University of the Cumberlands Online PhD in Information Technology

Discussion in 'IT and Computer-Related Degrees' started by Marcus Aurelius, Jan 29, 2018.

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  1. PhD4Oldman

    PhD4Oldman New Member

    Thanks Kizmet for your feedback. Your saying is all true. In my case, the tenure track is not really necessary for me. If I do teach, I would teach based on my strong industrial/technical experiences. An PhD is just a ticket for networking. As I mentioned before, all online schools face the same dilemma as you said. If you want assurance, go with a traditional brick-and-mortar university. I did try to apply to my local State University, but with their fixed schedules, workloads, and requirements; there's no way I can handle it. So what is your story? Which university and what program are you in?
     
  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    Well, if one's plans change, then often so should one's approach. It sucks when there are sunk costs, but that's life in an uncertain world.

    Hopefully you meant "as an adjunct", because I wouldn't bet on getting a tenure track position, especially as a career changer. Cumberlands isn't ranked highly enough for that, especially in the D.C. area where competition is very, very stiff.

    Kizmet's right, I'm still in the dissertation phase, but if you saw my long thread on that, then I don't have anything new to add, other than to say welcome and good luck. :)
     
  3. graduate

    graduate Member

    Well I'm also enrolled at UC but took a break this semester for a possible job change. If I get some leverage of getting some tuition reimbursement, I would surely go to a better option (or even a low tier local option). Like if I move to DC, I would either opt for University of Maryland for a better name or some low tiered university like captech for better networking options.
     
  4. PhD2B

    PhD2B Dazed and Confused

    I am going strong with the UC PhD IT program. I am working on my dissertation proposal now and will start writing my literature review once my topic is approved.
     
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  5. tpg

    tpg New Member

    Hello, I have a question about content specialty area course selection. Do I have to select all 8 courses from every 3 areas (Digital forensics, Info Securities, and Info Technolgy)? or 8 from every single area? To be more clear, whether mix and match from those 3 areas allowed or not ?. I am not getting a clear direction from the graduate department.
     
  6. tpg

    tpg New Member

    Congratulations on your progress!!

    , I have a question about content specialty area course selection. Do I have to select all 8 courses from every 3 areas (Digital forensics, Info Securities, and Info Technolgy)? or 8 from every single area? To be more clear, whether mix and match from those 3 areas allowed or not ?. I am not getting a clear direction from the graduate department.
     
  7. PhD4Oldman

    PhD4Oldman New Member

    You would take course from one single specialty area. The purpose of PhD is to study deep in one narrow field.
     
  8. tpg

    tpg New Member

    Thank you very much for your quick response. My goal is to specialize in the Info-Tech area but the list I got from UoC consists of only 6 content specialty courses. I am going to talk to Kami today. May I know which specialty area you took? How is your experience?
     
  9. PhD2B

    PhD2B Dazed and Confused

    PhD4Oldman beat me to the response. What he said. ;)
     
  10. PhD2B

    PhD2B Dazed and Confused

    I completed an information systems (IS) specialty. My second masters degree is in IS, so I transferred 18 credits into the program for an IS specialty. I rounded that out with two additional courses from UC: One in data mining (ITS 632) and another in organization leader and decision making (ITS 630).
     
  11. tpg

    tpg New Member

    Thank you for your update. I heard that there is a comprehensive exam before the dissertation. Is that from a specific course or from the mix of all? I hope that is not going to be tough!
     
  12. PhD2B

    PhD2B Dazed and Confused

    There is a comprehensive exam. I'm not sure which courses it covers, but I expect it will cover the six core courses.
     
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  13. tpg

    tpg New Member

    Good Luck. Keep us posted with your progress.
     
  14. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Comprehensive exams are just that, comprehensive. They cover everything.
     
  15. PhD2B

    PhD2B Dazed and Confused

    No always. My comprehensive exam for my MS in operations research only covered four of the core courses. My comprehensive exam for my MS in information systems covered all six of the core courses. I guess you could say my first exam was comprehensive lite. ;)
     
  16. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    Or rather, it was incomprehensive? ;)
     
  17. ITJD

    ITJD Member

    Throwing my hat onto the UC hat rack.

    Just finished the MSCSIA at WGU and working through the admissions process. I expect to go the way Steve's going. I've got tuition reimbursement at work and I seriously doubt I'll be moving faster than it will compensate.

    Any advice or thoughts that could be thrown my way regarding the program would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    ITJD
     
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  18. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    as long as it wasn't incomprehensible
     
  19. PhD2B

    PhD2B Dazed and Confused

    Either way, it was painful!

    :emoji_weary:
     
  20. Taskin Haque

    Taskin Haque New Member

    Hi, I have got admission in the PhD in IT program for Summer 19. Would be very helpful to know your experience. What is the pattern for the comprehensive exam? How is the quality of education and amount of course load now a days? Thanks in advance for your help.
     

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