Doctorate in Cybersecurity

Earn a doctorate degree in cyber and information security, advance both scholarly research and your career

What was once an IT concern, cybersecurity is now a boardroom concern. The threat of cybercrime is a disruptive reality for decision-makers across all industries and branches of the government. Capitol Technology University’s first of its kind DSc program in cybersecurity brings together an extraordinary peer community of computer and security experts all committed to understanding and evaluating the scope and impact of systems and technology from institutional, industry and global perspectives.

After completing this program, you’ll be able to conduct research as a foundation for executive action, demonstrate innovation and creativity as it relates to the strategic performance of an agency or organization and contribute to the decision-making process. You can choose electives based on your professional focus.  A few examples of elective topics are; healthcare information security, information assurance strategic management and software assurance development.

Why earn a Doctor of Science (DSc) in Cybersecurity at Capitol?

  • Our doctorate in cyber security degree was the first of its kind in the nation
  • Our low residency requirement takes in consideration the time commitment of your established career
  • Our campus is close to Washington D.C., and many of our faculty work for defense contractors, and government agencies

Active duty/retired military

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

  • 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 the program director and head of the 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.

Career Opportunities

You’ll graduate with the credentials needed to become a senior leader, program developer, and policy maker in federal agencies and the private cybersecurity field.

Online Cyber Security DSc with low residency requirement

  • Online classes allow you to work around your busy schedule
  • Meet on campus two weekends per year


  • Small cohort enables you to network with classmates and receive personalized attention from faculty
  • Accelerated classes, most last 8 weeks
  • Classes taught online, you can refer to the recorded class sessions for review


  • All applicants must include a non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Applicants need a master’s degree in a relevant field; Cybersecurity, Information Assurance, Computer Science or Information Technology, plus a minimum of 5 years of directly related work experience
  • Click here for specific details regarding online admissions deadlines, where to send transcripts, recommendation forms, etc.


  • The Doctorate degree in Cybersecurity is a total of 54-66 credits, which covers a literature review, professional research and theory, professional ethics and leadership, dissertation preparation, and other topics. Students can select from several electives based on their personal focus
  • Click here for a course list

Tuition & Fees

  • The application fee is $100
  • The per credit charge for doctorate courses is $867. This is the same for in-state and out-of-state students
  • The entrance exam fee is $100

 “I liked the fact that there was a lot of writing in the courses. That made it a lot easier when I started work on my dissertation, because I already had a lot of information and research that I could use. The program was very thorough and the staff was helpful.”

--Seria D. Lakes, D. Sc. ’14, Author of Telehealth Security: An Examination of Variance in Telehealth Security Breaches

(Read Seria’s full story here.)

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