Curriculum

The program requires at least 64 credit hours, of which 32 are for doctoral courses and at least 32 are for research and dissertation. Each student must complete three core courses, two security elective courses (either from the “managerial” or the “technical" concentrations), three general elective doctoral courses, and a doctoral research dissertation. Courses, research, and dissertation registrations are listed below:

Select three general elective courses. (4 credits each)

RESD 705 Quantitative Research Methods

RESD 710 Qualitative Research Methods or RESD 720 Multivariate Research Methodology

DISS 720 Human-Computer Interaction

CISD 730 Operating Systems

DISS 735 Knowledge Management

DISS 750 Database Systems or CISD 750 Database Management Systems

CISD 760 Artificial Intelligence

CISD 770 Software Engineering

Remaining managerial or technical concentration courses can also be taken
as general electives.

*CISD courses require Masters degree in Computer Science or permission from the professor

Each student will be required to complete two doctoral research courses, ISEC 885. 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.

ISEC 885: Doctoral Research (4 credits each)

ISEC 898: Directed Research in Information Assurance (4 credits each)

Students must complete 24 credits of dissertation registrations, three registrations of ISEC 901. Students who do not complete the dissertation within 24 credits will register for ISEC 920 Continuing Dissertation until the dissertation is complete.

ISEC 901 Doctoral Dissertation (8 credits)

ISEC 920 Continuing Dissertation (4 credits)