Applications
  • TIM 7040: Technology Policy & Strategy
  • TIM 7210: Introduction to Research Design & Methodology for Technology Leaders
  • Students choose one of the following three pairs of courses:
    • TIM 7220: Quantitative Research Design & Methodology for Technology Leaders & TIM 7225: Directed Quantitative Research
    • TIM 7230: Qualitative Research Design & Methodology for Technology Leaders & TIM 7235: Directed Qualitative Research
    • TIM 7240: Constructive Research Design & Methodology for Technology Leaders & TIM 7245: Directed Constructive Research
  • CMP 9700T: PhD-TIM Portfolio

Computer Science Specialization Courses (18 credits)

  • Students select either:
    • TIM 8101: Principles of Computer Science
    • TIM 8110: Programming Languages & Algorithms
  • TIM 8120: Distributed Systems
  • TIM 8130: Data Mining
  • TIM 8140: Software Engineering
  • TIM 8150: Artificial Intelligence
  • TIM 8301: Cybersecurity Management

Doctoral Dissertation Courses (12 credits)

  • DIS 9901A: Components of the Dissertation
  • DIS 9902A: The Dissertation Proposal
  • DIS 9903A: Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • DIS 9904A: The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of Northcentral's PhD-TIM in Computer Science program could be prepared to explore a variety of executive or leadership positions in nearly any type of business that uses technology. They may choose to pursue positions where they can design new technology systems or incorporate changes that make a positive impact on that organization. Some possible job options include:

  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Director of Information Technology
  • Technology Manager
  • Computer Technology Consultant

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