Doctor of Computer Science - Information Assurance Concentration

Effective April 4, 2017, this program is no longer available for future enrollments 

The Doctor of Computer Science – Information Assurance program at Colorado Technical University is designed to develop leaders in managing enterprise information systems with an emphasis on information assurance.

Outcomes:

  • The program prepares the graduates to be knowledgeable consultants, academics, or professionals in their areas of expertise.
  • The program prepares the graduates to be thought leaders in their field in academia or industry.
  • The program prepares the graduates to be scholars who are able to contribute to the body of knowledge.

Degree Requirements

Courses: Core

CS814Current Topics in Computer Science and Information Systems

4

CS861Information Assurance

4

CS875Futuring and Innovation

4

CS880Foundations of Digital Systems Security

4

CS884Enterprise Security Architecture

4

EIS846Enterprise Tools, Concepts and Processes

4

EIS852Governance, Quality, Compliance and Ethics

4

EIS854Security Management

4

RES804Principles of Research Methods and Design

4

RES812Qualitative Research Methods

4

RES814Quantitative Research Methods

4

RES860Doctoral Research I: Principles of Research and Writing

4

RES861Doctoral Research II: Annotated Bibliography

4

RES862Dissertation Research Process

4

RES863Doctoral Research III: Dissertation Literature Review

4

RES864Doctoral Research IV: Dissertation Methods

4

RES865Doctoral Research V: Dissertation Introduction

4

RES866Doctoral Research VI: Dissertation Findings

4

RES867Doctoral Research VII: Dissertation Discussion and Conclusion

4

RES868Doctoral Research VIII: Dissertation Conclusion

4

ElectivesSelect four 4- credit courses from 800-level CS or EM or EIS courses

16

Total Credit Hours: 96

*DCS students must complete four 4-credit courses for these electives.  These courses may be selected from any of those offered under DCS.  One of those electives may be chosen from the Doctor of Management program instead.

 

Each of the three years of the DCS program is designed to provide candidates with theoretical, research, and application capabilities in the field. The organization of each year is described below.

Year 1: Foundations
Year one focuses on computer science and information systems topics and an orientation to research and writing at the doctoral level. Coursework covers current topics in the disciplines as well as research methods and qualitative techniques. The research component results in a broad overview of the student’s area of concentration in order to put the research into context and inform the student’s selection of a research topic.

Year 2: Acquisition of Knowledge
Once the foundations are in place, year two is where each student develops an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and research methods in his or her chosen area of study. While most of the effort in year two is on developing a richer understanding of the discipline, the research courses include quantitative methods and the dissertation process.

Year 3: Leadership and Professional Advancement
Coursework in the final year of the program includes the two remaining concentration courses plus the final six doctoral research courses that enable one to complete the research and dissertation.

The program thus includes fifteen instructional courses, plus nine doctoral research courses. Each class is conducted online. 

Symposium
Doctoral programs at Colorado Technical University require a residential symposium. Additional information about CTU's doctoral symposium can be viewed in the Doctoral Symposium section of this catalog.

Graduation Requirements
In addition to the successful completion of the above 96 credits with an acceptable GPA, students must also satisfactorily complete and defend their research proposal and final dissertation. In addition, graduation requires successful defense of a dissertation that requires a literature review and a research proposal. The research proposal must be approved by the student’s committee, consisting of a mentor and two readers. The dissertation is an extensive document that incorporates the literature review, a major study, and a proposal for further investigation. The dissertation must be approved by the student’s committee.

Degree Completion and Post Doctoral Study
The student must be continuously enrolled until all graduation requirements are fulfilled. A student who has not completed the research requirements by the end of the formal coursework continues by registering for RES893 Research Continuation according to CTU’s re-take policy.

The Doctoral Advantage
While a relevant master’s degree is ordinarily required for admission to CTU doctoral programs, there is also the option of completing a CTU MSCS, MSIT, MSM-ISS, MSM-IT/PM, or MSSE degree while starting work on the Doctor of Computer Science degree. The program outcomes remain the same for the DCS and the master’s degrees under this option, but the normal completion time for the degrees in the combined program is reduced. Through this program, doctoral work is started after ten of the twelve required master’s courses have been successfully completed. Program plans must be approved by the Dean of Doctoral Computer Science.

Note, however, that for the MSSE degree to be awarded under doctoral advantage the student must successfully complete SE600, SE610, SE612 (for CTU Virtual Campus students), and SE620.
The MSCS, MSIT, MSM-ISS, MSM-IT/PM, or MSSE degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the ten approved master’s courses plus the first two courses in the doctoral degree program: one five-hour 800-level course plus one research and writing course.

National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency have recognized Colorado Technical University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD). The CTU cyber security curriculum was certified thereby to map to the DHS/NSA cybersecurity knowledge units. This recognition and certification is valid through 2021.

This CAE IA/CD designation is applicable to this degree program.

Locations

  • Aurora (Denver Area)
  • Virtual Campus