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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 University of Northern Iowa offers the Doctor of Technology degree to meet the increasing need for advanced degree work in this field. Applied technology is a relatively new and rapidly expanding knowledge base for a wide variety of professional fields: these include technology, applied engineering, trade and industrial education, technical institute education, industrial training, and technology transfer. This applied research-oriented terminal degree program also includes the study of the technological systems used in industry and their effect on society and culture.

The Doctor of Technology degree is designed to develop scholars in the fields of education and industry. Programs emphasize the development of a thorough knowledge of

  1. (a) Technology as an intellectual discipline,
  2. (b) the technological systems used in industry and their effect on people and the environment, and
  3. (c) the potential and limitations of future developments in technological systems and their utilization in industry.

Program emphasis is on providing the intellectual tools necessary to pursue scholarly research and applied practices in the field of applied engineering and technology. Efforts will be made to develop in each student the interest and desire required for a leadership role in improving educational and technology programs and determining directions for future programs. The terminal degree program requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit completed beyond the master's degree, including a minimum of 38 hours in 200/6000-level or 300/7000-level course work.

The Doctor of 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.

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 contact the Department of Technology for other admission 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 Technology refer to and other sections 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:



TECH 6282 (330:282)

Technology Seminar (3 hrs.)

TECH 6292 (330:292)

Research Methods in Technology

TECH 6295 (330:295)

Advanced Management and Supervision Technology

TECH 7375 (330:375)

Developments in Technology

TECH 7377 (330:377)

Readings in Technology and Society

TECH 7378 (330:378)

Technology, Ethics and Leadership


PSYCH 6001 (400:239)

Advanced Statistics

or STAT 6772 (800:272)

Advanced Statistical Methods

Supporting course work:


Supporting course work may be taken from any discipline at the university as long as it relates to the career goals and competencies that are approved by the student's D.T. advisory committee. A minimum of 9 hours of supporting course work, beyond the required core program must be taken outside the Department of Technology.

The following courses are recommended for the D.T. students who are planning to teach in secondary and/or higher educational institutions:

Instructional Technology/Postsecondary Education:

INSTTECH 6210 (240:210)

Distance Education

INSTTECH 6235 (240:235)

Performance Management and Technology

INSTTECH 6237 (240:237)

Coordinating Technology in an Educational Setting

INSTTECH 7340 (240:340)

Designing Instructional Systems

POSTSEC 6231 (170:231)

Assessment in Postsecondary Education

POSTSEC 6250 (170:250)

Teaching in College

D.T. Internship:



TECH 7388 (330:388)

Doctoral Internship

D.T. Dissertation:



TECH 7399 (330:399)

Research (Doctoral Dissertation)

Total Hours