Doctor of Philosophy in Cyber Operations

Become a security expert with our Ph.D. in Cyber Operations degree.

Our Ph.D. in Cyber Operations will provide learners that possess a solid foundation in computer science (BS or MS) an opportunity to pair their computer science emphasis with applied research in many forms of IT security.

You will learn the latest techniques in specialized cyber operations activities including data collection, software exploitation, analysis of malicious code, and reverse engineering. These technologies are critical to intelligence, military and law enforcement organizations, as well as to employers in other data-driven industries.

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Possible job titles

  • Professor
  • Researcher for private industry firms
  • Researcher for federal, state and local government agencies

Benefits of getting your Ph.D. in Cyber Operations at DSU

We are the experts in cyber security. We leverage our expertise in all things tech to give you an innovative doctoral degree that meets the needs of a vast array of organizations.

We also have strong working relationships with organizations including NSA, CIA, Navy SPAWAR, Department of Homeland Security, Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab, Army INSCOM, Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute and MIT’s Lincoln Labs. This means that we partner with these organizations to help fill the national need for cyber security professionals and researchers. 

You also have the flexibility to complete your degree on a full-time or part-time basis in a web-enhanced online environment. (Note that there is a residency requirement within the program. See the Get your degree online section on this web page.)  

Apply to our Ph.D. in Cyber Operations program

Be part of this new, cutting-edge program by filling out your application today.

And if you haven’t done so already, be sure to read up on our program-specific admission requirements for the Ph.D. in Cyber Operations before applying.

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Get your degree online

Our Ph.D. in Cyber Operations is offered online. These Internet courses use a combination of lived and recorded videos, interactive course web boards, course websites and email.

There is a residency requirement with this program. Students will be required to complete three on-site research seminars (CSC 890, 1 credit each, taken 3 separate times) in a face-to-face setting on the Madison, SD main campus. These research seminars will be held annually and take place over multiple days.

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.