Plan of Study

Students will complete a minimum of 90 credit hours for the Doctor of Technology. Up to 30 credit hours may be accepted from a M.S., M.A. or M.B.A. credentialed program. Additional courses consist of 21 credit hours of core curriculum. The last 15 credit hours earned by successfully proposing and completing an applied/use-inspired dissertation. There are 24 hours consisting of electives that are offered by the Polytechnic Institute.

As you complete your first full semester, we'll work with you to establish your individual Plan of Study (POS). Each student’s plan of study will be unique, designed to meet the needs of their individual background and interests. Advisory committees will work with students to develop a plan of study that best meets their individual academic needs and career goals. All students are required to have an approved Plan of Study in order to graduate from Purdue.

The Plan of Study serves as a contract between you, your advisory committee, and Purdue University’s Graduate School. Your POS is a blueprint for successful completion of your degree requirements. The plan must be approved adhering to department and Graduate School policies. We strongly encourage students to have an approved Plan of Study on file by the end of their first semester.

Masters Degree Credit Approvals

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 30 credits of course work from their master's degree.

Transfer Credits

If you have additional course work not applied towards the completion of the masters degree, up to 12 credit hours may be submitted for transfer and must meet the following requirements of the Graduate School transfer policy:

  • Consistent with the current curriculum
  • Completed with grades B or better
  • From an accredited institution
  • Transfer credits cannot have been used toward the requirements of an awarded degree
  • Research credits cannot be transferred; only course credits may be transferred

The D. Tech. Advisory Committee evaluates all graduate transfer credits. To have courses evaluated for transfer, we will need an official transcript, the course name/number, and the course description. 

21 Credit-Hours of Core Curriculum

Core Courses Credit-Hours Fall Spring

Technology Leadership in the Era of Social Media

3

 
Technology Research & Use of Data Analytics

3

 
Global Supply Chain Management

3

 
Leadership of CyberSecurity & CyberForensics

3

 

Global Perspectives on Emerging Technologies

3

 

Demographic Leadership

3

 
Analysis of Research

3

 

15 Credit-Hours for a Dissertation

This requirement consists of 15 credit-hours of research that are focused on a current issue within industry. Once the dissertation is completed the results are defended to the graduate committee. It is recommended that the graduate committee contain one member from your current employer. 

24 Credit-Hours of Elective Courses

The program is designed to prepare tomorrow's business leaders, today. As a Purdue graduate student you will receive engaging and relevant instructor-led training, collaboration with your peers and gain real-world skills while in a comfortable, ready-to-learn atmosphere. As new elective options become available they will be listed here. 

Electives Courses Credit-Hours Fall Spring

Contemporary Issues in Organizational Leadership

3

 

Leading and Managing Technology Organizations

3

 
Coaching and Mentoring

3

 

Leading Diverse Global Teams

3

 

Negotiating in a Digital Age

3

 

Global, Legal, Ethical Issues for Technology Leaders

3

 
Technology Law and Policy

3

 

Global Partnerships

3

 

Strategic Management of Technology

3

 

Emerging World-Class Leadership Strategies

3

 

Interpersonal & Group Skills for Leaders

3

 

Strategic Plan & Marketing

3

 

Independent Study

1-9