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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Operational Technology

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Earn a doctorate degree in Operational Technology, make meaningful contributions to the future

The Ph.D. in Operational Technology is a unique doctoral program designed to meet the demands of the highest skilled professionals to become the leaders who will be involved in the advancement, expansion, and support of the Operational Technology (OT) industry.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Operational Technology provides students with the opportunity to conduct extensive and sustained original research in Operational Technology (OT),  a multifaceted discipline. OT is the hardware and software that detects or causes a change, through the direct monitoring and control of industrial equipment, assets, processes, and events. OT is also the technology that interfaces with the physical world, including Industrial Control Systems (ICS), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Distributed Control Systems (DCS), and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Operational Technology has existed since electricity has powered machinery and equipment in factories, buildings, transportation systems, the utility industry, etc. However, the accelerating convergence of OT with Information Technology (IT) has made OT one of the most rapidly growing fields, permeating all sectors of our lives, work, and national security. As a result, the field requires innovative researchers and practitioners who desire to elevate their skills to the highest level and contribute to the body of knowledge in Operational Technology.

This degree provides a path for Operational Technology personnel to explore new ground in the rapidly evolving field of Operational Technology

Why Capitol?

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Learn around your busy schedule

Program is 100% online, with no on-campus classes or residencies required, allowing you the flexibility needed to balance your studies and career.

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Proven academic excellence

Study at a university that specializes in industry-focused education in technology fields, with a faculty that includes many industrial and academic experts.

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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. 

Key Faculty

Ian McAndrew

Dr. Ian McAndrew

Dean of Doctoral Programs

An internationally recognized leader in aerodynamics 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. An external examiner on the world wide stage (UK USA, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Japan, Australia, Greece and Kenya) his experience includes over 80 successful Doctorate successes.

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Richard Baker

Dr. Richard Baker

Director of Master’s Programs

Dr. Richard Baker is director of master’s programs at Capitol Technology University. He previously served as associate professor in Indiana State University’s Department of Aviation Technology, and as executive director of the Center for Unmanned Systems and Human Capital Development.  Richard holds a BS in mathematics and an MS in computer science from Indiana State University. He received his doctorate in information systems from Nova Southeastern University.  

Dr. Chandra Bajracharya

Dr. Chandra Bajracharya

Assistant Professor Electrical Engineering

Chandra Bajracharya received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Old Dominion University, USA, in 2014. She is a faculty member with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Capitol Technology University, USA. She was associated with the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics and worked on several projects funded by U.S. Air Force and National Institute of Health. Her research interests include wireless networking, cyber-physical systems, power electronics, alternative energy, communication systems, numerical electromagnetics, UWB antenna design, and signal and image processing.

Garima Bajwa, PhD

Dr. Garima Bajwa

Assistant Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Garima Bajwa holds a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a doctorate in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of North Texas (UNT), in addition to her undergraduate degree from the Mody Institute of Technology and Science.

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.
  2. Publication Option: the student will produce, present, and defend doctoral research that is published as articles (three required) in high-impact journals identified by the university and the student’s Committee. 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 2020-2021 academic year, beginning in Fall 2020 and continuing through Summer 2021:

  • 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
  • Effective Fall 2020 active duty military receive a $100 per credit hour tuition discount for doctorate level coursework.
  • Community College faculty and staff receive a 20% discount on tuition for PhD or DSc programs starting by January 2021.

For 2020-2021 doctorate tuition and fees, click here.


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