The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Information Assurance (DIA) at Nova Southeastern University's College of Engineering and Computing 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 information assurance graduate doctoral program is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, research program that prepares graduates for key positions in academia, in federal, state and local government agencies, as well as in business and industry. The curriculum combines both technically intensive and management- focused security courses to provide a comprehensive approach to the study of information assurance/information security/cybersecurity. Each student must complete three core courses, two security elective courses, three general elective doctoral courses, and a doctoral research dissertation.
The Ph.D. in information assurance degree 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.