The University of Fairfax Doctorate of Information Assurance (DIA) is distinguished among cybersecurity leaders. Our doctoral students have diverse professional objectives - such as becoming a cybersecurity leader, policymaker, applied researcher or academic. Your admissions advisor will guide you to pursue the doctoral program that best fits your career goals and interests.

As a doctoral student, all of your courses here will explore relevant cybersecurity policy issues in enterprise management, you'll complete a cybersecurity project in each, enabling you to make immediate and lasting workplace contributions. You'll learn from leading, practitioner cybersecurity faculty whose cybersecurity colleagues can become an integral part of your professional network throughout your career.

You can access your project-driven courses online from any location, when it's convenient for you, and easily communicate with your instructors and classmates. You'll progress through your coursework in a group, which provides opportunities for collaborative learning and support, as well as more personalized instruction.

Close communication with your advisor and the University's unique Dissertation Project Plan enable you to complete manageable milestones that ensure you're making steady progress toward completing your dissertation and reaching your goal.

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The accredited Master of Science in Information Security Management (MSISM) degree program consists of 12 online courses.

The MSISM consists of 36 semester credits beyond a baccalaureate degree, including 12 credits towards a specialization, enabling you to tailor your program of study to your particular professional interests and goals.

The MSISM offers a choice of four specializations, through which students develop competencies in:

  • Information Security Analysis - implementing an enterprise strategic security plan by integrating effective security policies, standards, procedures and controls.

  • Information Security Auditing - forensically analyzing cyber evidence, enforcing data process controls, certifying information protection programs, and managing risk and compliance.

  • Information System Certification - supporting a management structure to certify and accredit information systems by developing policies, standards and procedures in accordance with a prescribed set of criteria.

  • Information Security Engineering - assessing network vulnerabilities and attack methods, as well as designing and deploying countermeasures and resilient security architectures.

The MSISM degree program develops professionals who:

  • are recognized as knowledgeable and qualified practitioners in a specialized field of information security

  • possess a depth of knowledge in current cybersecurity practices

  • apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the analysis of issues relevant to the cybersecurity community

  • utilize secondary research competencies in the investigation and selection of best-practice solutions to information security challenges

  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to address a specialized area of information security management

Upon completion of the MSISM degree program, you will be able to:

  • compile, analyze, and assess the applicability of best practices in addressing information security issues relevant to the cybersecurity community

  • evaluate the impact of business constraints and processes on the implementation of information security programs

  • integrate principles and techniques of risk analysis, project planning and change management in the development of information security strategies

  • demonstrate secondary research skills in the investigation and selection of best practice solutions to address information security challenges

  • demonstrate mastery of theory, concepts and skills in addressing specialized aspects of information security management

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A Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate will augment your technical competence, management skills and project experience within a specialized field of practice in cybersecurity and enable you to add an advanced academic credential to your resume.

Our two most popular graduate certificates lead to the CISSP and two CNSS/NSA certifications:


All other University of Fairfax Graduate Certificates range from 12 to 18 semester credits. All credits earned apply towards your Cybersecurity MS when you are ready for the next step on the Online Cybersecurity Education Path. If you are enrolled as an MS or doctoral student, you can earn multiple graduate certificates to enhance your resume as you progress toward the completion of your degree.

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