Doctor of Philosophy in Cyber Defense

Data breaches affected more than one billion people in 2018. Businesses, organizations, and government agencies have deployed numerous technologies to run their business and regularly store, process and transact information considered secure and private. use numerous types of electronic devices: software’s, domains, VPNS, firewalls, etc. Data breaches are on the rise and hackers consider data security big business. You could help defend these organizations from malware, phishing attacks, spyware, hacking schemes, social engineering attacks, insider fraud, and others! 

At Dakota State University, we have everything you need to advance your knowledge in the Cyber Defense field and take on hackers. Our Ph.D. in Cyber Defense addresses growing cyber threats, risk management practices, technological controls and workforce needs, while providing you with a foundation in research methodology and practice, security issues and practices, risk analysis, politics, data privacy, security technologies, and more. The DSU Ph.D. in Cyber Defense takes a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to cyber defense, including important technical, leadership, ethics, and management concepts. Our graduates will be prepared for careers in private industries, government agencies, the military, research labs and academia. 

Recognized Leaders in Cyber Defense Education

At DSU, we have a recognized excellence in cyber security, education, and research from the National Security Agency (NSA) and The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that is central to our technological mission. DSU currently holds four prestigious Centers of Academic Excellence Designations from NSA and DHS, including the most technical for Cyber Operations and the prestigious Cyber Defense Consultative Regional Resource Center, one of only four university-based regional centers in the nation. 

Get Your Degree Online

This program will be available entirely online, for United States residents and applicants from all eligible countries. We are currently accepting applications for the Ph.D. in Cyber Defense Program, for the Fall of 2019. Applications to this program will be accepted now, through July 1, 2019.

*The Dakota State Board of Regents has approved this program; however, Ph.D. in Cyber Defense is still pending Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation approval. While DSU anticipates full program approval in the months ahead, prospective Ph.D. candidates will be applying to a “pending-approval” program.

Next Steps

See what classes you’ll be taking in our Graduate Catalog. Check up on when and how to apply to this program with the timelines and requirements, or meet Ph.D. in Cyber Operations faculty online or during a campus visit. You can always contact us with any questions—or just to talk about what is possible.