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Capella University's online PhD in Information Assurance program is designed to advance your information-security expertise in a way that fits your career. This program provides opportunities for advanced skill development and doctoral research in such topics as information confidentiality, integrity, governance, compliance, and risk management.

Capella University has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD) for academic years 2014-2021. 

Flexible: Capella offers a flexible and personalized online learning experience which allows you to take the most direct path to your goals. Designed for busy, working professionals, classes are anywhere, and at any time. Calculate My Costs & Graduation Date.  

Credible: Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. We are also nationally recognized.  Our academic offerings are professionally aligned and many are accredited.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD

Your PhD in Information Assurance program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, hybrid courseroom experiences that include online and in-person components (called residencies), comprehensive exams, and dissertation. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, residencies, comprehensive exams, and dissertation all fit together.

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

Military Benefits

At Capella, we are deeply grateful to our servicemen and women, veterans, and their families for their commitment and sacrifice. We’ve been recognized as a Yellow Ribbon Organization by the Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota’s governor for outstanding support of our military.


In honor of your commitment and service to our country, Capella offers valuable military benefits

  • Flexible leave-of-absence policy to accommodate the unique challenges of your or your spouse's duty obligations.
  • Unlimited, full participation in the VA Yellow Ribbon program, which covers Capella tuition for eligible service members and veterans. 
  • 10-15% tuition discounts for service members and veterans. Capella is proud to also extend this discount to the spouses and dependents of active duty service members.

Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in Information Assurance and Security from Capella, you'll learn to create new applications for improving practice, think critically about information technology problems and solutions, and formulate new theoretical constructs to advance knowledge in the area of information technology. Additionally, you'll know how to conduct scholarly research, communicate effectively, and develop professional skills in a chosen field or discipline. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online PhD in Information Assurance and Security include faculty member, information security manager, information security consultant or vice president of information security. Potential workplaces include: corporation, government agency, information technology consulting firm, health care organization, global technology firm, and land-based or online college or university.