Catalog 2010-2012

Doctor of Industrial Technology Degree Program

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

The Doctor of Industrial Technology degree is designed to develop scholars in the fields of education and industry. Programs emphasize the development of a thorough knowledge of (a) industrial technology as an intellectual discipline, (b) the technological systems used in industry and their effect on people and the environment, and (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 industrial technology. Efforts will be made to develop in each student the interest and desire required for a leadership role in improving educational and industrial programs and determining directions for future programs. The degree program requires a minimum of 64 semester hours of credit completed beyond the master's degree.

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 industrial 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. 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 industrial technology.
  5. Designers, coordinators and directors of 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 Industrial Technology.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Industrial Technology for any 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 Industrial Technology degree see page xxx.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is required for admission to the program.


Required core program:

  Industrial Technology foundations.....12 hours

    Industrial Technology: 330:375; 330:376; 330:377; 330:378.

  Seminars.....4 hours

    Industrial Technology: 330:282 (3 hrs.). (Students must enroll in a one-hour seminar during the first three sessions on campus.)

    Industrial Technology: 330:283 (1 hr.).

  Research, Statistical Methods.....9 hours

    Measurement and Research: 250:180.

    Industrial Technology: 330:292; 330:296.

  Internship.....6 hours

    Industrial Technology: 330:388.

  Dissertation.....12 hours

    Industrial Technology: 330:399.

Supporting course work.....21 hours

Supporting course work may be taken from any discipline in the university as long as it relates to the career goals and competencies identified on the program of study and is approved by the student's faculty advisory committee. A minimum of 8 hours of supporting course work, beyond the required core program, must be taken outside the Department of Industrial Technology.

64 hours