Bachelor of Science (BS) in Cybersecurity
Earn a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, help protect America’s vital data assets
The B.S. in cybersecurity program prepares students for exciting entry level positions protecting customer data and defending the nation’s critical infrastructure from cybercriminals and nation states alike.
Not only is the BS cybersecurity accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), this program is also re-designated as an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) program. Each of these distinctions alone are testaments to the program's quality, but together they make this one of few in the nation to receive both ABET accreditation and CAE-CDE designation.
The Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) accredits four-year degree granting computing programs at the bachelor level under ABET. Capitol Tech has CAE-CDE institutional designation for all cyber related programs of study until end of 2021. After the end of 2021, all cybersecurity programs of study must apply for designation individually.
The program will introduce students to the basic concepts of cybersecurity such as how to provide confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data. You will be challenged to master concepts and skills such as risk management, virtualization, vulnerability scanning and mitigation, system hardening, cryptography, digital forensics, malware analysis, penetration testing. Students will also be afforded the opportunity to complete for challenging internships with local employers and learn incident handling and log analysis and basic analytics in our student run Security Operations Center (SOC).
Job Titles and Midrange Salaries:
- Cyber Security Specialist/Technician - $92,000
- Cyber Crime Analyst/Investigator - $94,000
- Incident Analyst/Responder - $89,000
- IT Auditor - $98,000
- CompTIA Security+
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- SANS/GIAC Certification
Click here to learn more about the Cyber Analytics and Cybersecurity programs from the Chair of Cyber and Information Security and the Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Research and Analysis (CCRA), Dr. William Butler.
This degree is fully accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET.
Our comprehensive cybersecurity center
The Center for Cybersecurity Research and Analysis serves as the university hub for training, research, analysis, and programming in all things cybersecurity. Learn to defeat simulated cyberattacks, land an internship where you can put your skills to work and prepare for the workforce, publish a scholarly article addressing an existing challenge in the field, and much more. Students–both on-ground and online–faculty, alumni, and community partners alike are welcome.
Our long history in cybersecurity education.
As one of the first schools in the nation to be designated a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense by the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency, Capitol Technology University stands ready to advance the field and do its part to combat one of the nation’s greatest challenges.
Our understanding of what you need to know.
The first two required courses in our program prepare you for the CompTIASecurity+ exam. Plus, when you finish your sophomore year, you’ll have completed the coursework that prepares you to pass industry certification exams such as A+, Network+, Certified Ethical Hacker exam, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam, giving you valuable credentials before you even graduate.
Our location puts you in the heart of the action.
The Baltimore/ Washington D.C. area has one of the largest concentrations of high-tech companies, defense contractors, and government agencies in the United States. 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. Plus, our campus is surrounded by potential employers.
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America’s Best Cybersecurity Program
Capitol Technology University is honored to receive the prestigious SC Media 2020 Award for Best Cybersecurity Higher Education Program. Formed in 1989, SC Media is highly regarded in cybersecurity circles for its long dedication to the industry. They cite Capitol Tech’s numerous undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, dedication to the employability of students, innovative programs, hands-on teaching methods and deeply rooted relationships with government agencies as reasons why the university stands out among other cybersecurity education programs.
Join our cyber team and work with other students to defend and attack secure systems. You’ll compete against other schools and improve your skills with every challenge. Last year, the team competed in 15 cyber challenges.
Team-Oriented, Multidisciplinary Projects
Professionals from all backgrounds collaborate in the real-world, so we’ve structured our labs to operate the same way. Students majoring in electrical engineering, cybersecurity, astronautical engineering and others all form teams to collaborate, trouble-shoot and explore what’s possible in our labs.
Risk Assessment Exercises
By taking part in risk assessment exercises, you’ll learn how to identify, analyze and evaluate your organization’s biggest vulnerabilities. Once identified, you can create a security strategy to prepare for potential risks.
Network with other cybersecurity professionals and Capitol alumni, and learn the newest developments in this ever-changing field by joining Information Systems Security Association and/or InfraGuard.
Certificate Exam Preparation
Your classwork prepares you for essential certification exams. After the first two courses, you’ll be prepared for the CompTIA Security+ exam. By sophomore year, you’ll be ready to take exams such as: A+, Network+, Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Security +.
Dr. William Butler
Chair, Cyber and Information Security, Director, Center for Cybersecurity Research and Analysis (CCRA)
Dr. Bill Butler is currently Director, Center for Cybersecurity Research and Analysis (CCRA) at Capitol Technology University. Prior to this appointment in 2013 Bill worked in the networking and IT industries as a network engineer and consultant for over 20 years. Bill also served as a joint qualified communications information systems officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired as a Colonel with 30 years of service (active and reserve). Bill holds a Doctorate in cybersecurity earned from Capitol focusing on preserving cellphone privacy and countering illegal cell towers (IMSI catchers).Contact Dr. William Butler
Professor of Practice in Cybersecurity
Rick Hansen is a Professor of Practice in Cybersecurity. He mentors and supports student projects from the university’s Cybersecurity program, the Cybersecurity Competition Team (“Signal 9”) and the Astronautical Engineering Program. He also provides outreach to government and industry. Rick has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering from Capitol College. His research interests include Cybersecurity for the Internet of Things, application of Socratic Learning for technology training & education, autonomous vehicle communications & countermeasures, and Entrepreneurship. Professor Hansen is a military veteran and serves as the CEO of a Cybersecurity and Research firm.
Dr. Ron Martin
Professor of Practice: Critical Infrastructure, Industrial Control System Security, and Access and Identity Management
Through his consultancy, Dr. Ron Martin maintains professional relationships with a diverse mix of businesses. He served as a board of directors for-profit and non-profit organizations. Dr. Martin retired from the United States (U. S.) Army in 1999 and the U. S. Government in 2011. In between his tours of Federal Service, he served five years as a civilian police officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. During his Federal Service, he served with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services as the program director for the development and implementation of the department’s Identity, Credentialing and Access Management (ICAM) Program.
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The Capitol Commitment
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Market Demand for Cybersecurity
- 82% of our graduates have a job or enter graduate school 90 days after commencement
- Many graduates report a starting salary of $80,000
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The BS in Cybersecurity degree is a total of 120 credits, which covers programing and computers, information assurance, management, mathematics and sciences, English and social science courses. The last two years of this program are offered in the Anytime Online and Realtime Online Delivery Options.
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Tuition & Fees
Tuition rates are subject to change.
The following rates are in effect for the 2020-2021 academic year, beginning in Fall 2020 and continuing through Summer 2021:
- There is no charge for online application, $25 fee for paper application
- Full-time tuition is $12,915 per semester, plus fees
- Anytime Online Delivery standard rate $450 per credit, plus fees
- Anytime Online Delivery partnership rate $350 per credit, plus fees
- The active duty military tuition rate is $250 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
- The retired military tuition rate is $746 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
- All full-time students who keep their student account current are promised their tuition will not increase more than 1% per year for four years
- For the cost of living in Capitol Technology University'smodern residential facility , click here
- Academic Fee for UAS-120 $500
For 2020-2021 undergraduate tuition and fees, click here.
The National Security Agency and Department of Defense have designated Capitol Technology University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. We were honored to have a communications team from the NSA come to campus and produce this video explaining the benefits of our award-winning program.