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

As cyber criminals become increasingly sophisticated, the demand for professionals who can create, manage and protect critical systems continues to grow.

A master’s degree in cybersecurity provides the advanced, up-to-date knowledge needed to protect corporations and government agencies from today’s threats. In addition, this program prepares you for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam, a globally recognized certification in the field of IT security.

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 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.

Washington D.C.

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 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.


Course Format

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

Capitol Tech Opportunities

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).

Top Employers of Capitol Technology University's Graduates

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Career Opportunities


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.

  • Graduates with a cyber security master’s degree earn on average $120,000 to $150,000 per year

 MSCS graduates pursue careers as:

  • Computer Information Systems Security Officer (CISSO)
  • Security Manager
  • Chief Security Officer
  • Chief Scientist
  • Risk Assessor
  • Information Systems Security Officer
  • Cybersecurity Administrator
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Information Security Analyst

Degree Details


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 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.

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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