The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Cyber Operations is intended to be a technical program firmly grounded in computer science and will emphasize applied research in cyber security. Students enrolled in the program will become a vital resource for DSU researchers, as well as for regional and national employers. The program aims to produce graduates with a commanding knowledge of cyber security, of the applications and research in cyber security, and of supporting technology and innovation in computer science.
The program will provide a particular emphasis on technologies and techniques related to specialized cyber operations activities, including reverse engineering, malware analysis, and software exploitation. These technologies and techniques are critical to intelligence, military, and law enforcement organizations, as well as to employers in data-intensive industries.
Students will be required to complete three on-site research seminars (CSC 890, one credit each, taken three separate times) in a face-to-face setting at the Madison, SD campus. These research seminars will be held annually and take place over multiple days.
The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, with classes offered in three academic terms: fall, spring, and summer. Minimum time to complete this program in 3 years. The program must be completed within 7 years of the semester of the student’s admission.
Admission Requirements Specific to the Ph.D. in Cyber Operations
Dakota State University seeks highly motivated masters prepared individuals with education and professional credentials that will enable them to be successful doctoral students. It is mandatory that students must have a bachelors or master’s degree in computer science to apply. Only US residents and those holding a Permanent Resident Card are allowed to apply to this program.
- Baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education with full regional accreditation for that degree.
- Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on an alternative grading system).
- Master’s degree completed at the time of application.
- Baccalaureate and/or master’s degree must be in Computer Science.
Yong Wang, Program Coordinator
Andrew Kramer, Bhaskar Rimal, Cody Welu, Kyle Cronin, Meikang Qiu, Michael Ham, Shawn Zwach, Stephen Krebsbach, Tom Halverson, Tyler Flaagan, Yong Wang