Defense Acquisition University

Defense Acquisition University

DAU and University of Fairfax have teamed up to provide you access to graduate and certificate programs.

The University of Fairfax was established in 2002 in response to the events of 9/11 and in support of the federal efforts to increase the nation’s cybersecurity by providing high quality, online doctoral, master’s and graduate certificate programs for adult learners. In contrast to other graduate institutions which offer information security/assurance only as a concentration as part of a degree program, the University of Fairfax has dedicated the entire institution to degree and certificate programs in pursuit of excellence in cybersecurity.

DAU certified students receive:
• Application fee is waived for all students transfer credit from DAU Approved credits
• Transfer credit will be awarded for a maximum of 9 credit hours/3 courses based on review
• DAU students transferring credit to University of Fairfax Master’s in Cybersecurity Management program are automatically eligible for the Crisis Fellowship Grant (up to $4,833 value)

Engaged, Interactive, Online.

At the University of Fairfax, we don’t believe “online” should mean “on your own.”  That’s why we include live, interactive sessions with your professors and classmates to create a real classroom experience from anywhere you happen to be.  With a curriculum focused on real-world application and faculty who are invested in their students’ success, we can help you take your career in cybersecurity, information technology, or business to the next level.  Explore our programs below, and complete the form at right to schedule an appointment with one of our admissions staff today.

Military & Veterans: Enjoy exclusive benefits along with your GI Bill®️* – including the Blue Ribbon Grant, worth up to $18,000 for qualified students.

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Highest Degree Levels for Highest Achievers

Graduate Certificate – Project Management and Quality Assurance

Graduates of this certificate program will learn how to manage, deliver, and lead complex projects and to deliver those projects on-time and under budget.

Graduate Certificate – Enterprise Information Security

The Enterprise Information Security Practices Graduate Certificate is a great way to learn and demonstrate your knowledge in information security terminology and concepts, and the expertise necessary to take-on ‘hands-on’ cybersecurity roles at these organizations.

Graduate Certificate – Cybersecurity Best Practices

Take the ‘Cybersecurity Best Practices Graduate Certificate’ program and become an ‘Ethical Hacker’ that organizations are looking for!

Graduate Certificate – Information Security Professional Practices

In the University of Fairfax’s CISSP Prep Class, students will familiarize themselves with the cybersecurity framework to critically analyze security awareness issues and to evaluate best practices in implementing security systems within the enterprise.

Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management

Learn from seasoned security practitioners and utilize cutting edge curriculum to take your cybersecurity credentials to the next level.

Master of Computer Science and Engineering

In this program, Computer Science professionals increase their breadth of knowledge to do further work in hardware, software, theory in electronics within industry or post-graduate study.

Master of Business Administration

The University of Fairfax MBA program was developed by industry experts and gives you a broad foundation in the full spectrum of business management, with the option of specializing in one of three distinct areas.

Doctorate in Information Assurance

Our doctoral students have diverse professional objectives such as becoming a cybersecurity leader, policymaker, applied researcher or academic.

Doctorate of Business Administration Degree

This degree program is designed for working professionals interested in pursuing their graduate education in the field of business administration and whom already possess a master’s degree and are seeking an advanced terminal degree in research within the business field.

Doctorate of Software Development

This preeminent developer’s curriculum at the University of Fairfax has been specifically designed for the IT professional looking to advance and leverage  their career as a Chief Software Engineer or Developer.

PhD in Computer Science and Engineering

This program is designed for working professionals in the computer science arena with a concentration in Computer Science and Engineering that already have a master’s degree and are seeking an advanced terminal degree in research within the Computer Science and Engineering field.

Master of Science in Cloud Computing

In this program, Cloud Computing professionals increase their breadth of knowledge to design, operate, and maintain cloud computing systems.

Grants & Scholarships

Crisis Grant

In order to assist transfer students from other educational institutions, the university from time to time may extend the Crisis Grant to students from institutions that have closed or face imminent closure. Students from eligible institutions who transfer their studies during designated course sessions may receive, up to remaining need, up to $75 per credit hour. The grant may be renewed in subsequent course sessions as long as the student remains continually enrolled, until completion of their academic program.

Blue Ribbon Grant

The Blue Ribbon Grant is designed to recognize and assist veterans, active-duty military personnel, spouse and dependents by providing additional grant funds upon the exhaustion or expiration of military education benefits to support the individual to enhance their educational benefits.


The University of Fairfax provides a grant of up to 35% of the total amount that is paid toward the direct cost of education on behalf of an individual qualified by the Veterans Administration under Chapter 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606, Military Tuition Assistance or State National Guard. (MYCAA recipients are not eligible)


See Student Services for an application.


Eligible students may accumulate up to a maximum of $18,000 to extend or complete their programs of study, or assist a current spouse or qualified dependent at the University of Fairfax. Once earned the accumulated grant amount may be utilized to pay tuition and fees at University of Fairfax in any academic program or degree level including to fund an external certification that is associated with the students program of study. The grant funds must be used within 10 years of the last day of the term the Blue Ribbon Grant was earned.

The military student earning the grant may elect to transfer the earned grant to a current spouse or qualified dependent under the age of 30. In the event of such transfer, the grant will be considered earned, transferable, and payable toward the transferee spouse or qualified dependent’s account following the completion of any term in which the military student’s benefits are paid toward the transferor’s tuition and fees.

University Transfer Scholarship

The University Transfer Scholarship is designed to enhance collaboration between educational institutions and facilitate continued higher education for international students. It is offered to students from Universities and Colleges or English as a Second Language programs within the United States who transfer their I‐20 to the University of Fairfax into the Doctor of Information Assurance programs. The scholarship is a one‐time award of $1,000, credited to the student’s account after their first term of enrollment, and is non‐renewable. This scholarship may not be combined with any other scholarship program and is available to students who enroll before May 9, 2022.


Information Security Certification Fellowship

The University has established an Information Security Certification Fellowship Fund for degree-seeking applicants who hold selected, recognized information security certifications such as CISSP, CISM, and CISA. This Fellowship serves to encourage information security professionals to advance their careers in order to increase the security of public and private information systems. Only active certifications held prior to enrollment in a University of Fairfax degree program are eligible for consideration. Students must remain in good academic standing and meet financial obligations to the University in order to continue to receive Fellowship disbursements.

FISMA Fellowship

The University has established the FISMA Fellowship Fund to support research that is needed to improve FISMA compliance. Preference is given to individuals who demonstrate a capability and motivation to undertake FISMA compliance-related projects. FISMA Fellowship awards are based on merit and/or need. Students must remain in good academic standing and meet financial obligations to the University in order to continue to receive fellowship disbursements.

Cyber Policy Fellowship

To support and encourage cybersecurity professionals to address cybersecurity policy level challenges, the University has established the Cybersecurity Policy Tuition Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to qualified and motivated students who wish to address cybersecurity challenges and advance their cybersecurity careers. Students must remain in good academic standing and meet financial obligations to the University in order to continue to receive disbursements each session towards their tuition.

Cybersecurity Crisis Fellowship

In recognition of the persistent global cyber security crisis, the Cybersecurity Crisis Fellowship has been established to help prepare future professionals in their efforts to protect business  and government data systems.

For more information on how to apply and qualify for institutional aid, please fill out the form to the right.


It wasn’t just lip service… [they] made me feel like these were people that I could relate to.  [University of Fairfax] was right there and provided me with [a grant] that was more than adequate to cover that additional time in terms of tuition. They were just fantastic about that.

– John Galliano
Doctorate of Information Assurance

I was surprised by how welcoming and detailed they were about all the information that was required.  Other programs were focused more on IT whereas this DIA program concentrated more on cybersecurity.

-Kruthi Jayakumar
Doctorate of Information Assurance

My journey started with the University of Fairfax back in 2006; I deployed in that particular month, and was able to continue to pursue my studies. There are so many people within the University of Fairfax that I’d like to thank.

-Dr. Claude L. Jenkins II
Doctorate of Information Assurance

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Admission Requirements

If you’re ready to begin your graduate degree program, start the application today. Admissions representatives are ready to answer any questions about tuition costs, program details, transfer credits, and more.
• Completed application
• Undergraduate degree transcripts from an accredited university or college. (Please note: Enterprise Information Security Certificate requires Master’s degree transcripts)
• Transcripts from any courses the student wishes to use as transfer credits to graduate program or certificate

The University of Fairfax is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Additional accreditations, approvals and certifications include:





* GI Bill®️ is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at