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Northcentral University | PhD-TIM in Cybersecurity

Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Technology and Innovation Management program with a specialization in Cybersecurity provides students with the opportunity to develop the technical and leadership skills needed for advanced positions related to information security and data theft prevention. Read on for more information about this online doctoral degree program.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Technology and Innovation Management with a specialization in Cybersecurity

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

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Program Prerequisites:

Prior to enrolling in Northcentral University's PhD-TIM program with a specialization in Cybersecurity, prospective students should have already earned a master's degree and have some computer and/or cybersecurity experience. Strong leadership, problem-solving, and analytical skills would also be helpful. All applicants to NCU's Doctor of Philosophy in Technology and Innovation Management programs must have a master's or doctoral degree from an accredited university.

Program Description:

The curriculum of Northcentral University's PhD in Technology and Innovation Management program offers study in technical management, leadership strategies, and emerging technologies. The Cybersecurity specialization courses allow students to explore emerging trends, current technologies, and advanced methods in information security as they learn how to stay ahead of possible cyber attackers. Courses cover advanced topics in security management, forensic investigations, disaster prevention and recovery strategies, risk management, and security for software development. All students all complete a portfolio course and dissertation courses where they must complete an extensive written and oral research project.

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Program Length:

This program may be completed in 60 credits. However, additional credit hours can be taken, if needed, to complete dissertation research.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for the Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a PhD in Technology and Innovation Management with a specialization in Cybersecurity:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Please contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements (30 credits)

  • TIM 7001: Changing Times: Leading Technology & Innovation in the 21st Century
  • TIM 7200: Scholarly Communication for Technology Leaders
  • TIM 7010: Computer Networks & Mobile Computing
  • TIM 7020: Databases & Business Intelligence
  • TIM 7030: Managing Risk, Security, & Privacy in Information Systems
  • TIM 7100: Statistics with Technology Applications
  • TIM 7040: Technology Policy & Strategy
  • TIM 7210: Introduction to Research Design & Methodology for Technology Leaders
  • Students choose one of the following three pairs of courses:
    • TIM 7220: Quantitative Research Design & Methodology for Technology Leaders & TIM 7225: Directed Quantitative Research
    • TIM 7230: Qualitative Research Design & Methodology for Technology Leaders & TIM 7235: Directed Qualitative Research
    • TIM 7240: Constructive Research Design & Methodology for Technology Leaders & TIM 7245: Directed Constructive Research
  • CMP 9700T: PhD-TIM Portfolio

Cybersecurity Specialization Courses (18 credits)

  • TIM 8301: Cybersecurity Management
  • TIM 8310: Cyber Forensics
  • TIM 8320: Contingency Planning & Disaster Recovery
  • TIM 8330: Advanced Risk Management
  • TIM 8340: Secure Software Development
  • TIM 8350: Critical Infrastructure Protection, Information Warfare, & Cyber Terrorism

Doctoral Dissertation Courses (12 credits)

  • DIS 9901A: Components of the Dissertation
  • DIS 9902A: The Dissertation Proposal
  • DIS 9903A: Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • DIS 9904A: The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

After completing NCU's PhD in Technology and Innovation Management with a specialization in Cybersecurity, graduates could be prepared to pursue technology leadership positions in a variety of environments where they are responsible for integrating new technology and securing data and information. Some of the positions you could pursue include:

  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Computer Security Analyst
  • Director of Information Technology
  • Technology Manager
  • Cybersecurity Consultant
  • Network Security Director
  • Cybersecurity Engineer

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