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Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Courses

Total program credits needed for graduation: 90

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

Core Courses

24 Required Courses, 90 quarter credits

All courses taken in a prescribed sequence:

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Core courses:

TS8005
Research Processes, Theory, and Practice in Information Technology

In this course, learners are immersed in a culture of inquiry to focus on the technical foundations of information technology (IT) research and practice. Learners examine current and emerging research and practice technologies, processes, and methods; compare quantitative and qualitative methodologies; and identify the research methodologies commonly used in IT research. Additionally, this course is designed to help prepare PhD learners for doctoral research related to IT literature and theory. For PhD in Information Technology learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
BMGT-R8925 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to initiate the development of a dissertation research plan. Throughout the course, learners focus on identifying a theory, topic, and research problem appropriate for their specialization. Track 1 learners must also complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 1 (Research Ethics Education). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 1 learning outcomes. For PhD in Business Management and PhD in Information Technology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PhD in Business Management learners must have completed BMGT8019. PhD in Information Technology learners must have completed BMGT8028. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
BMGT-R8926 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to develop a research question and to select an appropriate dissertation topic. In Track 2, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 2 (Topic Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 2 learning outcomes. For PhD in Business Management and PhD in Information Technology learners only. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8034, BMGT-R8925. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
BMGT-R8927 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Seminar Track 3 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to detail a methodological design, sampling plan, and strategy for data analysis. In Track 3, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 5 (Research Plan Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 3 learning outcomes. For PhD in Business Management and PhD in Information Technology learners only. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8040 or BMGT8042; BMGT-R8926. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
BMGT8019 *
Business Dissertation Specialization Literature

This course provides a guided review of the literature in the learner's specialization for the purpose of identifying a study topic. Learners research and evaluate associated major threads of research and theory in the literature. The course prepares learners for the development of an appropriate topic during Residency Track 1. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8028. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8028
Foundations of Research, Scholarly Literature, and Theory in Management

Learners in this course examine the structure and process of the scholarly literature in peer reviewed journals and explore the role of the scholar as social and behavioral scientist. Learners critically evaluate scholarly literature, including seminal work, relevant theory, and data-based research studies from both the qualitative and quantitative traditions. Learners also explore the meaning of content and process gaps, problems, and research opportunities uncovered during the literature review. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8032 *
Survey of Applied Research Methods

This course focuses on qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods, and applied business management and information technology research designs. Learners move beyond conducting literature reviews at the methodological level and focus on research design specific to reliability and threats to validity and on developing their own research proposal. Learners explore the meaning of content and process gaps, problems, and opportunities uncovered during the literature review process. Learners also develop an understanding of research ethics and the role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Prerequisite(s): BMGT8028. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8055 *
Business Special Topics: Literature Review

This course guides learners in the development of a comprehensive literature review. Learners build on their approved Dissertation Research Plan from residency tracks 2 or 3 as the foundation for drafting Chapter 2 of their dissertation. Learners document and synthesize key seminal theoretical works, conceptual studies, and methodologies underpinning the gap in the scholarly knowledge that their proposed study addresses. While developing Chapter 2 of their dissertation, learners review and apply School of Business dissertation guidelines. Prerequisite(s): BMGT-R8926. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8212
Leading Information Technology Strategic Planning in Complex and Global Environments

In this course, learners examine processes by which senior information technology leadership must evaluate different IT governance models from a global perspective, including decision models, management structures, business engagement processes, leadership theories, and risk assessment processes. Learners evaluate methods of performance measurement and control, and assess the relevance and effect of social responsibility issues and strategic partnering on IT strategic planning. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8214
Guiding the Implementation of Information Technology Policies and Processes

This course presents key issues related to the implementation of information technology policies and processes as day-to-day operations, including consideration of ethical, cultural, and global issues, and potential effects on internal and external stakeholder needs. Learners evaluate strategies for implementing different governance models and assess the ways in which those models relate to change management processes and organizational innovation.  

4 quarter credits
BMGT8216
Innovating Information Technology Life Cycle Management Processes in a Changing Environment

In this course, learners evaluate evolving theories and practices that inform decisions related to the information technology system development life cycle. Learners assess different development models and examine the IT leader’s role in IT enterprise portfolio management against the backdrop of changing workforce considerations, including offshore, contract, multicultural, and multigenerational workers in global enterprises.  

4 quarter credits
BMGT8218 *
Advancing Research in Information Technology Management

This course focuses on emerging research trends in information technology management. Learners develop independent research skills while constructing research questions, synthesizing literature, and selecting appropriate methodologies. For PhD in Business Management, PhD in Information Technology, and PhD in Organization and Management learners only. Prerequisite(s): PhD in Business Management learners must have completed BMGT8210, BMGT8212, BMGT8214. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Specialization courses:

TS8531
Network Security Advances

This course presents advances in information assurance and the ways they help decision makers accurately gauge, estimate, and examine the impact of implementing various network security protection mechanisms. Learners evaluate emerging information security protection research and identify the potential advantages and disadvantages of protecting the security of the network. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
TS8533
Enterprise Security Risk Management

Learners in this course examine research in information security risk management. Learners review scholarly literature in the field as it relates to risk modeling, assessment, and management. Other course topics include outsourcing and the legal and technological changes that affect risk management. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
TS8535
System and Application Security Advances

This course presents advances in ensuring system and application security and the ways they help decision makers accurately gauge, estimate, and examine the impact of implementing various system and application security protection mechanisms. Learners evaluate emerging information security protection research and identify the potential advantages and disadvantages of protecting system and application security. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
TS8537
Assurance Controls and Compliance Management

This course provides an overview of the management processes and organizational controls needed to ensure data protection. Learners review federal, state, and other governmental and industry standards that companies must follow to be compliant in safeguarding data. Learners analyze the depth and breadth of compliance management research and investigate different approaches to data protection control and compliance. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Upon completion of all required coursework:

TS9919 *
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

This course includes an overview of the comprehensive examination process, the university’s expectations of academic honesty and integrity, the three core themes of the examination, and the evaluation criteria. The courseroom mentor provides three questions addressing the core themes. Learners write answers to the comprehensive examination questions. Answers are evaluated by faculty readers using point-scale scoring rubrics. Upon passing the comprehensive examination, learners are eligible to register for the first dissertation course. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required and elective coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Completion of practicum courses, if applicable. Fulfillment of all residency requirements. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

Learners must register for TS9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements.

TS9960 *
Dissertation Courseroom

This course provides learners with resources, guidance, and peer and mentor support during each dissertation course as they complete the required milestones. Grading for this course is S/NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements. Prerequisite(s): TS9919. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

In addition, choose one of the following two categories:

For quantitative research:

BMGT8034 *
Quantitative Research Techniques

In this course, learners explore the fundamental concepts needed to conduct doctoral-level quantitative research. Learners develop skills related to quantitative research techniques including understanding variables and relationships, selecting quantitative instruments and evaluating their reliability and validity, developing research questions and associated hypotheses, developing ethical sampling approaches and data collection plans, choosing appropriate statistical tests, analyzing data, interpreting results, and drawing conclusions. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8032. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8035 *
Tests, Measurements, and Business Research Design

This course is an introduction to tests and measurement instruments commonly used in business studies. Learners in this course examine instrument development, factor analysis, validity testing and review the ethical, professional, and legal aspects of the use of these instruments. Learners also develop key sections of the dissertation methodology and design, incorporating appropriate instruments and corresponding validity data. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8034. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8043 *
Quantitative Research Techniques 2

In this course, learners define a quantitative research question by demonstrating the understanding of the relationship between hypothesis and theory. Learners develop a research design using research questions and the appropriate sample, control variables, and statistical technique, and identify the logical connection between the hypothesis and theory. Other course topics include sample design, exploratory data analysis, multiple regression, logistic regression, factorial ANOVA, and multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA). This course requires the use of analytical software. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8035. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

For qualitative research:

BMGT8040 *
Advanced Qualitative Research

Learners in this course investigate qualitative inquiry and qualitative research designs based on social constructivist and interpretive traditions appropriate for conducting business management research. Learners explore research problems, questions and design considerations, data collection and analysis, reporting and presentation of findings, and verification of data conclusions. Learners also evaluate qualitative data management software options. This course is recommended for learners who intend to conduct qualitative dissertation research. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8032. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8044 *
Qualitative Research Design and Data Analysis

This course extends the topics covered in BMGT8040 and is designed to prepare learners to develop and conduct their own qualitative study for a dissertation. Learners further analyze the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative research and inquiry, emphasizing effective execution of school-approved dissertation research methodologies.These methodologies include case study, phenomenology, Delphi, and generic qualitative research. Learners assess the design, sampling, and data collection strategies associated with each of the four methodologies. Learners also examine the data analysis processes associated with each methodology, as well as the role of the researcher in documenting personal reflections in the collection and analysis of data.  Prerequisite(s): BMGT8040. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8046 *
Qualitative Data Collection Strategies, Data Collection Guides, and Field Testing

This course is an in-depth review of qualitative data collection strategies, data collection guides, and data collection techniques commonly used in business research. Learners use their approved dissertation research plans to develop a data collection guide and conduct an expert review and mock data collection. Learners also assess the ethical issues involved in qualitative data collection associated with their study method and design and propose mitigation strategies for participant and data protection and to ensure credibility, dependability, transferability, and trustworthiness. Finally, learners develop key sections of the dissertation methodology and design, incorporating the data collection strategy, and field-tested data collection guide. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8044. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

Dissertation Research Seminar with Residency

To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day residencies as part of the dissertation research seminars (BMGT-R8925, BMGT-R8926, BMGT-R8927).

What can I expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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