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

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Combination Program PhD in Technology with Master of Science (MS) in Research Methods for those with only a Bachelor’s Degree

Earn a Combination Program PhD in Technology with Master of Science (MS) in Research Methods, advance both scholarly research and your career. No need to complete a Master’s then search for a doctorate, start on a seamless program that will deliver your career and personal goals.

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. A Bachelor’s will give you entrance and direct your studies thru only 30 credits in an efficient way that will speed your completion. A matched MS and PhD means no repetition.

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.

Why wait? Why spend time on two separate degrees when a single path will allow your goal to be achieved. If you have any questions contact us

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

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

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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

This program may be completed with a minimum of 90 credit hours, but may require additional credit hours, depending on the time required to complete the dissertation/publication research. Students who are not prepared to defend after completion of the 90 credits will be required to enroll in RSC-899, a one-credit, eight-week continuation course. Students are required to be continuously enrolled/registered in the RSC-899 course until they successfully complete their dissertation defense/exegesis.

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

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change.

The following rates are in effect for the 2024-2025 academic year, beginning in Fall 2024 and continuing through Summer 2025:

  • The application fee is $100
  • The per-credit charge for doctorate courses is $950. 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.
  • Information technology fee $40 per credit hour.
  • High School and Community College full-time faculty and full-time staff receive a 20% discount on tuition for doctoral programs.

Find additional information for 2024-2025 doctorate tuition and fees.

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