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Online Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Technology Management (PhD-TM)

Fatin Mohammed A., 2021 Graduate

Champion transformation through technology in your organization

It takes visionary leaders to improve an organization and bring about new innovations for a better future, both for the world and for the organizations they lead. It also takes a dedicated university to equip them for this challenge. NCU’s Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Management will teach you how to become a positive change leader and a champion of new technologies in public and private organizations.

Our Technology Management (PhD-TM) program has been specifically designed to empower students like you to begin enacting change well before your PhD in Technology Management has been conferred through practical application of what you’re learning. This degree can help you act as an conduit between customers, consumers, management, rank and file staff, and executives. Once you’ve started your PhD-TM program at NCU, you’ll begin making a difference through technology — now and in the future!

Our program features weekly course starts to fit your schedule, and our unique one-to-one learning model allows you to experience individualized interaction with our professionally seasoned, all-doctoral faculty. This 100% online Technology Management PhD program does not require an entrance exam, which can be time-consuming, costly, and have a limited shelf life.


  • NO Residency
  • NO Group Work
  • 100% Online Learning
  • 100% Doctoral Faculty

Online PhD in Technology Management Program Outcomes

At Northcentral University, you can earn your Ph.D. in Technology Management degree online, when it’s convenient for you. And although you attend class online, you still receive the personal support and guidance you deserve thanks to our one-to-one learning model. We also have no residency requirements, no GRE/GMAT requirements, and no group projects. This offers the flexibility you need to fit higher education into your busy schedule.

Get on the Path to Leadership

This program includes the training, instruction, and networking opportunities to take your career to the next level.

Applied Approach to Teaching

This degree requires advanced knowledge and problem-solving skills; your academic work will be based on things that you already know and the application of those things in a new context. In this program, you aren’t following a path — you’re creating one.

Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 60 Credit Hours
Courses: 20 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 39 Months
Next Start Date:Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

PhD in Technology Management Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of Northcentral University’s PhD in Technology Management program, graduates will be able to:

  • Develop knowledge in technology and innovation based on a synthesis of current theories
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about theories, applications, and perspectives related to technology and innovation
  • Evaluate theories of ethics and risk management in computers and emerging technologies
  • Formulate strategies for managing technology and innovation in global organizations
  • Contribute to the body of theory and practice in technology management


Computer Science

Providing a broad base of understanding of the foundational technology in any information system, NCU’s Computer Science specialization helps students understand how computers function and communicate from the inside out. This specialization dovetails very well with the larger goals of your PhD program. A general specialization, it was created to provide you with a foundation on a wide variety of computing topics and to prepare you for a range of technology leadership roles. On graduation, you will be able to use the in-depth knowledge you’ve gained to lead the innovative integration of computer technologies in any organization.

Data Science

As computer systems and high-speed processors gain greater and greater capacities, the amount of information generated can be daunting to the leaders of today’s organizations. It takes leadership to manage that mountain of electronic gold most efficiently and effectively. That’s where those who've gained their Data Science specialization come in.

This specialization will prepare you to start processing the mountains of data that organizations produce and turn it all into usable information. Our Data Science graduates are prepared with the latest statistical and modeling tools that will enable you to help your organization most effectively use data to serve stakeholders' interests.

Information Systems

NCU’s Information Systems specialization is designed for students who want to know how computers work together to maintain, store, and process information most efficiently and effectively. With this broad-based, but foundational perspective on technology information management, you may find yourself in high demand. In this innovation-focused course of study, you will be introduced to a variety of topics in information systems and will prepare for a range of information technology leadership roles. Upon graduation, you will be empowered to use this in-depth knowledge to lead the innovative integration of information technologies and information systems in any organization.


As organizations produce more and more data — and stake their future on its security — the risks associated with possible data theft and other malicious interventions have become greater. NCU’s Cybersecurity specialization will prepare you to take a leadership role in helping thwart hackers and other security breaches. In this program, you will be encouraged to think outside of the box as an innovation leader who stays one step ahead of those dedicated to breaching security. Our Cybersecurity specialization will prepare you for a variety of technology leadership roles in both government and private organizations. Upon graduation, you will be well prepared to anticipate and mitigate risks in managing and deploying data-intensive systems.

Engineering Management

What could be more foundational to managing technology than preparing leaders to take an innovative approach to engineering management? This important question informs the creation of NCU’s Engineering Management specialization, designed for leaders in all types of engineering and technology management fields. In this specialization, you will learn a variety of tools vital to assessing the potential of innovative ideas, protecting an organization’s intellectual property, and bringing new ideas to fruition. Upon graduation, you will be able to use the knowledge you have gained to lead engineering and information systems initiatives in any organization, whether for government, business, or nonprofit.

IT Project Management

Technology without qualified leadership to oversee its optimal use is just expensive hardware. That’s why NCU’s IT Project Management specialization was created: to prepare students like you with the skills needed to manage the conception, planning, implementation, and deployment of a variety of information technology-related projects and systems. In this important focus, you’ll pair your technology coursework with in-depth courses in leadership, risk management, and oversight of multiple projects. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to take on management roles in project management and information technology.

Career Potential*

  • Computer Scientist
  • IT Specialist
  • Systems Engineer
  • Project Manager/Program Manager/Project Engineer
  • Cryptologist
  • Software Engineer
  • Principal
  • Consultant
  • Cybersecurity Engineers/ Manager
  • Faculty/Instructor/Lecturer In Computer Sciences, Cybersecurity, And Other Related Fields

*Positions may depend on specialization chosen and require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Some roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.

The PhD program may be completed in a minimum of 60 credits. Additional credit hours may be allowed as needed to complete the dissertation research. If granted, additional courses will be added to the student degree program in alignment with the SAP and Academic Maximum Time to Completion policies. Students who do not complete their program in accordance with these policies may be dismissed.

The PhD in Technology Management requires six (seven if needed) core courses, six specializations, three research courses, pre-candidacy prospectus, and four dissertation courses for a total of 60-63 credit hours. All incoming PhD-TM students will complete a required writing assessment during their first course, TIM-7001. Students who perform well on this assessment will be exempt from TIM-7200.

*Those whose writing skills need additional practice, as determined by three or more items scored as “needs improvement,” will be required to take TIM-7200.

**Students select one pair of research methods and directed research courses based on their own research proposal.

The PhD in Technology Management requires the following courses for every specialization:

  • TIM-7001 - Changing Times: Leading Technology & Innovation in the 21st Century
  • TIM-7200 - Scholarly Communication for Technology Leaders *
  • Specialization Course 1
  • TIM-7010 - Computer Networks & Mobile Computing
  • Specialization Course 2
  • TIM-7020 - Databases & Business Intelligence
  • Specialization Course 3
  • TIM-7030 - Managing Risk, Security, & Privacy in Information Systems
  • Specialization Course 4
  • TIM-7101 - Statistics with Technology Applications
  • Specialization Course 5
  • TIM-7040 - Technology Policy & Strategy
  • Specialization Course 6
  • TIM-7211 - Introduction to Research Design & Methodology for Technology Leaders
  • TIM-7221 - Quantitative Research Design for Technology Leaders **
  • -OR-
  • TIM-7231 - Qualitative Research Design for Technology Leaders **
  • -OR
  • TIM-7241 - Constructive Research Design for Technology Leaders **
  • TIM-7225 - Directed Quantitative Research **
  • -OR-
  • TIM-7235 - Directed Qualitative Research **
  • -OR-
  • TIM-7245 - Directed Constructive Research **
  • CMP-9701T - Pre-Candidacy Prospectus
  • 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

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the doctoral degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of “B” or better.

The PhD-TM degree programs have the following graduation requirements:

  • A minimum of 48 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed through NCU
  • GPA of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
  • Satisfactory completion of the PhD-TM Pre-Candidacy Prospectus
  • University approval of Dissertation Manuscript and Oral Defense completed
  • Submission of approved final dissertation manuscript to the university registrar, including the original unbound manuscript and an electronic copy
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their complimentary diploma or degree-posted transcript


To speak with an Enrollment Advisor, call (866) 776-0331 or email


Why Choose Northcentral University?

  • Classes Start Weekly: Your Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Technology Management is flexible with NCU’s year-round enrollment and weekly class starts.
  • 1:1 Teaching Model: Our 100% doctoral faculty meet with you one-on-one, so you can focus on what matters — making a difference with your degree.
  • Online Community: To help students feel less isolated in a virtual learning environment, we created a community space called The Commons. The purpose was to create an interactive space for students to make real-time connections, meet, share ideas, and support each other through their academic journeys.

  • NO Residency
  • NO Group Work
  • 100% Online Learning
  • 100% Doctoral Faculty