Frequently Asked Questions

Recognized Research Doctorates

The following information is extracted from a report from the U.S. Department of Education:

“The best-known research doctorate title awarded in the United States is the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). However, there are a number of other doctoral titles that enjoy the same status and represent variants of the Ph.D. within certain fields. All of them have similar content requirements.”

“The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) recognizes the following degrees as equivalent to the Ph.D.:

Doctor of Forestry (D.F.)
Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.)
Doctor of Geological Science (D.G.S.) Doctor of Hebrew Literature/Letters(D.H.L.)
Doctor of Health and Safety (D.H.S.) Doctor of Hebrew Studies (D.H.S.)
Doctor of Industrial Technology (D.I.T.) Doctor of Library Science (D.L.S.)
Doctor of Music (D.M.)
Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Doctor of Musical Education (D.M.E.) Doctor of Ministry (D.Min./D.M.)

Doctor of Modern Languages (D.M.L.)
Doctor of Music Ministry (D.M.M.)
Doctor of Medical Science (D.M.Sc.)
Doctor of Nursing Science (D.N.Sc.)
Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.H.)
Doctor of Physical Education(D.P.E.) Doctor of Public Health(D.P.H.)
Doctor of Professional Studies (D.P.S.)
Doctor of Design (Dr.DES.)
Doctor of Religious Education
Doctor of Recreation (D.Rec./D.R.) Doctor of Science (D.Sc./Sc.D.)

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Why Consider the Doctor Of Professional Studies in Computing?

  • Enhance effectiveness as an information technology professional
  • Implement new knowledge and skills immediately
  • Pursue applied research
  • Evaluate, create, develop and implement contemporary solutions to an organization's computing and information technology needs
  • Conceptualize and create new products

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Doctor of Professional Studies in Computing Versus Other Programs?

  • Advance the practice of computing through applied research and development
  • Integrate computing and professional cultures
  • Participate in doctoral study while maintaining a professional career
  • Enter as a class of about 20 students, and graduate as a class in 3 years
  • Enthusiastic and dedicated faculty committed to the student’s successful and timely completion

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Who Should Apply?

  • Can devote frequent and substantial time to doctoral study
  • Have an independent learning style
  • Are self-motivated and self-disciplined
  • Seek part-time doctoral education while full-time employed information technology professionals
  • Cannot attend regularly scheduled classes

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What Are Requirements for Admission?

  • Master's degree in computing/information technology, or master’s degree in a closely related field and very strong technical professional computing experience
  • Generally 5 or more years of advanced professional information technology experience
  • Demonstrated ability to learn in both a formal academic environment and through independent study

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What Is the Necessary Commitment for the Student and the Employer?

  • 15 - 20 hours of study per week in addition to the on-campus weekends
  • Support and understanding of the employer will facilitate student’s ability to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Program of study be of high priority among personal and professional commitments
  • Dissertation research may be more meaningful if it were related to an area of the student's current or future professional endeavors

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What Is the Educational Mission of Doctor of Professional Studies in Computing?

  • To discover and investigate the frontiers of information technology employing the emerging technologies of systems, software engineering, software design and implementation, and networking in a distributed architecture accessible via the internet
  • To develop professionals who are aware of the current state-of-the-practice and who will be able to advance the state-of-the practice
  • To expand and enrich the knowledge base
  • To conceptualize and enhance the student’s experience
  • To extend and sharpen the student’s skills
  • To promote creativity

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What Is the Nature of the Program?

  • Breadth across applied computer science, information systems, software engineering, telecommunications, and emerging information technologies, as well as depth through applied research and development
  • Intensive, 48-credit post-master's degree program that can be completed through part-time study in 3 or 4 years with a minimal disruption of work, including the completion of the dissertation
  • Integrated preparation for the dissertation research with close and continuous interaction with the faculty
  • Integration of monthly on-campus weekend meetings with remote interaction via internet technologies
  • Students have a wide range of professional expertise in computing and information technology
  • Interaction with other students is an important component of the learning experience
  • Integrative core provides a holistic understanding of computing as a coherent discipline and the environments in which computer-based systems operate
  • Proceed through the curriculum as a class
  • The integration of academic and professional aspects of computing
  • The dissertation committee ideally will be composed of two faculty members and one industry member
  • While not a requirement, dissertation research may be more meaningful if it were related to an area of current or future professional endeavor

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