Program type:


Est. time to complete:

3-4 years
Credit Hours:

60 (with master's) or 72 (with bachelor's)
Explore innovative ways to use information technology to secure sensitive information and defend IT infrastructure.
The UNT Information Science Ph.D. program responds to the varied and changing needs of the information age by offering the Cybersecurity concentration, offered jointly with UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and UNT Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences with the ultimate goal of providing interdisciplinary training, research and professional services in cybersecurity. The concentration will prepare academics that are capable of conducting research on the critical issues in cybersecurity and related areas and that are highly focused on information science perspectives. They will fulfill the ever-increasing need for highly-trained researchers to assist the federal and state governments, the military and the public sector in defending our information infrastructure and assets.

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Why Earn an Information Science Ph.D. With a Concentration in Cybersecurity?

The UNT Information Science Ph.D. program with a concentration in Cybersecurity responds to the varied and changing needs of an information age, increasing recognition of the central role of information and information technologies in individual, social, economic and cultural affairs.

The mission of UNT's Information Science Ph.D. program is to provide a center of excellence in graduate education and research. Its primary goals are to:

  • Nurture critical and reflective thinking on the fundamental issues and elements of problems of utilization of information
  • Foster an environment of substantive and productive mentoring and apprenticeship
  • Prepare scholars passionate about the role of information in human affairs
  • Foster cross-disciplinary thinking and research.

Students are recruited to the program from a wide range of disciplines and encouraged to expand and refocus their expertise and skills in cutting-edge areas of information science that cross disciplinary boundaries. The multifaceted nature of information science warrants the focusing of resources, courses, and faculties from a broad range of academic units.

Marketable Skills
  • Research and publication
  • Pedagogical practices
  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership ability
  • Data analysis

Cybersecurity Information Science Ph.D. Highlights

Special lectures hosted by the college and the department feature renowned scholars who provide different perspectives and insights into the information science field.
Our students and faculty are active members of different professional associations and learned societies, such as the iSchools consortium, the American Library Association, the Association for Information Science and Technology, and the Knowledge & Information Professional Association.
The structure of the IS Ph.D. program deliberately encourages and supports interactions among students and faculty in different academic units. Faculty and doctoral students together pursue research in a variety of areas.
The Department of Information Science offers financial support and scholarships to its students to recognize exceptional academic and creative accomplishments
The Career Center is one of the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major.
Instruction is offered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online and blended, that allows you to balance classes with full-time or part-time employment.

What Can You Do With an Information Science Ph.D. With a Concentration in Cybersecurity?

Graduates of the program are prepared to contribute to the advancement and evolution of the information society in a variety of roles and settings as administrators, researchers, and educators.

Cybersecurity Information Science Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Data Modeling for Information Professionals (3 hrs)
This course is designed to meet the needs of the information industry for data modeling and database design for text and multimedia applications. Focus on the application of data modeling technologies to library and information science practice and research.
Networking and Telecommunications (3 hrs)
This course examines the strategic impact on the business organization of the convergence of telecommunications and computer topics. Includes the design and organizational restructuring issues associated with new technologies in telecommunications.
Information Security Management (3 hrs)
This course investigates the major concepts, challenges and strategies of countermeasures used in information security management. Typical topics include definition of terms, concepts, elements, and goals incorporating industry standards and practices with a focus on availability, vulnerability, integrity and confidentiality aspects of information security management.
Data Mining (3 hrs)
This course is an introduction to data mining which includes main data mining tasks, e.g. classification, clustering, association rules, and outlier detection, and some of the latest developments, e.g. mining spatial data and web data.
Information Warfare, Security and Risk Analysis (3 hrs)
This course offers an in-depth examination of information warfare, the management of information security and the analysis of risk withing organizational contexts.
Seminar in Communication and Use of Information (3 hrs)
Nature of information as a phenomenon and of the communication processes. Conceptual linkage to treatments in various fields. The role of information and communication in individual, social and institutional behavior.

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