PhD in Engineering - Concentration in Security

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The College of Engineering and Applied Science at UCCS offers a new Security specialty in the Ph.D. in Engineering degree program, starting in Fall 2008. The nation-wide unique specialty offers the security curriculum for students to study and conduct multi-disciplinary research in areas of cyber security, physical security, and homeland security, which have become critical and increasingly urgent in today's personal, business, and government operations. This new multi-disciplinary concentration integrates the existing curriculum and research initiatives, and meets the grand challenges of security with the quality expected from the University of Colorado.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE). This designation covers academic years 2012 through 2017. More information about our IA programs and activities can be accessed at the Center of Information Assurance and Security Technology (CIAST) at UCCS.

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The NSA (National Security Agency) Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program has validated that University of Colorado at Colorado Springs courseware meets all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Training Standards for:

  • Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011
  • System Administrators (SA), CNSSI No. 4013 Entry Level


IACE Certification Related Courses:

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  • CS3910 - System Administration and Security
  • CS4200-5200 - Computer Architecture
  • CS5220 - Computer Communications
  • CS5910 - Fundamentals of Computer/Network Security
  • CS5920 - Applied Cryptography
  • CS5020 - Software Security
  • CS6910 - Advanced System Security Design
  • CS6930 - Advanced Topics in Web Security and Privacy


Program Guidelines (pdf)


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Program Information

Security Related Research

Procedures & Requirements for Graduation