PhD - Business Administration: Computer & Information Security

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The a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration program with a specialization in Computer & Information Security at Northcentral University is focused on helping you expand your business skills while exploring the complexities of security to give you an idea of what will be expected of you in a related career. Read on to find out more about this program today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration program with a specialization in Computer & Information Security at Northcentral University will help you understand the technology abilities and knowledge required of in a computer security related career path. Courses will address basic business subjects such as ethics and methodologies, as well as specialty courses that examine security such as cyber forensics. You could also be able to choose from a number of different electives that have focused topics so you may hone your skill-set to reflect things that you think are interesting or particularly useful. Before graduating, you will be required to pass a comprehensive exam and write an acceptable doctoral dissertation to demonstrate what you have learned. You will also be asked to pass all your courses with at least a B average in order to complete the program.

What Are the Prerequisites?

This program may be right for you if you already have a strong educational background in business as well as a knack for working with computers and other types of technology. You should have a solid organizational mind that you wish to improve through careful study and application of what you learn. You will be required to have a master's degree prior to applying to this program at Northcentral University.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To graduate from this program, you will be required to complete at least 60 credit hours. Of those credit hours, 12 will be from foundational courses, 15 will be from specialization courses, 18 will be from research courses, 3 will be from a comprehensive exam course, and the final 12 will be from dissertation courses.

Courses for a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a Specialization in Computer & Information Security

Course CodeCourse Name
Required Foundational Courses
BTM7101-8 Foundations for Doctoral Study in Business
MGT7019-8 Ethics in Business
SKS7000-8 Doctoral Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies
BTM8104-8 Statistics I
Specialization Courses
Select 5 courses from the following:
CIS7002-8 Organizations Corporate Computer and Network Security
CIS7003-8 Cyber Forensics
CIS7004-8 Foundations of Systems Certification and Accreditation
CIS7005-8 Critical Infrastructure Protection, Information Warfare, and Cyber Terrorism
CIS7006-8 Foundations of Computer Network Auditing
CIS7007-8 Information Security and Outsourcing Computer Systems
CIS7008-8 Advanced Risk Management in Information Assurance and Security
CIS7009-8 Information Assurance from Legal and Ethical Issues
CIS7010-8 Disaster Recovery and Contingency Planning for the Security Professional
Research Courses
BTM8102-8 Business Research Methodology
BTM8103-8 Research Design
BTM8108-8 Qualitative Research Design
BTM8107-8 Statistics II
BTM8106-8 Quantitative Research Design
BTM8109-8 Planning Dissertation Research in Business
Examination Course
CMP9500B Doctoral Comprehensive Examination - Business (PhD)
Dissertation Courses
DIS9501B Doctoral Dissertation Research I
DIS9502BDoctoral Dissertation Research II
DIS9503B Doctoral Dissertation Research III
DIS9504 Doctoral Dissertation Research IV

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

Once you finish this program, you may be able to pursue jobs that suit your individual talents and career interests. Based on the technology information and computer skills emphasized in this course, you could seek work that deals entirely with computers or working with clients and teams about their information security needs.

Possible career paths for you include but are not limited to:

  • IT Specialist
  • Security Programmer
  • Business Administrator
  • Digital Security Consultant
  • Software Designer
  • Computer Programmer