Doctorate - Computer Science: Information Assurance

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Colorado Technical University's Doctorate in Computer Science with a concentration in Information Assurance program is designed to offer you industry-current knowledge and skills that can help you prepare for advanced opportunities in the management of organizational information systems. Find out more about the Doctorate in Computer Science with a concentration in Information Assurance program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online Doctorate in Computer Science with a concentration in Information Assurance program at Colorado Technical University includes 12 research and writing courses in which you will demonstrate increasing mastery in your chosen area of expertise in the computer science field. Additionally, you have the opportunity to study topics in digital-systems security, such as cryptographic algorithms, techniques for secure software design, vulnerability analysis, and risk assessment. The program looks at information assurance for the corporate environment, including enterprise security architecture, service-oriented architecture, business-to-business architecture, cloud computing, multi-level security, and cross-domain solutions. Coursework covers governance, compliance, privacy, quality assurance, and a broad examination of external and internal security threats at the enterprise level and best practices for creating a security management framework that organizations can build upon.

What are the Prerequisites?

If you're considering applying to the Doctorate in Computer Science with a concentration in Information Assurance program, you should have experience in information technology and computer systems. Applicants to all of Colorado Technical University's programs must have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs have additional requirements.

What are the Course Requirements?

A total of 96 credits are required for the Doctorate in Computer Science with a concentration in Information Assurance. It is a three year program and includes residencies twice each year. Online students will need to have access to certain computer hardware and software.

Computer Science Course Requirements

Course CodeCourse Name
CS 801 Research and Writing I
CS 802 Qualitative Analysis
CS 806 Research and Writing II
CS 811 Research and Writing III
CS 812 Quantitative Analysis
CS 816 Research and Writing IV
CS 817 Foundations of Enterprise Information Systems
CS 821 Research and Writing V
CS 826 Research and Writing VI
CS 831 Research and Writing VII
CS 836 Research and Writing VIII
CS 841 Research and Writing IX
CS 846 Research and Writing X
CS 851 Research and Writing XI
CS 852 Information Assurance
CS 856 Research and Writing XII
CS 862 Foundations of Digital-Systems Security
CS 863 Enterprise Security Architecture
EIS 835 Security Management
EIS 815 Enterprise Tools, Concepts, and Processes
EIS 830 Governance, Quality, Compliance, and Ethics
MGMT 852 Enterprise Change, Innovation, and Future

Electives

Choose two of the following:

Course CodeCourse Name
CS 842 Business Intelligence
CS 850 Networking and Security
CS 864 Applications Security
CS 865 Communications Security and Countermeasures
EIS 800 Strategy, Alignment, Portfolio Management
EIS 805 Enterprise Management Concepts
EIS 810 Managing, Planning, and Integrating EIS
EIS 820 Enterprise Architecture Technology
EIS 825 IT Service Management

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the CTU Online Doctorate in Computer Science with a concentration in Information Assurance program, you could seek advanced opportunities in any business, corporation, or organization that utilizes information technology. There are a wide range of positions you could pursue, including:

  • Information assurance manager
  • Security engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Research scientist

CTU does not guarantee employment or salary. University grants or scholarships are based on established criteria as published in the University's catalog and are awarded after verification that the conditions of eligibility have been met.