Master of Science (MS) in Critical Infrastructure
Earn a master's of science in critical infrastructure, meet the industry demand for expertise
From hospitals to nuclear plants, critical infrastructure is built to be strong and secure. In today’s internet-connected world, however, threats can be digital as well as physical. Organizations need to know how to protect their facilities against a host of potentially crippling cybersecurity threats – from denial of service attacks to worms that can shut down generators or cause equipment to malfunction.
The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Critical Infrastructure is a unique interdisciplinary program designed to meet the demand for highly skilled professionals to upgrade, secure and manage the nation’s Critical Infrastructure. The program addresses one of the greatest technical challenges of the 21st century – how to create a robust and sustainable infrastructure that is resilient against multiple threats and hazards as well as build operational, systems, and programmatic capabilities for detection, protection, prevention, mitigation and response. The program provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and training to become a professional and leader in this diverse field. The degree provides a firm foundation in Critical Infrastructure policy, risk management, operations, and mission planning. Students will understand each Critical Infrastructure sector and will apply the latest techniques, including cybersecurity technology, to devise plans and policy for protection and rapid response.
This program prepares students for real-world situations in a multitude of industries including:
- facilitating a national effort to strengthen and maintain critical infrastructure from cyber threats;
- ensuring that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policies and procedures enable critical infrastructure owners and operators to receive appropriate and timely cyber threat information;
- seeking industry sector-specific expertise to develop voluntary security and resiliency strategies and to ensure that the allocation of federal resources is cost effective and reduces burdens on critical infrastructure owners and operators;
- providing risk management assistance to entities and education to critical infrastructure owners and operators; and
- coordinating research and development strategies for cybersecurity and construction technologies
This degree opens doors to high-level leadership positions, including, but not limited to:
- Principal Advisor for Critical Infrastructure Protection - average base salary, $113,1571
- Director, Corporate Planning and Analysis - average base pay, $113,8851
- Intelligence Analyst – Critical Infrastructure Protection Security Researcher - average salary, $100,8252
- Security Consultant Trusted - average base pay, $81,2791
- Resilient Systems Director - $121,998 national average/$147,112 Washington, DC area average1
Proven academic excellence
When it comes to preparing students to meet internet-era security challenges, few schools are as well-equipped as Capitol. Since 2003, our cybersecurity programs have been recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
Our location is a magnet for top faculty
The Baltimore/Washington area has one of the largest concentrations of high-tech companies, defense contractors, and government agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Since many of our faculty are currently working in cybersecurity, you’re taught up-to-date strategies and best practices from the world’s top practitioners.
Program is 100% Online
Our master’s in critical infrastructure is offered 100% online. Once you are accepted, all you need is an Internet connection and you can attend class. We keep the classes small so you receive personalized attention from faculty who are interested in sharing their knowledge and helping you succeed.
Capitol Tech Opportunities
You’ll work with faculty mentors to develop a major research or critical infrastructure project that demonstrates your mastery of program curriculum and provides prospective employers with evidence of your knowledge and experience.
Center for Cybersecurity Research and Analysis (CCRA)
Enhancing the security of physical and cyber infrastructures across the nation requires ongoing training. This interdisciplinary center provides working professionals bachelor- and master-level certificates.
Program Director of the Construction Management and Critical Infrastructure Program
Gary Burke has an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BS in Building Science from Auburn University. He has extensive experience in business operations and management, commercial and residential construction, real estate and land development, residential and commercial property. Professor Burke has a passion for education and has mentored hundreds of students in the construction management field.
Dr. William Butler
Chair, Cyber and Information Security, Director, Center for Cybersecurity Research and Analysis (CCRA)
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).
Dr. Bradford L. Sims
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.
Adjunct Professor Critical Infrastructure, Industrial Control System Security, and Access and Identity Management
Through his consultancy, Ron has business relationships with a diverse mix of businesses. He served as a board of directors for-profit and non-profit organizations. Ron retired from the United States (U. S.) Army in 1999 and the U. S. Government in 2011. In between his tours of Federal Service, he served five years as a civilian police officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. During his Federal Service, he served with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services as the program director for the development and implementation of the department’s Identity, Credentialing and Access Management (ICAM) Program.
Market Demand for Critical Infrastructure
Those who earn a master of science in critical infrastructure pursue careers at:
- Principal Advisor for Critical Infrastructure Protection
- Director, Corporate Planning and Analysis
- Intelligence Analyst – Critical Infrastructure Protection
- Security Researcher
- Security Consultant Trusted & Resilient Systems Director
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 2020-2021 academic year, beginning in Fall 2020 and continuing through Summer 2021:
- The per credit charge for graduate courses:
- Online or satellite campus (per credit) - $630, plus fees (information technology and other applicable fees)
- Independent study (per credit) - $877, 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)
- The retired military tuition rate is $530 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
- There is no charge for online application, $40 fee for paper application
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