Prepare for a Career at the Forefront of Cybersecurity Research 

The Ph.D. in Cybersecurity Management program from Nova Southeastern University's College of Computing and Engineering prepares students to make significant contributions to the field through original research. With a focus on both technical and management skills, you'll develop the expertise needed to solve complex cybersecurity challenges and lead organizations in the fight against cyber threats.

Working with world-renowned faculty, you'll have the opportunity to conduct research on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Cybersecurity policy and governance
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Incident response and recovery
  • Security architecture and engineering
  • Information security awareness and training
With their advanced education and research skills, our Ph.D. graduates are well-positioned for prestigious careers in industry, government, and academia. Our Ph.D. alumni are working in organizations such as Microsoft, IBM, and Google, and various United States government agencies, as well as colleges and universities around the world.  

NSA-Designated University

The National Security Agency (NSA) and its affiliated federal agencies have designated NSU as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) Cyber Defense (CD) and Cyber Research (R). NSU is among the few institutions around the nation to obtain both designations. Learn more.

 

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Quick Facts

Curriculum

NSU’s Ph.D. in Cybersecurity Management is a minimum of 51 total credits with the M.S. track or a minimum of 66 total credits with the B.S. track

Start Dates

All College of Computing and Engineering doctoral degree programs begin in AugustJanuary, and May.

Delivery Options

The Ph.D. in Cybersecurity Management program is offered as a blend of online and Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus courses and activities.

Tuition

Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information.

Learning Outcomes

A graduate with a Ph.D. in Cybersecurity Management 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 the field of 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.

Admission Requirements

Curriculum

Program Sheet
Core Courses (30 credits)
Credits
MMIS 621
Information Systems Project Management (MMIS 621 / Credits: 3 )
3
MMIS 623
Ethics in Computing (MMIS 623 / Credits: 3 )
3
MSIT 630
Database Systems (MSIT 630 / Credits: 3 )
3
MMIS 653
Telecommunication and Computer Networking (MMIS 653 / Credits: 3 )
3
MMIS 680
Human Computer Interaction (MMIS 680 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 615
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity (ISEC 615 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 635
Information Security Operations Management (ISEC 635 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 675
Information System Auditing (ISEC 675 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 700
Research Seminar in Cybersecurity Management (ISEC 700 / Credits: 3 )
3
RESD 700
Research Methods (RESD 700 / Credits: 3 )
3
Research Courses (12 credits)*
Credits
ISEC 885
Doctoral Research (ISEC 885 / Credits: 4 )
4
Dissertation Courses (24 credits)**
Credits
ISEC 901
Doctoral Dissertation (ISEC 901 / Credits: 8 )
8
ISEC 920
Continuing Dissertation (ISEC 920 / Credits: 8 )
8
Core Courses (15 credits)
Credits
ISEC 635
Information Systems Operations Management (ISEC 635 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 655
Information Security Governance (ISEC 655 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 675
Information System Auditing (ISEC 675 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 700
Research Seminar in Cybersecurity Management (ISEC 700 / Credits: 3 )
3
RESD 700
Research Methods (RESD 700 / Credits: 3 )
3
Electives+
Credits
MMIS 621
Information Systems Project Management (MMIS 621 / Credits: 3 )
3
MMIS 623
Ethics in Computing (MMIS 623 / Credits: 3 )
3
MSIT 630
Database Systems (MSIT 630 / Credits: 3 )
3
MMIS 636
Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (MMIS 636 / Credits: 3 )
3
MMIS 642
Data Warehousing (MMIS 642 / Credits: 3 )
3
MMIS 643
Data Mining (MMIS 643 / Credits: 3 )
3
MMIS 644
UX Strategy for Social Media (MMIS 644 / Credits: 3 )
3
MMIS 653
Telecommunication and Computer Networking (MMIS 653 / Credits: 3 )
3
MMIS 671
Data Analytics (MMIS 671 / Credits: 3 )
3
MMIS 680
Human Computer Interaction (MMIS 680 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 685
Interaction Design (CISC 685 / Credits: 3 )
3
MMIS 690
Special Topics in Information Systems (MMIS 690 / Credits: 3 )
3
MMIS 692
Data Analytics Project (MMIS 692 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 615
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity (ISEC 615 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 695
Information Security Project (ISEC 695 / Credits: 3 )
3
Research Courses (12 credits)*
Credits
ISEC 885
Doctoral Research (ISEC 885 / Credits: 4 )
4
Dissertation Courses (24 credits)**
Credits
ISEC 901
Doctoral Dissertation (ISEC 901 / Credits: 8 )
8
ISEC 920
Continuing Dissertation (ISEC 920 / Credits: 8 )
8

 

*Each student will be required to complete at least three ISEC 885 doctoral research courses. These courses will be taken at the end of the student’s coursework. These faculty supported directed study courses will enable the student to identify a viable research topic and conduct preliminary research that will lead to formal candidacy.

**Students must complete 24 credits of ISEC 901 dissertation courses. Students who do not complete the dissertation within 24 credits will register for ISEC 920 Continuing Dissertation (four credits) until the dissertation is complete.

+Students must substitute an elective for any of the following core courses for which they have passed an MS course equivalent from a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity within the past five years.

For a full list of all course descriptions, visit coursewizard.nova.edu.

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Take The Next Step

The College of Computing and Engineering graduate enrollment office is located on the fourth floor in the Carl DeSantis Building on NSU's Fort Lauderdale-Davie campus in Davie, Florida. Click here for a map.

Phone: (954) 262-2031 or Toll-Free: (800) 986-2247 ext. 22031

Email: computing@nova.edu

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