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 Graduate College

Doctor of Industrial Technology (DIT)

Department of Technology
25 Industrial Technology Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0178

Interim Head: Dr. Shahram VarzaVand
Phone: (319) 273-2561

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Julie Zhang
Phone: (319) 273-2596

Read the UNI Catalog description:

The Doctor of Industrial Technology (D.I.T.) degree is designed to develop scholars in the fields of education and industry. The University of Northern Iowa offers the D.I.T. degree to meet the increasing need for advanced degree work in the field of Industrial Technology, which includes, but is not limited to, technology, applied engineering, trade and industrial education, technical institute education, industrial training, and technology transfer. This research-oriented terminal degree program also includes the study of the technological systems used in industry and their effect on society and culture.

The D.I.T. program emphasizes the development of a thorough knowledge of

  1. Industrial technology as an intellectual discipline,
  2. The technological systems used in industry and their effect on people and the environment, and
  3. The potential and limitations of future developments in technological systems and their utilization in industry
  4. the intellectual tools necessary to pursue scholarly research and applied practices in the field of industrial technology and applied engineering.

The Doctor of Industrial Technology degree program is intended to prepare graduates for one or more of the following professional careers:

  1. Faculty, supervisors, and consultants of applied engineering or technology, trade and industrial education, technical institute education and technology education in secondary schools, colleges and universities.
  2. Researchers and project coordinators, technology transfer specialists, technology forecasters and assessors of technology for industrial policy planning and decision making.
  3. Academic leaders (e.g., deans, department heads, or directors) of technology-oriented programs at postsecondary institutions.
  4. Researchers and research coordinators for education and industry in specific content fields of technology.
  5. Designers, coordinators and directors of applied/engineering and/or industrial training or human resource programs, and related industrial applications.

The Doctor of Industrial Technology degree program requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit completed beyond the master's degree, including aminimum of 38 hours in 200/6000-level or 300/7000-level course work. Courses taken for the Master's degree cannot be repeated for the doctoral degree unless the course description allows it.

It is the student's responsibility to be familiar with all degree program requirements and take the initiative in meeting established guidelines. This information may be obtained from the Graduate Programs Coordinator in the Department of Technology.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Department of Technology for other application requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at  For requirements concerning admission, candidacy, scholarship, residence, examinations, dissertation, and graduation for the Doctor of Industrial Technology refer to and the Graduate Information section of this catalog.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is required for admission to the program. The minimum GRE scores for a full admission status must rank as the 30th percentile in verbal, the 30th percentile in analytical writing, and the 50th percentile in quantitative sections.

Required core:18
Technology Seminar (Three 1 credit hour course)
Research Design in Technology
Historical and Contemporary Issues in Technology
Technology and Societal Trends: Case Studies
Technology, Ethics and Leadership
Advanced Statistics
Applied Statistical Methods for Research
Statistical Quality Assurance Methods
Required Technical Elective Courses9
A minimum of 9 credit hours from 6000 or 7000 level courses should be taken in the department of Technology related to the student’s career goals and competencies that are related to the student’s dissertation. Students cannot receive credit for the same courses that they took for the Master's program.
Supporting Course Work15
The supporting course work can be taken from any discipline at the university (including the technology department) as long as it relates to the career goals and competencies. Students cannot receive credit for the same courses that they took for the Master's program.
D.I.T. Internship:6
Doctoral Internship
D.I.T. Dissertation:12
Research (Doctoral Dissertation)
Total Hours60