Information Assurance

A National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education

information assurance

Curriculum

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 listed below:

Students are required to complete two sections (four credits each) of DCIS 898, Directed Research, before entering candidacy. Students must register for the course with a particular faculty member as directed in the course description. Students are advised to register for the two sections of Directed Research in sequence, not in parallel. Students are further advised to wait for the second year of study before registering for Directed Research. Students may repeat Directed Research with the same faculty member only with permission of that faculty member.

The Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems with Concentration in Information Security was developed to address the rapidly growing global problems of maintaining and securing computer information. 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)

CISD 770 Software Engineering

DCIS 730 Network Security and Cryptography

Either

DISS 750 Database Systems

Or

CISD 750 Database Management Systems

DCIS 765 Secure Systems Analysis and Design

DCIS 791 Distributed Systems

DISS 775 Privacy

Elective Core Courses  (four credits each)

(select two of these)

CISD 740 Data Communications and Computer Networking

CISD 760 Artificial Intelligence

CISD 794 Knowledge Discovery in Databases

DCIS 720 Human-Computer Interaction

DISS 735 Knowledge Management

DISS 710 Decision Support Systems

Students are required to complete two sections (four credits each) of DCIS 898, Directed Research, before entering candidacy. Students must register for the course with a particular faculty member as directed in the course description. Students are advised to register for the two sections of Directed Research in sequence, not in parallel. Students are further advised to wait for the second year of study before registering for Directed Research. Students may repeat Directed Research with the same faculty member only with permission of that faculty member.