Ph.D. in Information Assurance (DIA)
- Program Overview
- Program Format
- Learning Outcomes
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Information Assurance (DIA) at Nova Southeastern University’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS) requires a minimum of 64 credits. Its cluster format combines traditional and online instruction to provide professionals the opportunity to pursue graduate study while continuing to work in their current positions. The program is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, research program that prepares graduates for key positions in academia, in federal, state and local government agencies, and in business and industry. The curriculum combines both technically intensive and management- focused security courses to provide acomprehensive approach to the study of information assurance/information security. Each student must complete eight core courses, two research courses, and a dissertation.
The DIA program is recognized by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As a result of this recognition federal agencies may sponsor civilian and military personnel to take the school’s certified graduate courses, and the school is authorized to issue certificates to students who complete such courses.Program Sheet (pdf)
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Each student must complete eight core courses, two research courses, and a dissertation in an area of current information assurance research. The program requires at least 64 credit hours, of which 40 are for courses and at least 24 are for the dissertation. The dissertation must be in an area closely related to information security. Courses and dissertation registrations are as follows:
Required Core Courses (four credits each) (Select four or five.)
Elective Core Courses (four credits each) (Select three or four to total eight core courses.)
Research Registrations: Each student will be required to complete two directed research courses, ISEC 898. (Students beginning fall 2014 or later will instead take two or more sections of ISEC 885, Doctoral Research.) These courses will be taken at the end of the student’s coursework. These directed study courses will enable the student, with the support of a faculty advisor, to identify a viable research topic and conduct preliminary research that will lead to formal candidacy for the student.