You’ll appreciate the flexibility of our graduate programs before you even start.
As a master's student, you can apply — and be accepted — at any time. Courses are eight weeks long and are offered in six terms throughout the year. After filing an application, you can begin taking courses in the next term. Note, however, that there are deadlines for financial aid.
Step 1: Complete the application
Master's Program Requirements
To be considered, you must have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Students who have not met the 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA requirements or do not meet all of the program specific prerequisites are provided an opportunity to gain full acceptance. Depending on the degree program, additional information may be requested. In this case, students are provisionally admitted and limited to three courses of enrollment. To achieve full acceptance, provisional students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in their first three graduate courses. Upon doing so, students are automatically converted to full acceptance status. If a provisional student fails to achieve a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA after completing three courses, then he or she will be academically dismissed, and will not be permitted to enroll in any further courses.
Although it is rare, Capitol Technology University reserves the right to request that an applicant take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to be considered for admission.
Step 2: Submit your transcripts
Have your undergraduate degree transcripts sent to Capitol. An official, signed transcript must be sent directly from your school(s) to the Office of Admissions. If you attended more than one institution, only those transcripts with the final degree posted should be submitted. Transcripts should be mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Capitol Technology University
11301 Springfield Road
Laurel, MD 20708
For those applicants who have attended a post-secondary college and/or university outside of the United States, you must have your academic records evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization member. Regardless of citizenship, language or home country, you must have your academic records evaluated by a NACES organization member. When selecting the type of evaluation, please be sure to select Course by Course Evaluation.
Step 3: Attend a virtual info session
Capitol Technology University offers prospective graduate students the opportunity to attend a virtual info session, a unique online session where you can experience the interactive online classroom format that is CapitolLIVE! Attendees should expect to learn about what Capitol has to offer and become familiar with available graduate degree programs, while meeting and speaking live with faculty members and admissions representatives.
Step 4: Explore financial aid
If you're applying for need-based financial aid, obtain the Free Application for Federal Student Aid after Jan. 1. The FAFSA is due March 2 to the Department of Education. Be sure to note Capitol Technology University's U.S. Department of Education Institutional Code: 001436.
Step 5: Review the schedule of classes
The following rates are in effect for the 2019-2020 academic year, beginning in Fall 2019 and continuing through Summer 2020. Click here for 2020-2021 tuition rates.
Tuition rates are subject to change.
- Online or satellite campus (per credit) - $618, plus fees (information technology and other applicable fees)
- Independent study (per credit) - $860, plus fees (information technology and other applicable fees)
- Online 3-credit course - $1,911 (including fees)
Active Duty Military Tuition Rates (all master's degree programs)
- Master's Active Duty Military Tuition Rate - $350 per credit hour, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
- Master's program paper application - $40
- Master's program online application - free
Registration Academic Services
- Information Technology fee, per semester - $19 per credit hour
- Late registration for continuing students - $40
- Late payment - $25
- Deferment payment plan - $30
- Drop/add (each form) - $10
- Returned check - $40
- Transcript (each) - $10
- Certificates - $25
- Replacement of Diploma - $75
- Master's program - $150
- Additional degrees - $75
Click here to see graduate payment options.
At Capitol Technology University, we’re committed to providing an excellent education that’s affordable for all students. We offer you reasonable tuition and fees, and a broad array of financial aid options. In fact, more than 80 percent of Capitol’s students receive some form of financial assistance.
Our experienced financial aid staff will assist you in finding funds to help pay for your graduate education.
Here are some of your funding options:
Institutional Scholarships and Resources
Yellow Ribbon Program
Capitol Technology University proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon GI Educational Enhancement Program which provides additional funds for education without additional charges to a veteran’s GI entitlement. This program allows qualifying veterans the opportunity to attend one of Capitol’s graduate programs tuition free.
Blue Ribbon Program
Capitol Technology University designed the Blue Ribbon program to provide working professionals who are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program a funding resource for their master's program. There are three funding opportunities under the Blue Ribbon Program:
- Blue Ribbon Scholarship provides a $1500 scholarship. A master’s degree student who has successfully completed three master’s level courses with a 3.0 CGPA may receive a tuition scholarship of $500 per course for the next three consecutive courses. A student may renew the scholarship during their ninth course.
- Blue Ribbon Referral provides full tuition for one master’s course given to a student in a master’s degree who refers a student to any of the university’s degree programs – undergraduate, masters or doctoral.
- Blue Ribbon Guarantee Reimbursement Scholarship guarantees up to 50% of tuition costs when your Employer Tuition Assistance is cut during any eight week term.
National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant)
To receive the SMART Grant, an eligible student must receive a Pell Grant during the same award year; be a U.S. citizen; be a full-time student in his or her third or fourth academic year of undergraduate degree study; be pursuing a major in physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, engineering or critical foreign language; and have at least a 3.0 grade point average as of the end of the second award year and continue to maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
Capitol Technology University’s Financial Aid Staff has developed a list of private scholarships to assist students in financing their education. Scholarship program criteria range from need to merit, to characteristics of applicant to program of study, to geographical. Application deadlines vary. (Download Scholarship Packet on MyCapitol/College Offices/Financial Aid Office/ Forms/Scholarship Packet)
State Scholarships, Grants and Loans
Most States offer scholarships, grants and loans to graduate students who demonstrate financial need. Each State has different programs, deadlines and criteria. It is recommended that you contact your state’s Office of Higher Education for more information.
- Maryland Higher Education Commission – http://www.mhec.state.md.us
- District of Columbia – http://osse.dc.gov
- Pennsylvania – http://www.pheaa.org
- Virginia – http://www.schev.edu
The federal government makes low-interest loans available to graduate students. Like all loans, these must be repaid. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (six credits) each semester and can borrow up to their cost of attendance minus all other financial aid received.
Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan
Graduate students can take out a low-interest Unsubsidized Direct Loan through a program sponsored by the federal government. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid determines a student’s eligibility. If you file a FAFSA and include the Capitol Technology University school code, 001436, Capitol’s Financial Aid Office will inform you of the loan amount for which you qualify. The maximum amount a Grad student may apply for is $20,500 per academic year based on their eligibility. The interest rate is variable and accrues on the loan during in-school and grace periods. Interest may be paid as it accrues or it can be added to the loan principal. To apply for the Unsubsidized Direct Loan go to http://www.studentloans.gov to complete the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling session.
Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan
The PLUS program, also sponsored by the federal government, is available to graduate students who have borrowed their maximum annual or aggregate loan amount to help pay for education regardless of financial need. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits).
- The loan is based on credit history. Grad student must have good credit history.
- A FAFSA must be completed.
- Grad student may borrow up to the cost of the education minus any other aid. Grad student must complete the PLUS Master Promissory Note and credit check found online at http://www.studentloans.gov. The credit check must be done each academic year the loan is borrowed.
- Grad students with adverse credit history may be required to complete an online Entrance Counseling Session before the loan can be disbursed.
- Interest accrues upon disbursement. Interest can be paid as accrued or added to the principal of the loan.
- Repayment begins immediately after the final disbursement for the academic year.
- The interest rate for the PLUS is variable, with a maximum rate of 9 percent. The rate is adjusted every July 1, based on the 52-week Treasury Bill on June 1, plus 3.1 percent.
If you are a veteran or a veteran's dependent, you may be eligible for educational benefits.
Courses begin every two months.
As a master's student, you can apply — and be accepted — at any time. Courses are eight weeks long and are offered in six terms throughout the year. After filing an application, you can begin taking courses in the next term.
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