D.Sc. Cybersecurity Program Overview

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.

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