Ph.D. in Information Systems (DISS)
Optional Concentrations in Information Security and Learning Technology.
- Program Overview
- Program Format
- Learning Outcomes
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Information Systems (DISS) 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. This program offers two optional concentrations in Information Security or Learning Technology.
The DISS program is especially well suited to professionals working in areas such as information system planning, information security, systems analysis and design, project management, information system administration, information science, or software engineering. It provides information technologyprofessionals with the knowledge and ability to develop creative solutions to substantive real-world problems in information systems. Each student must complete eight core courses, two research courses, and a dissertation.
The information security concentration 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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The program core, concentrations, and electives below are for students beginning the program fall 2014 or later.
The program requires at least 64 credit hours, of which 40 are for courses and at least 24 are for the dissertation. Courses and dissertation registrations are as follows:
Program Core (12 credits)
(formerly DISS 700)
General I.S. Elective Courses (20 credits. Choose 5 courses from the following 11 courses.)
Required Core Courses
Elective Core Courses (Choose ONE of:)
Students then choose four more courses from the list below to complete the concentration curriculum.
Research Registrations Students are required to complete two sections (four credits each) of DISS 898, Directed Research, before entering candidacy. (Students beginning fall 2014 or later will instead take two or more sections of DISS 885, Doctoral Research.) Students must register for the course with a particular faculty member as directed in the course description. Directed Research / Doctoral Research registrations must be in sequence, not in parallel. Students are further advised to wait for the second year of study before registering for Directed Research / Doctoral Research.