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George Mason University

Information Technology, PhD

Program Overview

The program encompasses all aspects of information technology and the branches of engineering most closely associated with information and engineering.  Our focus on the science, engineering, and technology of information processing complements and enhances traditional approaches to engineering that are more strongly based on the physical and material sciences. The information technology PhD program is broad, and includes several specific concentrations.

PhD IT Forms and Resources

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.

Highlights from the university catalog.

The degree plan outlined here is based on a student who receives a full 30 credit reduction. Students who do not receive a full credit reduction will be required to choose additional credits in consultation with their advisors.


Digital Forensics (DFOR)
Information Sciences and Technology (ISTC)
Information Security and Assurance (ISA)
Information Systems (ISYS)
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Software Engineering (SWE)


The PhD program in Information Technology allows students to conduct their doctoral research under the supervision of any eligible faculty member of any of the school's departments. The program encourages students to choose a concentration in one of the following areas:

  • Digital Forensics
  • Information Security and Assurance
  • Information Science and Technology
  • Information Systems
  • Software Engineering
This information is being provided here for your planning purposes only. For official catalog information, please refer instead to the official George Mason University Catalog Website at