PhD Program
Information Assurance

This program engages faculties from the colleges of Computer and Information Science, Engineering, and Social Sciences and Humanities. It prepares students from diverse backgrounds and interests to advance the reliability and security of cyberspace as researchers, faculty members, and policy advisors.

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In addition to focusing on using technology to address global threats, the program investigates how law, policy, and human behavior influence the design and implementation of security measures. Whether your background and interests are in academia, industry, or government, you’ll graduate as a high-demand professional ready for a successful career.

Our program is affiliated with the International Secure Systems Lab, a collaboration between European and US researchers focused on web security, malware and vulnerability analysis, intrusion detection, and other computer security issues. We are also the lead institution in the ALERT Center, a multi-university Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence involved in research, education, and technology related to threats from explosives.

 

  • Admitted PhD students receive full tuition scholarship and are supported with stipends or fellowships for the entire duration of their program
  • Northeastern University has been designated by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense, in IA Research, and in Cyber Operations
  • Boston area is home to some of the nation’s largest Department of Defense contractors as well as prestigious government and independent labs, such as MIT Lincoln Lab, MITRE, and Draper Lab
  • Interdisciplinary nature of the program distinguishes it from traditional doctoral degree programs and makes it unique in the Boston area

 

Co-op makes the Northeastern graduate education richer and more meaningful. It provides Master’s students with up to twelve months of professional experience that helps them develop the knowledge, awareness, perspective, and confidence to develop rich careers. In addition to the esteemed faculty, many students enroll in the Master’s programs largely because of the successful Co-op Program.

Graduate students typically have an experiential work opportunity following their second semester. This could be a 6-8 month co-op or a 3-4 month summer internship. Those who initially experience co-op may have the opportunity to seek an internship for the following summer, or vice versa.

Student participation in experiential education provides enhanced:

  • Learning
  • Maturity, responsibility, and self-knowledge
  • Technical expertise
  • Occupational information
  • Job seeking and job success skills
  • Networking opportunities with those in desired career paths

Northeastern’s Co-op Program is based on a unique educational strategy which recognizes that classroom learning only provides some of the skills students will need to succeed in their professional lives. Our administration, faculty and staff are dedicated to the university’s mission to “educate students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment.” Co-op is closely integrated with our course curriculum and our advising system. The team of Graduate Co-op Faculty within the College of Computer and Information Science provides support for students in preparing for and succeeding on their co-ops.

These multiple connections make co-op at Northeastern an avenue to intellectual and personal growth: adding depth to classroom studies, providing exposure to career paths and opportunities, and developing in students a deeper understanding that leads to success in today’s world.

Application Materials

  • Online application and fee
  • Unofficial undergraduate/graduate transcripts (you can submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended at the time of admission)
  • Statement of purpose that should include career goals and expected outcomes and benefits from the program
  • Recent professional resume listing detailed position responsibilities
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE General Test scores
  • Official TOEFL examination scores (international students only)
  • Online application and fee
  • Unofficial undergraduate/graduate transcripts (you can submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended at the time of admission)
  • Statement of purpose that should include career goals and expected outcomes and benefits from the program
  • Recent professional resume listing detailed position responsibilities
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE General Test scores
  • Official TOEFL examination scores (international students only)

Application

Applicants must submit the online application and all required admission materials no later than the stated deadlines to be considered for admission. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Applicants are reviewed annually for admission to the Fall Term:

  • February 15
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