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Mission and Goals

The PhD IT Program consists of four components:  1) Program of Study; 2) Content Specialty Area; 3) Dissertation; and 4) a Comprehensive Exam. Through this course structure, The Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology Program seeks to prepare candidates:

  • To use predictive analytics to identify cyber threats, employ big data analytics to improve healthcare, and empower smart cities to make policy changes for societal well-being.
  • To problem-solve – developing research-based, strategic, effective, and ethical solutions to optimize best practices in the field. 
  • To strengthen communication, collaboration, research, and critical thinking skills through a rigorous academic experience.
  • To equip graduates to meet the aggressive demand for qualified data scientists in virtually every sector of the economy.

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Teacher
MAT Program

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MACS Program

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Founder & President
CIS

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Elementary School Teacher

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PA Program Student

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PA Program Student

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Assistant Manager
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

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Accountant
Southeastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries

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PA Program Student

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Coordinator of Radiology and Radiation Safety Officer
Baptist Regional Medical Center

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Controller
Baptist Regional Medical Center

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Accountant
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Superintendent
Laurens County School District

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Teacher

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Assistant Principal
MAED Program Student

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