Doctorate in Information Assurance

If you seek to be recognized as a cybersecurity problem solver in senior management, policy-making, consulting or in an analyst position, you will want to pursue this degree. And if you wish to demonstrate expertise in creating innovative, feasible solutions for challenging cybersecurity problems at the enterprise level, you will want to pursue this degree.

As a DIA student you will identify a challenging, focused, cybersecurity problem relevant to your interests. Then, utilizing existing empirical research you will systematically design a novel solution and assess its feasibility for addressing the problem. Your dissertation will thoroughly document what you did and how you did it. DIA graduates can use their dissertations to pursue publishing opportunities.

Comparison Dimensions Doctorate in Information Assurance
Research Project Scope Focused Cybersecurity Problem
Scope of Applied Research Conducted Using existing research and theory, design a novel solution, assess its feasibility and describe the implications for cybersecurity best practices
Dissertation Required Documentation of how the solution was designed, feasibility was assessed, and the implications for cybersecurity best practices
Qualifying Exam Evaluates mastery of concepts of applied research
No. of Comprehensive Exams One
Minimum Number of Credits Required Beyond Master's 62
Completion Time 3-5 years
Publishable Research Opportunities Yes
Admissions Requirements Master's and three years of relevant experience
Online Delivery Asynchronous and Synchronous
Student Career Objectives Expert cybersecurity practitioner in management, policy or consulting
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DIA Program Objectives

The DIA program fosters the development of professionals who:

  • Are recognized as practitioners with expertise in a specialized field of study relevant to the cybersecurity community
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the analysis of information assurance issues
  • Utilize an evidence-based approach to solution identification when addressing problems relevant to the cybersecurity community
  • Demonstrate competence in conducting solution-focused field research relevant to information assurance practitioners
  • Make continuing contributions to knowledge and practice in the field of cybersecurity

DIA Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the DIA degree program, you will be able to:

  • Analyze, assess and critique the applicability of best practices in addressing information assurance issues
  • Demonstrate secondary research competencies in the investigation and identification of problems experienced by information assurance practitioners
  • Develop evidence-based recommendations for solutions which address problems relevant to the cybersecurity community
  • Empirically assess the feasibility of a proposed solution for a problem affecting the cybersecurity community
  • Articulate a thorough understanding of a specialized field of study relevant to the cybersecurity community
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