The University of Fairfax Doctorate of Information Assurance (DIA) is distinguished among cybersecurity leaders. Our doctoral students have diverse professional objectives - such as becoming a cybersecurity leader, policymaker, applied researcher or academic. Your admissions advisor will guide you to pursue the doctoral program that best fits your career goals and interests.
As a doctoral student, all of your courses here will explore relevant cybersecurity policy issues in enterprise management, you'll complete a cybersecurity project in each, enabling you to make immediate and lasting workplace contributions. You'll learn from leading, practitioner cybersecurity faculty whose cybersecurity colleagues can become an integral part of your professional network throughout your career.
You can access your project-driven courses online from any location, when it's convenient for you, and easily communicate with your instructors and classmates. You'll progress through your coursework in a group, which provides opportunities for collaborative learning and support, as well as more personalized instruction.
Close communication with your advisor and the University's unique Dissertation Project Plan enable you to complete manageable milestones that ensure you're making steady progress toward completing your dissertation and reaching your goal.
Potential Careers for Doctorate in Information Assurance graduates:
When you graduate with a DIA at Fairfax, you will be prepared for many exciting careers in this growing industry. Our graduates have gone on to work in high-level positions in the United States Navy, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Lockheed Martin, Cisco Systems, Wells Fargo, and more!
Whether you want to work as a Chief Technology Officer at a major enterprise or teach at a university level, we will help you develop the skills to succeed in your chosen career. Learn more about the career potential for some of the most common jobs in the cybersecurity field:
Chief Information Officer or Chief Technology Officer
CIOs and CTOs are top-level executives in an organization that ensure that the business is meeting its stated goals. Given the complexity of executing business strategy, these positions are often filled by highly-skilled and high-earning people with advanced degrees.
Information Technology Strategist
An I.T. Strategist is responsible for a business’s technology strategy and for I.T. security. This is critical for a business because of the myriad ways that technology can reduce costs yield greater efficiency and profit for an organization. The strategist evaluates where the business and its clients can benefit from innovative technologies and implements this technology, ensuring compliance with security regulations.
Computer and Information Systems Manager
Computer and Information Systems Managers oversee computer systems for an organization. They help determine and implement information technology goals and are often responsible for ensuring network security and compliance with federal and state regulations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for Computer and Information Systems Managers was $135,800 in May 2016.
Overall, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects cybersecurity professions to grow at an average rate of 13% between 2016-2026. This means that students seeking advanced security skills should strongly consider the online Doctorate of Information Assurance program at University of Fairfax.
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