Master of Science in Cyber and Information Security -- Online

Earn a master’s degree in cyber and information security online, learn defensive and offensive approaches to stop malicious attacks

As cyber criminals become increasingly sophisticated, the demand for professionals who can create, manage and protect critical systems continues to grow. A master’s degree in cyber and information security provides the advanced, up-to-date knowledge needed to protect corporations and government agencies from today’s threats.

In addition, this program prepares you for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam, a globally recognized certification in the field of IT security.

Why Capitol?

Our long history in cybersecurity education. Capitol was one of the first schools to be designated a National Center of Academic Excellence-Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) in 2003 and has been successfully re-designated two times.

Our understanding of what you need to know. Our master’s in cyber and information security (MSCIS) program is mapped to National Security Agency’s cybersecurity defense knowledge units. This guarantees you’ll have the advanced coursework necessary for this ever-changing field, plus you’ll be prepared to take certification exams.

Our location is a magnet for top faculty. The Baltimore/Washington area has one of the largest concentrations of high-tech companies, defense contractors, and government agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Since many of our faculty are currently working in cybersecurity, you’re taught up-to-date strategies and best practices from the world’s top practitioners.

Capitol Tech Special Opportunities:

  • Develop your technical and collaboration skills by working on team-oriented lab projects
  • Contribute to risk assessment exercises
  • Network with others in the cyber community and Capitol alumni by joining Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and/or InfraGuard

Career Opportunities

 MSCIS graduates pursue careers as:

  • Computer Information Systems Security Officer (CISSO)
  • Security Manager
  • Chief Security Officer
  • Chief Scientist
  • Risk Assessor
  • Information Systems Security Officer
  • Cybersecurity Administrator
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Information Security Analyst

Graduates with a cyber security master’s degree earn on average $120K to $150K per year.

Active duty/retired military

We’re proud to help the men and women who defend our country advance their education by:

  • Giving all active duty service members enrolled in a master degree program a reduced rate of just $350 per credit
  • Giving members of the Maryland National Guard a 50% tuition discount
  • Offering flexible payment options for active duty students
  • Being a participating member of the Post 9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program and Montgomery GI Bill
  • Listing our online programs in the DANTES catalog, which allows students to get tuition reimbursement support under DANTES
  • Getting our programs approved by the Veterans Administration

Key Faculty

Dr. William Butler, Cyber Security Program Director

Bill Butler is currently Director, Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center (CICPC) at Capitol Technology University. Previously he worked in the networking and IT industries as a network engineer and consultant and, also served as a joint qualified communications information systems officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He retired as a Colonel with 30 years of service (active and reserve). Dr. Butler is very active in various working groups such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cloud Computing Security Forum Working Group (NIST CCSFWG), Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Big Data and Mobile Computing Working Group, and the National CyberWatch Center Curriculum Taskforce and the National Cybersecurity Student Association Advisory Board. He holds degrees from Brenau University, Marine Corps University, U.S. Army War College, National Defense University, University of Maryland and Capitol Technology University. Dr. Butler earned his Doctorate in Cybersecurity at Capitol in 2016 researching consumer countermeasures to illegal cellphone intercept.

Dr. Jason Pittman, professor

Jason Pittman draws on his previous experiences as a network engineer, security architect and software developer to make the cybersecurity courses he teaches come alive for his students.

Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Pittman was the lead in security and development for Silent Circle. His recent scholarly research includes, Trust and Transhumanism: An Analysis of the Boundaries of Zero-Knowledge Proof and Technologically Mediated Authentication, published in Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 2017. And, he’s given numerous presentations at The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education, the Education Special Interest of the Association of Information Technology Professionals and other professional associations. He holds degrees from Malone University and Capital Technology University. Dr. Pittman earned his DSc in Information Assurance at Capitol in 2012 researching network probing laboratory scenarios.

Program is 100% Online

Our master’s in cyber and information security program is offered 100% online. Once you are accepted, all you need is an Internet connection and you can attend class. We keep the classes small so you receive personalized attention from faculty who are interested in sharing their knowledge and helping you succeed.

Course Format

All classes are taught online. Most of our courses are offered in 8-week accelerated terms, making it possible to complete your master’s degree in 18 months. We currently use a synchronous format and will be changing to asynchronous starting summer, 2018.

Tuition & Fees

  • The application fee is $100
  • The per credit charge for graduate courses is $585, plus fees
  • The active duty military tuition rate is $350 per credit, plus fees
  • There is no charge for online application, $40 fee for paper application


Our graduates have been hired by various small contractors, plus large organizations such as:

Northrup Grumman
McDonnell Douglas
National Security Agency
General Dynamics Information Technology
Defense Information Systems Agency
Goldman Sachs

 “One thing I liked is that there were a lot of hands-on labs, as opposed to just writing papers. I found that, as a deliverable, to be much better given the technical nature of the subject matter.”

--Andre McNicol, MSCIS, 2013 (Read Andre’s full story here.)

“The caliber of the people teaching at Capitol is phenomenal. They’re not just sitting in a college office; they’re in the field, they’re doing the work – and that’s what an educational system needs, especially in areas like information security, which are ever-evolving. We have a saying in the Army: if you can walk it, you can talk it. Many other schools I’ve encountered can’t walk it; Capitol can.”

-- David Shifflett, US Army veteran, MSCIS (Read David’s full story here.)

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