Applied Computer Science
- Course Information
With today’s rapid changes in technology, business and research institutions look for leaders who can help them maintain a competitive edge. With the Applied Computer Science PhD specialization, you’ll develop advanced knowledge and skills in the information technology field by exploring complex database management systems, advanced topics in management information systems, C++ programming, distributed computing fundamentals for technology leaders and advanced topics in network communications. Graduates from the Computer Science PhD online program serve as researchers, business leaders for computer science initiatives or work in academia.
General Degree Requirements
Admission to a doctoral program at NCU requires a master's degree from an accredited institution.
The PhD program may be completed in 60 credits. Up to an additional 15 credit hours will be allowed as needed to complete dissertation research. 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.
Completion Period for Doctoral Degrees
Northcentral University allows 7 years to complete all doctoral programs of 60 credits or less. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred.
Foundational Competencies for DBA Programs
- Graduate-Level Research Methods Competency - PhD students are required to complete BTM8102, BTM8103, BTM8104, BTM8106, BTM8107, BTM8108 and BTM8109 at Northcentral.
- Graduate-Level Statistics Competency - PhD students are required to complete BTM8107 Statistics II at Northcentral.
- Computer Competency - Doctoral students are required to have computer skills necessary for completing a dissertation. Students must be able to prepare documents using advanced word processing skills (e.g., creation of tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, hanging indents). Students must use computer programs for the statistical analysis of data (e.g., SAS). Students must produce a computer-based presentation (e.g., PowerPoint) for their dissertation oral defense.
Complex Database Management Systems
The database administration field continues to grow exponentially, requiring executives and workers to hold advanced knowledge regarding network architecture and current technologies. The Corporation Information Officer (CIO) is an example of a new executive role that has emerged as a result of this growth, requiring specialized advanced education in the Information Technology field. This course analyzes network architecture and design, including such topics as WAN, LAN, Wireless, and other leading edge technologies in network architecture from an executive perspective, exploring emerging case study applications of contemporary database software applications. Students will be evaluated on technical research projects, and case studies applied in the business areas using database applications.
Advanced Networking Technologies for Technology Leaders
The Network Administration course focuses on the network administrator. The Network Administrator will concentrate on the overall health of the network, server deployment, security, and ensuring that the network connectivity throughout a company's LAN/WAN infrastructure is on par with technical considerations at the network level of an organization's hierarchy. This course will focus on topics such as computer, network and server security and other technologies in network architecture. Evaluation of peer reviewed journal articles will include case studies, and projects.
Advanced Topics in Management Information Systems
The Information Technology field continues to grow exponentially, requiring students to hold advanced knowledge of information, technology, and systems. The Management Information Systems discipline needs professionals familiar with where the field has been and where it is going. The purpose of this course is to explore advanced topics including concepts, applications, and future directions of Management Information Systems. Students will be evaluated on research projects and case studies.
Advanced Topics in Network Communications
The Information Technology (IT) field continues to grow exponentially, requiring candidates to hold advanced knowledge regarding contemporary applications of client server Web architecture. The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is an example of a new executive role that has emerged as a result of this growth, requiring specialized advanced education in the IT field. This course explores advanced topics in Network Architecture and Technology, including concepts, applications, and future directions regarding the development of networks for business systems. Students will be evaluated on final research projects, and case studies of businesses, performing an analysis against various Network Architecture and Technology topographies to maximize systems performances.
Programming Language Fundamentals for Technology Leaders
In this course, students explore advanced topics in Programming Languages and Principles, including concepts, applications, and future directions regarding business systems development. The Information Technology field continues to grow exponentially, requiring executives to hold advanced knowledge regarding contemporary applications of programming languages and principles. The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is an example of a new executive role that has emerged as a result of this growth, requiring specialized leadership education in the Information Technology field. In order to assume this role, the CIO must understand the basics of programming and programming language design.
Software Engineering Fundamentals for Technology Leaders
In this course, students will recognize the importance of modeling associated with software development. As more businesses become electronic, the need for experienced software developers increases. Software engineers, system architects, computer programmers, and information technology programmers will benefit from this course by becoming familiar with the processes technology leaders use prior to the design and implementation stage of software development. Students will assume the roles of software engineers to give them the experience and confidence that is necessary to succeed in this field.
Distributed Computing Fundamentals for Technology Leaders
The focus of this course is the development of a professional understanding of the value and uses of Distributed Computing systems, architectures and processes aimed at meeting the business and financial needs of an organization. This course is designed for students who want an overview of designing systems that connect with multiple systems. This course provides students with a synthesis regarding the ways in which system architects, analysts, and engineers might develop a system aimed to enhance end-user satisfaction. The course concentrates on the tools needed for the mastery of Distributed Computing concepts and terms, which are important for all managers who communicate with technologies.
IT Network Architecture
This course provides a professional understanding of the value and uses of information systems architectures and processes aimed to improve the overall performances of an organization. This course is designed for students who want an overview of designing an enterprise architecture, computer networks, systems applications, and information systems processes. This course provides students with a synthesis regarding the ways in which technologists might develop an enterprise network architecture to improve application accessibility, data storage, and management, communications, and business processes. The course concentrates on providing the tools needed for mastery of enterprise network architecture concepts and terms, which are important for all managers who communicate with technologists about business-related planning that aims to improve enterprise network systems.
At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s PhD in Business Administration costs below:
- Per credit cost: $1,129
- Per 3 credit course cost: $3,387
- Program cost: $68,090 - $71,477
- Average book cost per course: $110
- Application Fee: $0
- Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
- Registration Fee: $0
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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.
Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.
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