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Computer Science (Cybersecurity), PhD




What will I learn?

The PhD program in computer science with a concentration in cybersecurity is designed for graduate students who want to pursue a thorough education in the area of cybersecurity and information assurance. The goal of this concentration is to provide students the knowledge and skills in science and engineering for cybersecurity, including applied cryptography, computer and network security, computer forensics, data and information security and software security. According to the National Security Agency, information assurance is defined as the set of measures intended to protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality and nonrepudiation. This includes providing restoration of information systems by incorporating protection, detection and reaction capabilities' has been certified as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance - Research by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Information assurance courseware at ASU has been certified by the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation Program to satisfy the standards for Information Systems Security Professionals (NSTISSI 4011) and Senior Systems Managers (CNSSI 4012).

Career Opportunities

Graduates who complete the doctorate program in computer science are able to analyze, understand and apply key theories and algorithms used in the field of computer science. They are also able to generate and evaluate new theories, algorithms and software modules that can advance the field of computer science. Graduates have a competitive advantage when it comes to securing employment. Career examples include: computer science professor; computer science researcher; data scientist engineer; machine learning, AI or computer vision engineer; machine learning, AI or computer vision scientist

Which department am I in?

Arizona State University, Main campus

Study options

Full Time (84 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$35,280.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 August 2023

Start date

17 August 2023


Arizona State University, Main campus

Business Administration, 300 E Lemon Street,



85281, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants with a master's degree who wish to be considered for the doctoral program must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in their master's degree program. Applicants without a master's degree must have a minimum GPA of 3.60 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last two years of undergraduate coursework and have graduated from an ABET-accredited undergraduate program.

For international students

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering or a closely related area. Most applicants should have earned a master's degree, but exceptional undergraduate applicants may be admitted directly into the doctoral program.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

English language proficiency requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Score of at least 550 (pBT) or 80 (iBT); International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Overall band score of the academic test of at least 6.5; Pearson Test of English (PTE) - Score of at least 60; Duolingo English test - Graduate minimum score of 105.


About Arizona State University (Kaplan International)

Kaplan helps international students gain admission to ASU, one of the most popular U.S. universities chosen by overseas learners.

  • Ranked #1 in the USA for innovation
  • Based in Phoenix, the fifth-largest city in the USA
  • Choice of 350+ bachelor’s and nearly 200 master’s degrees
  • Range of merit scholarships available

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