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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Offensive Cyber Engineering

Starting Spring 2023

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Earn a doctoral degree in offensive cyber engineering and secure our nation by addressing the need for adaptability in the face of new and emerging cyber threats to global intelligence, public safety, and the world economy.

The field of Offensive Cyber Engineering is a developing area seen across all organizations. Both the private and public sectors are realizing the need for not only a defensive plan, but also an offensive strategy to combat the common and ever-present threat of hackers, terrorists, and invasive onslaughts to our sensitive and critical online systems. Everything from private healthcare data to global security information needs protection from nefarious infiltrators. Focusing on a position of force and prevention rather than defense and damage control, this program explores effective tactics, techniques, procedures, and philosophy behind offensive cyber engineering. 

The PhD in Offensive Cyber Engineering is for current or experienced professionals in the field of cybersecurity, intelligence and security studies, and/or computer science, or related fields, who are serving, retired, or civilian based. Students will pursue a deep proficiency in this area using interdisciplinary methodologies, cutting-edge courses, and dynamic faculty. Graduates will contribute significantly to the Offensive Cyber Engineering field through the creation of new knowledge and ideas. 

As your PhD progresses, you will move through a series of progression points and review stages by your academic supervisor. This ensures that you are engaged in research that will lead to the production of a high-quality thesis and/or publications, and that you are on track to complete this in the time available. Following submission of your PhD Thesis or accepted three academic journal articles, you will have an oral presentation assessed by an external expert in your field. 

Why Capitol?

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Expert guidance in doctoral research

Capitol’s doctoral programs are supervised by faculty with extensive experience in chairing doctoral dissertations and mentoring students as they launch their academic careers. You’ll receive the guidance you need to successfully complete your doctoral research project and build credentials in the field. 

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Proven academic excellence

Study at a university that specializes in industry-focused education in technology fields, nationally recognized for our academic excellence in our programs. 

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Program is 100% online

Our PhD in Offensive Cyber Engineering is offered 100% online.

Key Faculty

Ian McAndrew

Dr. Ian McAndrew

Dean of Doctoral Programs

An internationally recognized leader in research and expert on low-speed flight, Dr. McAndrew has five degrees: a PhD, two master’s degrees and two bachelor’s degrees. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Dr. McAndrew chairs several international conferences and journals and is invited to give keynote speeches all over the world. He started his career in the automotive industry as an engine designer, and has worked at several universities across the globe. Dr. McAndrew is Dean of doctoral programs at Capitol Technology University. An external examiner on the world wide stage (UK USA, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Japan, Australia, Greece and Kenya) his experience includes over 115 successful Doctorate successes.

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Dr. Kellep Charles

Dr. Kellep Charles

Chair, Cybersecurity

Dr. Kellep Charles is Chair of Cybersecurity programs at Capitol Technology University. He completed his Doctorate in Cybersecurity at Capitol Technology University.  He also holds a Master of Science in Telecommunication Management from the University of Maryland University College and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Dr. Chuck Connor

Dr. Charles Conner

Chair of Engineering

Dr. Charles Conner has worked in industry and academia since 1980.  His specialty is digital signal and image processing and has worked with Catholic University as well as many government agencies.  He started teaching (part-time) in 1984.

Dr. William Butler

Dr. William Butler

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. William (Bill) Butler is currently the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Capitol Technology University. Prior to this appointment in 2021, Dr. Butler served as Cybersecurity Chair for 8 years at Capitol Tech. Earlier in his career, he worked in the networking and IT industries as a network engineer and consultant for over 20 years. He 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). Dr. Butler holds a Doctorate in cybersecurity earned from Capitol focusing on preserving cellphone privacy and countering illegal cell towers (IMSI catchers).

Career Opportunities

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Market demand for offensive cyber engineering expertise

Get the necessary credentials to take on a leadership role; become a researcher, speaker, author, or trusted expert in this budding field. According to Defense News (2022), the U.S. Army will be soon launching an offensive cyber capabilities office geared towards the development of electronic warfare and cyber offensive objectives.

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A degree that is relevant to any and every organization

Graduates will contribute significantly to the offensive cyber engineering field through the creation of new knowledge and ideas that will make them an asset to any organization.

Degree Details


The PhD program offers 2-degree completion requirement options:  

  1. Dissertation Option: the student will produce, present, and defend a doctoral dissertation after receiving the required approvals from the student’s Committee and the PhD Review Boards. 

  1. Publication Option: the student will publish three works of original research in a scholarly peer-reviewed journal(s) of high stature. Two of the three published works may be in a peer reviewed conference proceeding if the conference is international and approved by the Dean. The student will produce an exegesis culminating the work for their defense. Students must receive the required approvals from the student’s Committee and the PhD Review Board prior to publication. 

Prior Achieved Credits May Be Accepted 


Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change.

The following rates are in effect for the 2022-2023 academic year, beginning in Fall 2022 and continuing through Summer 2023:

  • The application fee is $100
  • The per-credit charge for doctorate courses is $933. This is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.
  • Retired military receive a $50 per credit hour tuition discount
  • Active duty military receive a $100 per credit hour tuition discount for doctorate level coursework.
  • High School and Community College full-time faculty and full-time staff receive a 20% discount on tuition for PhD or DSc programs.

For 2022-2023 doctorate tuition and fees, click here.

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