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Information Assurance and Security Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology

School of Business and Technology


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:

TS8005 Research Processes, Theory, and Practice in Information Technology 6 quarter credits
BMGT7086 Developing an Academic Writing Process 4 quarter credits
BMGT8030 Management Theory Creation 4 quarter credits
BMGT8032* Survey of Applied Research Methods 4 quarter credits
BMGT8034* Quantitative Research Techniques 4 quarter credits
BMGT8040* Advanced Qualitative Research OR 4 quarter credits
BMGT8042* Applied Multivariate Modeling 4 quarter credits
BMGT8212 Leading Information Technology Strategic Planning in Complex and Global Environments 4 quarter credits
BMGT8214 Guiding the Implementation of Information Technology Policies and Processes 4 quarter credits
BMGT8216 Innovating Information Technology Life Cycle Management Processes in a Changing Environment 4 quarter credits
BMGT8218 Advancing Research in Information Technology Management 4 quarter credits
TS8940* Information Technology Consulting Practice Seminar 4 quarter credits
TS8950* Teaching Practice Seminar Information Technology Education 4 quarter credits
BMGT-R8925 PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1 3 quarter credits
BMGT-R8926* PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2 3 quarter credits
BMGT-R8927* PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3 3 quarter credits

Specialization Courses

TS8531 Network Security Advances 4 quarter credits
TS8533 Enterprise Security Risk Management 4 quarter credits
TS8535 System and Application Security Advances 4 quarter credits
TS8537 Assurance Controls and Compliance Management 4 quarter credits
TS8539 Security Governance and Management 4 quarter credits

Upon completion of all required coursework:

TS9919* Doctoral Comprehensive Examination 3 quarter credits

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

TS9960* Dissertation Courseroom 3 quarter credits each

*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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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which may help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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