Looking for a School
Finding schools that offer PHd degrees in Technology is not as hard as it once was. With the advent of high-tech jobs, advancement in computer, Internet proliferation and networking, professionals with advanced degrees in computer technology are highly sought after. It is possible to find programs that exist online and offline; at technical schools and traditional universities that will provide a solid education in this arena. When looking for a PHd degree, start early enough and do your legwork on the school and the program.
Some things to look for include –
Well-integrated program course requirements
A well-balanced PHd program should generally have a period of compulsory coursework, practicum courses and a dissertation-writing period. While PHd programs normally have some requirement to pass a comprehensive exam after completion of coursework, it should not be a major focus. Inquire about the length of time expected for each component. Be wary of PHd programs that don’t require a dissertation. No matter how technical the program, the dissertation is an important component that shows your innovativeness and contribution to the growing field. It is your chance to put your stamp on the evolving work in the field. A typical PHd program in technology will involve compulsory coursework in computer hardware, software, design followed by coursework in the degree specialization, namely, management, evaluation, education, etc.
School accreditation and reputation
Make sure that the school is accredited nationally so that the PHd degree is recognized in the field. Also, ask aro und about the number of years the school has offered the PHd. There is a bit of a risk when studying at a school with a brand new PHd program. While this can be an exciting adventure, there is always the uncertainty of the continued success of the program and its student body. Don’t take the chance; instead, find a well-established program from a reputable school. (Photo taken by Kelly Martin; Courtesy of WikiMedia Commons)
Job placement success
Get statistics on the rate of job placement for the school’s graduates. Most schools will compute this each year or every few years, considering that most PHd programs are not very large. Some schools will give you the contact information of current students in their program or will provide you with information on what these students are working on in their degrees.