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Combination Program PhD in Technology with Master of Science (MS) in Research Methods

Earn a Combination Program PhD in Technology with Master of Science (MS) in Research Methods, advance both scholarly research and your career

The Combination Program PhD in Technology with Master of Science (MS) in Research Methods has been designed for students who desire a PhD in Technology, but do not possess an appropriate master’s degree.

The Combination Program begins with a MS in Research Methods (requiring 30 credits) and continues with doctoral studies leading to a PhD in Technology (requiring an additional 60 credits). The Combination Program requires a total of 90 credits to complete. Upon graduation, the successful student will be awarded a PhD in Technology with MS in Research Methods.

The Combination Program provides students with the opportunity to conduct extensive and sustained original research in technology.  This degree program prepares students to take on roles as leaders in their chosen technological fields.

Graduates will contribute significantly to their fields through the creation of new knowledge and ideas. Further, through this research-based program, students are able to engage quickly in research and publishing without the need to navigate the limitations inherent in traditional coursework models.

Students build a solid foundation in research methods by working with Capitol Technology University experts to develop a research proposal. They then work independently to conduct the study and produce a meaningful body of original research of publishable quality. The program also equips students with knowledge of the legal, political, ethical, and social dimensions of their fields of research.

    The Combination Program is a PhD in Technology with an inseparable programmatic link to a MS in Research Methods. The M.S. in Research Methods is an integral step leading to a PhD in Technology. The MS in Research Methods CANNOT be taken as a standalone degree; students must be in the Combination Program pursuing a PhD in Technology. Additionally, students in the Combination Program will only be awarded the M.S. degree after completing the PhD in Technology.

    Why Capitol?

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


    Learn around your busy schedule

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


    Our classes are taught by working professionals

    Capitol’s faculty are working professionals in the field – subject matter experts who apply their knowledge on a daily basis and are up to speed on emerging developments.


    Key Faculty

    Ian McAndrew

    Dr. Ian McAndrew

    Dr. McAndrew has five degrees, PhD, two Master’s and two bachelor’s degrees, he is a Professional Engineer and a member of several institutions. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and recognized as an international leader in Aerodynamics research. He 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 where he was an engine designer (Thermodynamics), and has worked at several universities in Europe and all over the world. His main passion is supervising PhD students and has over 30 PhD successes. 

    Dr. Helen G. Barker

    Dr. Helen G. Barker

    Vice President of Academic Affairs

    Dr. Helen Barker is an educator in the areas of management and organiza­tion, personnel and human resources, quantitative analysis, and operations management. She spent 15 years working in the private sector as a man­agement analyst and resource training specialist in the distribution industry. In addition, she worked with the Northern Virginia Regional Partnership through Virginia Tech as an economic development analyst. She has a mas­ter’s in business management from Strayer University and a D.M. concentrating in organizational leadership from Uni­versity of Phoenix. Currently, the VP of Academic Affairs for Capitol, Dr. Barker continues her research in distance education and educational technologies.

    Jason Pittman

    Dr. Jason Pittman


    Jason Pittman draws on his previous experiences as a network engineer, security architect and software developer to make the cybersecurity courses he teaches come alive for his students.

    Career Opportunities

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    Market demand for technology

    Get the necessary credentials to take on roles as leaders in their chosen fields of technology, become researchers, or enter higher education as teaching professionals.


    A degree that is relevant to any and every organization

    Graduates will contribute significantly to the fields of technology and research methods through the creation of new knowledge and ideas.

    Degree Details

    Master's Component:

    Combination Program students begin with graduate-level coursework in advanced writing, research techniques, methodology, ethics, qualitative and quantitative research, data collection, applied statistics, data analysis, analytics, and data visualization that prepares them for doctoral studies. Following satisfactory completion of the masters degree requirements, students will continue their path to success at the doctoral level by working with a research committee from Capitol Technology University to develop a research proposal in their chosen field of technology.

    Doctoral Component:

    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 (3 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.

    Tuition & Fees

    Tuition rates are subject to change without notice.

    The following rates are in effect for the 2018-2019 academic year, beginning in Fall 2018 and continuing through Summer 2019:

    • The application fee is $100
    • The per-credit charge for doctorate courses is $893. This is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.
    • The entrance exam fee is $100


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