University of the Cumberlands Online PhD in Information Technology

Discussion in 'IT and Computer-Related Degrees' started by Marcus Aurelius, Jan 29, 2018.

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  1. Marcus Aurelius

    Marcus Aurelius Active Member

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  2. dlcurious

    dlcurious Member

    Fantastic find. A reasonably priced, RA PhD in IT / IS could be a game changer. Right now to my knowledge the only existing competition from non-profits is DSU's DSc.
     
  3. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

  4. onlymybest

    onlymybest Member

    I recently applied and appreciated them waiving the application fee for military and first responders.
     
  5. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    And other DIer enters the Cumberlands fold.... ;)
     
  6. onlymybest

    onlymybest Member

    Do you have any quick thoughts on your experience with Cumberlands, that you could share? How is the teaching, coursework, etc.
     
  7. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

  8. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    It is so weird that they give you student ID and email address before you getting acceptance to the program/school. I think I would love this program because it aligns with my works, low tuition, and no residencies is a big plus for me.
     
  9. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    Really? I still don't have a student ID, and I don't remember when I got the email address. But if that's how they roll now, well, okay.
     
  10. onlymybest

    onlymybest Member

    The PhD courses listed in the Graduate Catalog look really interesting.

    My transcripts were just marked as being received today, and was sent an email to schedule an interview for next week.
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2018
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  11. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    "Content Specialty Area: A content specialty area of at least twenty-four hours must be earned in one of these disciplines: Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Digital Forensics, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, or other related discipline at the discretion of the Dean of the School."

    I am wondering if the 24 credits come from 600 level courses.
     
  12. onlymybest

    onlymybest Member

    I finished my interview this morning at 10 am and received an email around noon stated that I was accepted in the the PhD IT program. Very quick and easy.
     
  13. dlcurious

    dlcurious Member

    While stumbling around looking at other programs I found this as well:

    http://ualr.edu/online/programs/cis/

    Requires 3 campus visits but otherwise everything can be completed online.
     
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  14. decimon

    decimon Well-Known Member

    Ah, Owney Madden U. Good find.
     
  15. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    It seems I got the interview right before you with Dr. Solomon. I was accepted too and I accepted the offer. I have registered for the first course, it seems the course is taught by Dr. Brian LeClaire.
    I got the interview done at 9:15 A.M; and I was offered as well I also accepted and register for the first course. The ITS831 seems to be taught by Dr. Brian P. LeClaire; he seems to be the Humana's Chief Information Officer (https://humana.gcs-web.com/corporate-governance/management).

    The University of the Cumberlands' program is more technology based; while the program at University of Arkansas at Little Rock is more into information based. If you are looking for low cost Ph.D in Information Systems; then UofA at LR better fit than UC's program.

    It seems I could transfer some credits plus CISSP for 6 credits into the program. So, I only need 42 credits include 18 credits for core courses and 18 credits research and dissertation.
     
  16. onlymybest

    onlymybest Member

    Is ITS831 Info Tech Importance in Strategic Plan the first course we have to take?

    I accepted the offer and plan on starting March 5th, but I'm not sure what class to take first. I was considering MSDF533- Digital Forensics Tools and Techniques, but I haven't spoken to Kami yet about registering for courses. I was hoping to save the "Core Courses" until later, since apparently those are the courses on which we will be tested for the Comprehensive exam.

    Did you already get UC to accept your transfer credit? I have a couple of courses that should transfer, but I'm not sure if I will be able to get the maximum 18 hours to transfer.
     
  17. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    There is no class particular order, I just take it because of its availability. The reason I don't take any specialization or elective courses yet to see what my transfer can deem for. I thought MSDF533- Digital Forensics Tools and Techniques for Master level? I asked Dr. Solomon if the 600 level courses for the specialization. He said "yes" so I could get 6 credits for CISSP certification. But I am not sure about 500 level courses. What is your specialization in? For me, I think I just stay with Cybersecurity.

    "Content Specialty Area: A content specialty area of at least twenty-four hours must be earned in one of these disciplines: Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Digital Forensics, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, or other related discipline at the discretion of the Dean of the School. "
     
  18. onlymybest

    onlymybest Member

    I did not realize that the "Content Specialty Areas" are based on the Master's degree programs. I'm only seeing two classes from my previous IT degree that will likely transfer, i.e., Visualizing Data, and Cloud Computing. I would like to transfer the credit, but haven't submitted them yet. I was really hoping more classes from my master's degree would transfer, but I'm not seeing many other corresponding courses.

    It appears the courses specialties are as listed below, although I'm not sure how that works with electives. (24 credits needed for a specialty)

    Information Security Courses
    • ISOL 531 – Access Control
    • ISOL 532 – Telecommunications and Network Security
    • ISOL 533 – Information Security and Risk Management
    • ISOL 534 – Application Security
    • ISOL 535 – Cryptography
    • ISOL 536 – Security Architecture and Design
    • ISOL 631 – Operations Security
    • ISOL 632 – Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Planning
    • ISOL 633 – Legal Regulations, Compliance, and Investigation
    • ISOL 634 – Physical Security
    Digital Forensics Courses
    • MSDF 530 – Investigation and Triage
    • MSDF 531 – Windows Digital Forensics
    • MSDF 532 – Windows Registry Forensics
    • MSDF 533 – Digital Forensics Tools and Techniques
    • MSDF 630 – Digital Forensics Evidence
    • MSDF 631 – Malware Analysis and Mitigation
    • MSDF 632 – INFOSEC Leadership and Communications
    • MSDF 633 – Laws, Regulations, Investigations, and Compliance
    • MSDF 634 – Web Browser Forensics
    Information Technology Courses
    1. ITS 530 – Analyzing and Visualizing Data
    2. ITS 531 – Business Intelligence
    3. ITS 532 – Cloud Computing
    4. ITS 630 – Organization Leadership and Decision Making
    5. ITS 631 – Operational Excellence
    6. ITS 632 – Introduction to Data Mining
    7. Elective
    8. Elective
    9. ITS 699 – Information Security Project (1hr)
    Computer Information Systems
    • Not found
    Computer Science
    • Not found
    In addition to the core and research courses:
    Core Courses:
    ITS 831 – Information Technology Importance in Strategic Planning
    ITS 832 – Information Technology in a Global Economy
    ITS 833 – Information Governance
    ITS 834 – Emerging Threats and Countermeasures
    ITS 835 – Enterprise Risk Management
    ITS 836 – Data Science and Big Data Analytics
    Professional Research:
    LEAR 734 / ITS 734 – Inferential Statistics
    LEAR 736 / ITS 736 – Dissertation Seminar
    LEAR 839 / ITS 839 – Advanced Research Methods
    LEAR 930 / ITS 930 – Dissertation
    LEAR 931 / ITS 931 – Dissertation
    *LEAS 730, LEAS 830, LEAC 836 or approved elective
     
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2018
  19. onlymybest

    onlymybest Member

    The forensic class was full, so Kami signed me up for ISOL535/Lecture/01 - Cryptography | Credits 3.00
    The course examines methods and techniques for concealing data for security purposes. Topics covered will include cryptographic techniques, approaches and technologies. Credit, 3 hrs.
    Duration 3/5/2018 - 4/26/2018 Instructors McCracken, Donald Forrest

    I was pleased to learn that the cost was only $315.00 per credit since it is not the executive program, i.e., Lectures/20+ are for the on campus executive program when searching Cumberlands' course list.

    ISOL 535 – Cryptography. The course examines methods and techniques for concealing data for security purposes. Topics covered will include cryptographic techniques, approaches and technologies.
    Upon completion of the course, students will be able to
    • Define key cryptographic terms.
    • Identify the characteristics of quantum cryptography.
    • Match symmetric key algorithms to their corresponding descriptions.
    • Distinguish between types of asymmetric algorithms.
    • Determine the appropriate use for a given message format.
    • Recognize types of ciphers.
    • Match types of cryptanalytic attack with their corresponding descriptions.
    • Determine the appropriate hash algorithm to use in a given scenario.
    • Recognize characteristics of message authentication codes.
    • Identify the characteristics of digital signatures.
    • Identify guidelines for key management and distribution.
    • Identify characteristics of the XKMS.
    • Recognize the appropriate application of the split knowledge method of key management.
    • Recognize methods of key distribution.
     
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2018
  20. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Is that the 600 and 500 level courses tuition? I thought the tuition for the Ph.D in Information Technology is $500.00 per credit and $700.00 per credit for the Executive program. Or it is Veteran discounted tuition? I signed up for the IT831 - It is $1,550.00 (3 credit tuition plus $50.00 technology fees). I was able to verify no extra fees if paying with credit card.
     

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