Doctorate of Information Assurance

Lead in cybersecurity defense with a doctoral degree in information assurance

A doctoral degree in information assurance is a practical research degree and the highest degree program in the field. The program is designed for working professionals interested in reaching the pinnacle in their careers. And, there is a high demand for skilled experts in the cyber field who can design new processes, train new professionals and implement them in the organizations.

When you graduate with a DIA at Fairfax, you will be prepared for many exciting careers in this growing industry. Our graduates have gone on to work in high-level positions in the United States Navy, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Lockheed Martin, Cisco Systems, Wells Fargo, and more!

Entry Requirements

A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution, or an appropriately certified foreign institution with relevant academic experience. Minimum of 3 years (and preferably 5 years) of relevant professional experience, and 3.0 GPA on a scale of 4.0 at the master’s level.  Professional experience will be evaluated by the Chief Academic Officer to ensure relevancy.

Additional requirements may apply for non-native English speaking students.

What makes our program unique?

Broad range curriculum

The DIA curriculum’s broad range of courses support the foundation for many different career paths.

Personalized attention and support

The support team behind each student (Academic Advisors, Deans, Faculty, Financial Aid, and Career Services) see each person as an individual and not as a number.

Courses facilitated by industry professionals

Students are exposed to real-world scenarios, problem-solving, and networking opportunities through instructors who have spent time in the field.

DIA Program Overview

62 credit hours

Most students complete this program in 3-5 years


Additional fees apply
  • Full Distance
  • Blended (Salem, VA or Louisville, KY) for F1 Visa holders
  • Blended (Orlando, FL) for US domestic students

Accredited Programs

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 for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Scholarships & Financial Aid

We recognize that many students need some type of financial assistance in order to make this investment in their future. Our Financial Services Team will sit down with prospective students to identify sources of financial assistance. We are committed to finding solutions for those who qualify.

Please Note: Federal Financial Aid is not yet available to students of University of Fairfax.


Transfer Credits

A maximum of 9 semester credits equivalent to our courses in content, credit and level may be transferred to a Doctoral program.