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Earn a master’s degree in cybersecurity online, learn defensive and offensive approaches to stop malicious attacks

The M.S. in cybersecurity program prepares students for exciting mid-career and senior level positions managing the security and privacy of customer data and defense the nation’s critical infrastructure from cybercriminals and nation states alike.

The program will introduce students to advanced concepts of cybersecurity such as how to provide confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data. Students will learn how to design and manage a comprehensive cybersecurity program to address the threat and understand the legal aspects of cybersecurity. This program will also present students with a very technical hands-on labs involving malware analysis, vulnerability assessments and penetration testing, appropriate use of cryptography, incident handling, and vulnerability mitigation. The program’s Capstone course will challenge you to demonstrate your mastery of these concepts and technical skills into a final risk assessment exercise. 

Job Titles and Midrange Salaries: 

  • Cybersecurity Analyst - $95,000
  • Cybersecurity Consultant - $91,000
  • Penetration & Vulnerability Tester -$103,000
  • Cybersecurity Manager / Administrator - $105,000
  • Cybersecurity Engineer - $106,000
  • Cybersecurity Architect - $133,000

Top Certifications: 

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • SANS/GIAC Certification
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • CompTIA Security+

*Source: CyberSeek

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Why Capitol?

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Our comprehensive cybersecurity center

The Center for Cybersecurity Research and Analysis serves as the university hub for training, research, analysis, and programming in all things cybersecurity. Learn to defeat simulated cyberattacks, land an internship where you can put your skills to work and prepare for the workforce, publish a scholarly article addressing an existing challenge in the field, and much more. Students–both on-ground and online–faculty, alumni, and community partners alike are welcome.

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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. 

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Our understanding of what you need to know

Our master’s in cybersecurity (MSCS) program is mapped to National Security Agency’s cybersecurity defense knowledge units. This guarantees you’ll have the advanced coursework necessary for this ever-changing field, plus you’ll be prepared to take certification exams.

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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.

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Program is 100% Online

Our master’s in cybersecurity program 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.

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Course Format

All classes are taught online. All courses are offered in 8-week terms in an asynchronous format.

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Key Faculty

Dr. William Butler

Dr. William Butler

Chair, Cyber and Information Security, Director, Center for Cybersecurity Research and Analysis (CCRA)

Dr. 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).

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Dr. Ron Martin

Dr. Ron Martin

Professor of Practice: Critical Infrastructure, Industrial Control System Security, and Access and Identity Management

Through his consultancy, Dr. Ron Martin maintains professional relationships with a diverse mix of businesses. He served as a board of directors for-profit and non-profit organizations. Dr. Martin 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.

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Career Opportunities

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Market Demand for Cybersecurity

Get the advanced education needed to become a computer information security officer, security manager, chief security officer, chief scientist, risk assessor, information systems security officer, cybersecurity administrator, chief information officer, or information security analyst. 

Degree Details


Curriculum

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Cybersecurity students are expected to have a background in computer information systems, computer networking, telecommunications, information technology, network security, or computer science. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of servers, routers, hubs, switches, TCP-IP, etc. CCNS, Security+, SSCP, or CISSP certifications provide an excellent foundation for preparation, but are not required.


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

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


The National Security Agency and Department of Defense have designated Capitol Technology University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. We were honored to have a communications team from the NSA come to campus and produce this video explaining the benefits of our award-winning program.


The caliber of the people teaching at Capitol is phenomenal. They’re not just sitting in a college office; they’re in the field, they’re doing the work – and that’s what an educational system needs, especially in areas like information security, which are ever-evolving.>

-David Shifflett
US Army veteran, MSCIS

One thing I liked is that there were a lot of hands-on labs, as opposed to just writing papers. I found that, as a deliverable, to be much better given the technical nature of the subject matter.

-Andre McNicol
MSCIS, 2013


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