Marymount University’s doctorate program in Cybersecurity prepares highly qualified individuals for elite careers in cybersecurity, with unique knowledge and skill sets to manage increasingly complex networks and information systems to protect the nation’s digital infrastructure and our national security.
The D.Sc. in Cybersecurity program teaches candidates higher-order thinking and diversity of thought surrounding current and future cybersecurity issues, such as exploration of new technology, the role of artificial intelligence, and research to develop expertise in an area of cybersecurity of their choice.
- Most strategic location
While available online and in person, Marymount’s Cybersecurity doctorate program takes advantage of the University’s strategic location. The national capital region is near more cybersecurity firms and related employment opportunities than anywhere else in the U.S. Here, you can find the Dept. of Homeland Security, Dept. of Defense, National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, and National Science Foundation, as well as major companies such as Amazon Web Services, Capital One, Northrup Grumman, L-3, CACI, and more. Our faculty are also experts who are active in the federal government and corporate security, with experience you can’t easily find anywhere else.
Designed primarily for working professionals, the program offers a unique opportunity to work in different cybersecurity environments — from Google and Facebook to the Dept. of Defense, Dept. of Commerce, and so many others. You will learn by collaborating with a diverse set of experienced professionals and developing insights into the many real-world applications of cybersecurity.
- Advanced cybersecurity training
Marymount’s Cybersecurity doctoral program goes beyond basic network security, recognizing an evolving field that is at the intersection of technology, management, ethics, leadership, human behavior, policy, and data science. We are a designated National Center of Academic Excellence for Cyber Defense Education (CAE/CDE) by the National Security Agency and the Dept. of Homeland Security, a distinction in the cybersecurity domain held by only select universities in the country. Marymount is also a recipient of the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service grant from the National Science Foundation, allowing us to offer scholarships to Cybersecurity students in turn for the same length of service in government cybersecurity positions.
- Focus on applied research
Our goal is to share the expertise of cybersecurity professionals with students who will become the future leaders and educators in the field. We accomplish this through scholarly inquiry involving real-world situations as well as extensive research into the technological, societal, ethical, and policy domains of cybersecurity.
- 72 credits for post-bachelor’s degree applicants; 36 credits for post-master’s degree applicants
- $1,190 per credit
- Courses offered in person, online, and through a hybrid format
- Graduate application
- Official transcripts of all postsecondary education
- Professional résumé
- 1-page statement describing research-focused coursework, papers, and projects completed, and possible research interests for final dissertation
- 2 writing samples from either an academic paper or professional work report (approx. 4-6 pages) pertaining to the IT or cybersecurity field
- Grade of B- in a college-level statistics course is required prior to 800-level coursework
- Interview is required for qualified applicants
For university coursework completed outside the U.S., a course-by-course transcript evaluation is required from a NACES member evaluation agency such as World Education Services or Educational Credentials Evaluators.
Students for whom English is a second language must submit a recent official score of 96 from TOEFL, 6.5 from IELTS, or 58 from the PTE academic exam, or documentation of program completion at 1 of Marymount University’s language partners. For complete information about International Admissions Guidelines and language partner programs, visit our International Graduate Students page.
For more information please contact:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Program Curriculum Snapshot
IT 727: Managing Cybersecurity Risk
In general, the digital assets of modern-day organizations are susceptible to numerous threats and potential vulnerabilities — but there’s not always enough money and resources to protect them. This course covers all aspects of managing cyberattack risk and covers the foundations of developing cyber defense strategies for any organization. Also covered is the strategic decision-making process, including formal methodologies, of which assets to defend and why.
IT 757: Cyber Threat Intelligence
This course covers the cyber threat intelligence landscape, including tactical, operational, and strategic dimensions. It includes open-source, social media, and mobile app intelligence gathering techniques. Investigational strategies such as counterintelligence methods and attribution are also discussed.
IT 777: Malware Analysis
This is an advanced hands-on class that explores the roles of malware analysis, cybersecurity defenses, developing policies to handle malware, and performing dynamic and static analysis to recognize existing and potential malware. Students learn how and when to use analysis techniques to mitigate risks associated with malware.
IT 800: Beginning Applied Research in Cybersecurity
This course prepares doctoral students for the applied research process in the cybersecurity field. Students review APA guidelines and look at special requirements for academic writing. They start thinking of issues in the field that could benefit from additional research and then develop these ideas into potential dissertation topics. Students also analyze past work and consider ethical issues that might occur during their cybersecurity research.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Through the D.Sc. Cybersecurity program, we offer work opportunities and other experiential learning practicums, including a variety of paid research and teaching assignments through the CyberTeach program and publications of group research projects completed with other D.Sc. in Cybersecurity students. In addition, the Center for Career Development has experts to help with résumés, LinkedIn, and interviewing.
The median annual salary for Computer and Information Systems Managers in 2021 was $199,010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the next decade, the career outlook for cybersecurity professionals is expected to grow 33%, far above the national average.
More information on careers in cybersecurity can be found at cyberseek.org.
Meet Our Faculty
Welcome to the School of Technology and Innovation within Marymount University’s College of Business, Innovation, Leadership, and Technology (BILT).
Today, technology is a major part of all of our lives and our School is here to educate the next generation of technology gurus in whatever that technology brings. We are extremely proud of our progressive technology programs and the quality of our students who are entering the challenging workplaces of today and tomorrow.
The School of Technology and Innovation focuses on preparing individuals to take part in the global critical technology workforce shortage. Our programs, whether they are at the undergraduate, masters, or doctoral levels, prepare students for roles in digital transformation, cybersecurity, data science, cloud computing, and the constantly growing field of technology applications.
We are particularly proud of our diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives as we help significant numbers of minorities, women, veterans, and the neurodiverse succeed in the technology field.
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