Information Systems Management

Develop your expertise in information systems management with this specialization that addresses the management challenges facing technology-based businesses. Gain the knowledge and skills to help align business needs with technological solutions, identify new applications for technology, and leverage technological solutions in order to enhance your organization’s competitive position in the marketplace. Examine how technological solutions can be affected in a global environment. Coursework focuses on the development of writing and critical-thinking skills at the doctoral level.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 sem. cr.)
  • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
  • Core business course (3 sem. cr.)
  • Business strategy course (3 sem. cr.)
  • Research methods courses (12 sem. cr.)
  • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Study
    • Doctoral Mentoring (4 sem. cr.)
    • Doctoral study writing courses (3 sem. cr. per term for a minimum of 5 terms until completion, with two 8-week terms taken per semester)
  • Two face-to-face academic residencies

Walden students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the doctoral study course shell.

Please refer to Walden’s catalog for more information about degree requirements.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.


Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8881G Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

Foundation Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8006 Course Contemporary Challenges in Business Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Core Business Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8151 Course Organizational Leadership: Doctoral Theory and Practice Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Business Strategy Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8161 Course Business Strategy and Innovation for Competitive Advantage Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Research Method Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8300 Course Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology for Applied Business Research Credits (4 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 8303 Course Qualitative and Case Study Methodology for Business Analysis Research Credits (4 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 8307B Course Quantitative Business Data Analysis Using SPSS Credits (4 sem. cr.)

Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8510 Course Seminar in Global Supply Chain Management Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 8511 Course Seminar in Innovation Management Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 8512 Course Seminar in IT for Competitive Advantage Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Doctoral Studies Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8101*
or
DDBA 8101C*
or
DDBA 8101P*
Course Doctoral Study Mentoring

Doctoral Study Mentoring

Doctoral Portfolio Capstone Mentoring
Credits (1 sem. cr.)

(1 sem. cr.)

(1 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 9001
or
DDBA 9001C
or
DDBA 9001P
Course Doctoral Study Completion

Doctoral Study Completion

Doctoral Portfolio Capstone Completion
Credits (continuous enrollment in 3 sem. cr. per term for a minimum of five terms until completion, with two 8-week terms taken per semester)

(continuous enrollment in 3 sem. cr. per term for a minimum of five terms until completion, with two 8-week terms taken per semester)

(continuous enrollment in 3 sem. cr. per term for a minimum of five terms until completion, with two 8-week terms taken per semester)

*1 sem. cr. per term; taken for 4 terms (two 8-week terms taken per semester) concurrently with the last research course (DDBA 8307B) and three specialization courses

**Students are continuously enrolled in DDBA 9001/9001C/9001P for a minimum of five 8-week terms until completion of their doctoral study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their doctoral study on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the doctoral study process in the DBA Doctoral Study Rubric and Handbook.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe
Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements. See the policy in the Walden University Student Handbook. Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.

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