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Earn a doctorate degree in technology, advance both scholarly research and your career

The Doctor of Philosophy in Technology 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 fields of technology, become researchers, or enter higher education as teaching professionals. Graduates will contribute significantly to their fields through the creation of new knowledge and ideas. Further, through this research-based doctorate, students engage quickly in research and publishing without the need to navigate the limitations inherent in traditional coursework models.

Students enter the program with a research idea and at least a Committee Chair. Students begin their path to success at Capitol Technology University by working with their research committee to further develop their research proposal. Under the guidance to the committee students work independently to produce a meaningful body of original research of publishable quality. The program will equip students with knowledge of the legal, political, ethical, and social dimensions of their field of research.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Technology is offered in three formats.

  1. The first pathway is for those who enter the program having completed an appropriate Master’s degree.
  2. The second pathway is for those who enter without a completed Master’s degree. Students entering without a Master’s complete the Masters of Science in Research Methods along with the PhD. 
  3. The third pathway is for those who earned doctoral credits at another institution and wish to complete their degree at Capitol. Applicants will be interviewed by the Dean of Doctoral Programs and may transfer up to 42 credits and complete the research work in the area of focus. 

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.

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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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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.

Faculty

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.

Dr. Bradford L. Sims

Dr. Bradford L. Sims

President

Dr. Sims has always been involved with technology starting with receiving a Commodore 64 for his birthday and teaching himself basic programming to do more with the Commodore 64.  He went on to obtain a BS in Building Construction Management from Purdue University and worked coast to coast in the United States and briefly in Europe in the project management area of industrial construction and by default of his experience with technology being involved with the computer systems as well at each company.  Later, he went back to Higher Education to obtain an MS in Building Construction from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Purdue University that lead him to his first position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida.  As he moved to different universities, he advanced in the administrative positions becoming a Department Head, Dean, Chief Academic Officer, and President.  Now at Capitol Technology University, he is bringing together his background in construction and technology along with Capitol Tech’s strong cybersecurity to build the first degree programs in Critical Infrastructure design to help protect the nation.  This is an area of special interest to Dr. Sims as he sees the needs of those protecting are critical infrastructure from cyber attacks to also understand how these facilities operate to better defend against such attacks.

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.  

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.

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A degree that is relevant to any and every organization

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

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 (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.

The following rates are in effect for the 2019-2020 academic year, beginning in Fall 2019 and continuing through Summer 2020:

  • The application fee is $100
  • The per-credit charge for doctorate courses is $915. This is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.
  • 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 started by January 2021.

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

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