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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Space Cybersecurity

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Earn a doctoral degree in space cybersecurity, defend this new cyber battleground

Space has become the latest cyber battleground. Many satellites in orbit were not designed with cybersecurity protection. In October 2020, the Wilson Center held an event, "Seeking Strategic Advantage: How Geopolitical Competition and Cooperation are Playing Out in Space," to highlight growing threat and the need for advancement in Space Cybersecurity. 

Much of the world's critical infrastructure is heavily dependent on space, specifically space-based assets, for its daily functioning. Essential systems—such as communications, air transport, maritime trade, financial services, weather monitoring and defense—all rely heavily on space infrastructure, including satellites, ground stations and data links at the national, regional and international level. This dependence poses a serious, and yet frequently under-recognized, security dilemma—especially cyber threats—for critical infrastructure providers and policymakers alike. 

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Space Cybersecurity degree is a unique program designed to meet the evolving needs of today's Space Cybersecurity in an ever-changing world of conflict. This program provides students with the opportunity to conduct extensive and sustained, original research at the highest level in this field of Space Cybersecurity. It is designed to meet the demands of the highest-skilled professionals to assist them in becoming leaders who will be involved in the advancement, expansion, and support of Space Cybersecurity on a national and international level. The PhD in Space Cybersecurity is for current professionals in the field who desire to elevate their skills to the highest level and to contribute to the body of knowledge in Space Cybersecurity. 

Graduates with the Ph.D. in Space Cybersecurity degree will be expected to fill technical executive and senior-level positions in commercial companies as well as local, state, and federal government with a variety of titles such as: 

  • Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Space Cybersecurity Company
  • Chief Space Cybersecurity Operations Officer
  • Chief Cybersecurity Officer, Space Vehicles
  • Senior Director, Space Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Officer, U.S. Space Force
  • Senior Scientist, Space Cybersecurity
  • Senior Vice President, Space Cybersecurity
  • Senior Penetration Chief, Space Cybersecurity Division
  • Senior Director, Red Team, Space Cybersecurity

Graduates from the proposed Ph.D. in Space Cybersecurity will possess the highest knowledge in Space Cybersecurity with the ability to serve as top leaders in their field. Graduates will also possess the required knowledge in Space Cybersecurity to serve as a subject matter expert and form their own private company. 

Why Capitol?

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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.

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1st in the Nation

Capitol Technology University was awarded the 2020 title of the Best Cybersecurity Program in the nation and was selected by the NSA as the National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) Northeast Regional Hub.

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Learn around your busy schedule

Our low residency requirement takes in consideration the time commitment of your established career.

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Our classes are taught by working professionals

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, making it easier to find internships and high-paying jobs.

Faculty

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. William Butler

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).

Career Opportunities

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Market demand for cybersecurity

Get the necessary credentials to become a senior leader, program developer or policy maker in federal agencies and the private sector.

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A degree that is relevant to any and every organization

Graduates will contribute significantly to their fields in cybersecurity through the creation of new knowledge and ideas.

Degree Details


The Doctorate degree in Cybersecurity is a total of 60 credits, which covers a literature review, professional research and theory, professional ethics and leadership, dissertation preparation, and other topics. Students can select from several electives based on their personal focus.


Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change.

The following rates are in effect for the 2021-2022 academic year, beginning in Fall 2021 and continuing through Summer 2022:

  • 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 faculty and staff receive a 20% discount on tuition for PhD or DSc programs.

For 2020-2021 doctorate 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.

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