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Earn a master’s of science in aviation cybersecurity. Train for advanced leadership positions

Aviation is no longer just the task of flying airplanes; it has far-reaching implications in the global, environmental, integration, and security aspects of society. Leaders in the aviation industry face an ever-increasing need to expand the application of new technology in order to remain competitive, efficient, and viable.

By 2036, the number of air passengers is expected to reach 7.8 billion -- nearly double the current amount. Technology enables the creation and capture of ever-increasing amounts of data, which creates an enormous need for efficient management of the data, the results of which have critical ramifications. 

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Aviation Cybersecurity degree program is designed to meet the growing needs of today’s business and government environments where Aviation Cybersecurity is now a major business consideration. The M.S. in Aviation Cybersecurity provides advanced graduate-level management education where the latest aviation cybersecurity concepts are reviewed and analyzed with a laser focus. Throughout the program, the latest technological developments, applications, and considerations in the aviation industry are explored and applied to real-life industry challenges. Students will learn optimum methods and techniques to define resources and associated risks at an executive level in order to maintain profitability, manage work effectivity and efficiently, and ensure customer satisfaction.

  • Assistant Vice President, Aviation Cybersecurity - $100,1061
  • Director, Aviation Cyber Operations - average salary, $122,8062
  • Assistant Vice President, Avionics and Cybersecurity - national average salary, $168,280/Washington, DC Area average salary, $167,8112
  • Managing Director, Aviation - median salary, $170,0553
  • Managing Director, Cybersecurity - national average salary, $168,280/Washington, DC Area average salary, $167,8112
  • Corporate Aviation Cybersecurity Officer - average salary, $66,4904
  • Aviation Industry Senior Cybersecurity Strategist - average salary, $119,1715
  • Aviation Cybersecurity Business Development Consultant - average salary, $81,2792

1. Salary based upon 2020 Indeed salary data

2. Salary based upon 2020 Glassdoor salary data

3. Salary based upon 2020 data

4. Salary based on 2018 Paysa salary data

5. Salary based upon 2020 ZipRecruiter salary data

Why Capitol?


Our long history in cybersecurity education

As one of the first schools in the nation to be designated a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense by the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency, Capitol Technology University stands ready to advance the field and do its part to combat one of the nation’s greatest challenges.


Our programs provide practical experience

At Capitol, we believe online learning can equal and even surpass a traditional classroom environment. We provide our online learners with virtual labs and a state-of-the-art instructional delivery platform. With our program, you’ll gain the interaction and hands-on practice you need to develop your potential. 

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We’re industry-focused

Capitol has built a strong track record of providing high-quality academic programs that respond to emerging industry needs, from business analytics to aviation cybersecurity.


Program is 100% online

Our master’s in aviation cybersecurity is offered 100% online. Once you are accepted, all you need is an internet connection, and you can attend classes. We keep the classes small so you receive personalized attention from faculty who are interested in sharing their knowledge and helping you succeed.

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Key Faculty

Dr. William Butler

Dr. William Butler

Chair, Cyber and Information Security, Director, Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center (CICPC)

Bill Butler is currently Director, Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center (CICPC) 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).

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. Steve McCaskey

Dr. Steve McCaskey

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. McCaskey developed a solid background in aviation during his twenty years in the United States Navy. As a C-130 and P-3 Flight Engineer with over 5,000 flight hours, he became an expert in aircraft systems, weight and balance, emergency procedures, aircraft flight profiles, safety of flight, and aircrew flight equipment. This considerable systems knowledge allowed him to obtain an FAA Airframes and Power Plant license. 

Career Opportunities

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Market Demand for Aviation Cybersecurity

Those who earn a Master of Science in aviation cybersecurity pursue careers such as:

  • Assistant Vice President, Aviation Cybersecurity
  • Director, Aviation Cyber Operations
  • Assistant Vice President, Avionics and Cybersecurity
  • Managing Director, Aviation
  • Managing Director, Cybersecurity
  • Corporate Aviation Cybersecurity Officer
  • Aviation Industry Senior Cybersecurity Strategist
  • Aviation Cybersecurity Business Development Consultant

Degree Details


Generally, to apply to a graduate degree program, you should have completed a bachelor's degree or be completing a bachelor's degree prior to enrollment and should have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher.

Some master of science programs have additional technical competency requirements.

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 per credit charge for graduate courses:
    • Online or satellite campus (per credit) - $618, plus fees (information technology and other applicable fees)
    • Independent study (per credit) - $860, plus fees (information technology and other applicable fees)
  • The active duty military tuition rate is $350 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply) 
  • There is no charge for online application, $40 fee for paper application

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

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