Cybersecurity (D.Sc.)

Our region is home to more cybersecurity businesses and employment opportunities than anywhere in the United States. We offer access to this community both during and after completion of our degree requirements. Unlike programs at other universities, we pride ourselves on ensuring that all of our degree candidates receive hands-on mentorship and attention as they pursue their research and help them shape their career goals.

The doctorate (D.Sc.) program in cybersecurity at Marymount University prepares the most highly qualified cybersecurity professionals to lead the increasingly complex cyber challenges of the digital world in which we live and to protect the infrastructures that are critical to the nation’s digital society and economy. Graduates will educate and lead the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to solve the most complex cybersecurity problems of tomorrow.

Our Location

The program is unique in its location at the center of the government’s major cybersecurity initiatives. Marymount is located near numerous federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), National Security Agency (NSA), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and National Science Foundation (NSF). Enriching the program are highly qualified faculty engaged in current federal government initiatives, and guest speakers who are practitioners in the field.

Our Program Scope

Cybersecurity is an evolving field, its not just network security any more. Our doctoral program recognizes the evolving field and has an emphasis on the intersection of the technology, management, ethics, leadership, policy, teaching, and data science aspects of cybersecurity.

Focus on Applied Research

Our focus is on working practitioners in the field, extending the knowledge base of the cybersecurity profession in an environment of scholarly inquiry based on real-world situations, reflecting the changing nature of the maturing cybersecurity field. The students will perform extensive applied research in the technology, societal, ethical, and policy domains within cybersecurity. The program will consider the evolution of threats and their mitigation in the 21st century and prepare graduates to be leaders and educators while allowing individuals to foster their unique backgrounds, strengths, and interests.

About the Program

Marymount University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence for Cyber Defense Education (CAE/CDE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, an important designation in the cybersecurity domain obtained by only a few universities in the country.

There are two entry-points into the program:

  • Post-bachelors: 72-credits
  • Post-masters: 36-credit

Courses are offered in face-to-face, online and hybrid formats to suit various learning styles and working situations. Courses scaffold students through the applied research processes with extensive interaction between faculty and fellow students.