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Ph.D. in Information Assurance (DIA)

  • Program Overview
  • Program Format
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Admissions

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)
Students taking courses attend four cluster sessions per year, held quarterly over an extended weekend (Friday and Saturday) at the university. Thesesessions bring together students and faculty for participation in classes, seminars, and dissertation counseling, and provide ample opportunity for student-faculty and student-student interaction. Between sessions, students work on course assignments and research, and participate in online activities that facilitate frequent interaction with the faculty and with other students.
A graduate with a Ph.D. in Information Assurance will have the ability to: (1) acquire advanced knowledge and deeper understanding of the field of information assurance; (2) communicate professionally and ethically about information assurance research issues; (3) identify, analyze, and synthesize scholarly literature related to information assurance; and (4) generate new knowledge through research/scholarship and disseminate that knowledge to others by demonstrating the necessary technical and intellectual skills to produce a written document that makes an original contribution to the field of information assurance/information security.
The Ph.D. in Information Assurance is designed for individuals with experience in information assurance/information security.  It is recommended that the student possess a master's degree in Information Assurance (or closely associated degree) from a current CAE or Masters in Computer Science/Information Technology/Information Systems, with some coursework in information security fundamentals. Additionally students should have professional experience in information security and have a strong research potential in the areas of information security. Alternatively, GSCIS master’s students in information security may apply for early admission into the Ph.D. program.

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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 ResearchThese 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.


Dissertation Registrations
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Since the introduction of the graduate computer science program in 1975, the school has been a pioneer in computing research and education. The school began offering online programs in 1983 and created the first electronic classroom in 1985. In 1989 the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS) was formed.

Today, NSU is a not-for-profit, independent university that is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification.