Online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Critical Infrastructure

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Earn a B.S. in Critical Infrastructure and defend our nation’s crucial cyber assets, systems, and networks.

Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Critical Infrastructure in an era where digitalization and technology form the backbone of our societies, a Bachelor of Science degree in Critical Infrastructure is a promising and future-proof career choice. Critical infrastructure refers to the physical and cyber systems and assets so vital to a nation that their incapacity would have a debilitating impact on national security, economic stability, public health, or safety. In essence, they are the lifeblood of our modern societies, and experts trained in this field are indispensable. 

The Demand for Skilled Professionals 

The first and foremost reason to consider this degree lies in the increasing demand for skilled professionals in this sector. As our reliance on critical infrastructure — such as energy, water, transport, communications, and healthcare systems — increases, so does the need to protect these assets. The growing interconnectedness and complexity of these systems make them more susceptible to failures and cyber-attacks, resulting in an ever-increasing demand for professionals who can understand, protect, and enhance these critical infrastructures.  

The Blend of Multi-Disciplinary Learning 

The Bachelor of Science in Critical Infrastructure offers a robust curriculum blending multiple disciplines, including engineering, computer science, business management, public policy, and sociology. This multidisciplinary approach equips students with a comprehensive understanding of the different facets of critical infrastructure, fostering a holistic perspective that is highly sought after in the industry. 

High Earning Potential 

Given the high stakes associated with the field of critical infrastructure, professionals in this sector are often well-compensated. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for information security analysts (a role closely related to critical infrastructure protection) was $103,590 in May 2020. With the continued digitization of critical infrastructure, these figures are expected to rise, promising a lucrative career path for graduates. 

Career Flexibility 

A degree in Critical Infrastructure offers a plethora of career paths. Graduates can work in various sectors, including government, energy, transportation, finance, healthcare, and more. They can serve as policy analysts, infrastructure planners, risk management consultants, cybersecurity analysts, and resilience officers, among other roles. This wide range of potential career paths provides a high degree of flexibility and allows graduates to pursue roles that align with their interests and aspirations. 

Societal Impact 

Professionals in the field of critical infrastructure play a crucial role in safeguarding society's basic functions. They ensure that our power grids, transportation networks, communication systems, and healthcare services remain functional and secure, even in the face of disasters or cyber threats. This responsibility makes the work in this field incredibly impactful, providing a sense of purpose and fulfillment. 

Staying Ahead in a Digital World 

As we progress further into the digital age, the significance of critical infrastructure will only increase. As new technologies like artificial intelligence, IoT, and 5G become more prevalent, they will introduce new vulnerabilities and challenges. Professionals trained in critical infrastructure will be at the forefront of managing these complexities, making this degree a future-proof investment in your career. 

This degree program addresses the great challenges of securing today's critical infrastructure, in how to create a robust and sustainable system that is resilient against multiple threats and hazards as well as build operational systems and programmatic capabilities for detection, protection, prevention, mitigation and response. This program provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and training to become a leader and professional in this diverse field.

Entering the world of critical infrastructure education, students will learn about the 16 sectors of the industry and how each plays an important role in the sustainability of our critical online systems. From power grids to chemical plants, facilities management to counterterrorism, students will explore the cybersecurity and hands-on processes behind securing our nation’s energy sector, emergency services, transportation, manufacturing, and other aspects essential to the public safety, economy, and operations of critical infrastructure. 

Students will graduate with a strong foundation in Critical Infrastructure policy, risk management, operations, and mission planning. Students will also understand each Critical Infrastructure sector and apply the latest techniques, including cybersecurity technology, to devise plans and policy for protection and rapid response. 

A Bachelor of Science in Critical Infrastructure is an excellent choice for those seeking a dynamic, impactful, and future-oriented career. As we continue to rely heavily on our critical systems and assets, the need for experts who can protect and enhance these infrastructures will remain paramount. Pursuing this degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge to meet these challenges head-on, making a significant contribution to society while enjoying a fulfilling and rewarding career. 

For continued study, see our M.S. in Critical Infrastructure

Why Capitol?


Expert guidance in the field

You’ll receive the expert guidance you need to successfully complete your degree and build knowledge in the field through our industry-expert faculty. 


Strong partnerships lead to career development

Capitol has established strong partnerships with leaders in the industry to ensure that our students have access to the best resources and networking opportunities to develop their career.

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Program is 100% online

Our B.S. in Critical Infrastructure is offered 100% online.

Key Faculty

Gary Burke

Gary Burke

Program Director

Gary Burke has an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BS in Building Science from Auburn University.  He has extensive experience in business operations and management, commercial and residential construction, real estate and land development, residential and commercial property.  Professor Burke has a passion for education and has mentored hundreds of students in the construction management field.  

Dr. Ron Martin

Dr. Ron Martin

Professor of Practice

Dr. Ron Martin is a Professor of Practice at Capitol Technology University, specializing in the functional areas of Critical Infrastructure, Industrial Control System Security, Identity, Credential, and Access Management. Dr. Martin maintains professional relationships with a diverse mix of businesses. He serves on the board of directors for many profit and nonprofit organizations, such as the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) P2887 - Zero Trust Security Working Group (ZTSWG) as Vice Chair. He is a voting member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the International Standards Organization (ISO), which works to develop and articulate the U.S. position by ensuring public and private sector stakeholder involvement. He is also a member of the Cloud Security Alliance Zero-Trust/ Software Defined Perimeter Expert’s Working Group and the Security Industry Association Standards Committee.

Career Opportunities

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Market demand for Critical Infrastructure expertise

Get your degree in a rapidly growing field with an increasing demand for talented and dedicated professionals with technical and management skills.

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A degree in a critical industry

Graduates will get their breakthrough into the industry, establishing themselves as learned professionals, or continue to a higher degree.

The 16 Sectors of Critical Infrastructure

Why has the U.S. government designated 16 sectors of critical infrastructure? Because these sectors need cybersecurity, and other forms of protection, so we can maintain our lives.

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Degree Details

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change.

The following rates are in effect for the 2024-2025 academic year, beginning in Fall 2024 and continuing through Summer 2025:

  • Anytime Online Tuition - Standard Rate ** $455 per credit, plus fees
  • Anytime Online Tuition - Partnership Rate ** $360 per credit, plus fees
  • Active Duty Military Tuition ** Tuition $250 per credit, plus fees
  • Retired Military Tuition ** Tuition $763 per credit, plus fees
  • Information technology fees
  • Part-time (1-11 credits) - $40 per credit
  • Full-time (12+ credits) - $435 per semester
  • International student fee - $778 per semester

**eligibility for this rate requires acceptance into an anytime online program; additional discounts or scholarships do not apply

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