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Doctor of Philosophy in Cyber Defense

Defend the elite

Address growing cyber threats. Practice risk management strategies. Harbor knowledge in research methodology and practice. Validate authenticity and confidentiality. Design and implement security policies and provisions. Conduct recovery plans for your future IT infrastructure. Work and learn from faculty who experts in their field. 

Unsolicited threats pose a dangerous risk to government agencies and organizations alike. They, too, are vulnerable to hackers, malware, and data breeches. Equip your business or agency with the ultimate security protection. Defend the elite.

Become the best of the best, with a doctorate in Cyber Defense. Our program is entirely online, which means you can finish your degree while holding a professional career.

Apply soon! Our program only offers 12 spots a year, which makes it highly competitive.

Explore the defensive line

DSU’s curriculum addresses the important technical aspects of cyber defense, and includes important leadership, ethics, and management concepts. This degree complements our PhD in Cyber Operations and fits tightly with our strategic priorities and initiatives. Our graduates obtain careers in private industries, government agencies, the military, and academia.

We have a recognized excellence in cyber security, education, and research that is central to our mission. We currently hold four prestigious Centers of Academic Excellence Designations from the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security, including the most technical for Cyber Operations and the most prestigious as a Cyber Defense Consultative Regional Resource Center, one of four university-based centers in the nation.