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NDSU Offers Nation's First Ph.D. in Cybersecurity Education

The new program focuses on training university-level educators in cybersecurity.

Solutions to the cybersecurity skills shortage tend to focus on those who need training, but a new program from North Dakota State University tackles the issue from a different direction: it offers a focus on cybersecurity education within its computer science Ph.D. program.

The goal of the program, according to a university statement, is to produce more university-level instructors qualified to teach courses in bachelor's and master's degree programs. The university states, "Students get a strong background in core computing concepts – software development, databases, algorithms and artificial intelligence – as well as completing coursework in key cybersecurity areas and educational methods and research."

Dissertations in the program can be based on research in cybersecurity, cybersecurity education technology, and cybersecurity education research.

The first student has already been admitted to the program. In addition to the Ph.D., students are also able to complete a Graduate College Teaching Certificate at NDSU with classes that contribute toward the Ph.D.

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