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Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Specialization Doctor of Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Lead the Way in Information Security

As the business world becomes increasingly digitalized, threats to information assets are increasing exponentially. Skilled security and cybersecurity professionals are increasingly popular positions, and Capella’s online Doctor of Information Technology, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity degree will prepare you to become a leader in the fight to maintain information security. Build on your knowledge as you learn to analyze theories and develop solutions that inform and shape the practice of IT security, and become a vital player in the success of your organization.

At a Glance

  • Online and In Person
  • 12 Core Courses
  • 4 Specialization Courses
  • Dissertation
  • 3 Residencies

Classes Start October 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admission Requirements » | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Conduct Research

Perform scholarly research and critically analyze theories that shape the practice of information assurance and cybersecurity.

Fuse Research & Practice

Bring research and practice together, leading to new knowledge for better organizational performance.

Build New Defenses

Develop information assurance and cybersecurity methods against rogue activities.

Communicate Effectively

Become a communication, research, writing, and critical thinking expert in the IT field. 

Find the Right Solutions

Apply the right technological solutions to help IT and business interests align in strategic and tactical ways.

Lead Ethically

Be an ethical leader in organizations using information technology.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Professionally Affiliated

Our program is designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). 

Grow with Faculty & Peers

You’ll have one-on-one learning opportunities and residencies that provide credits toward your degree and a supportive peer community.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn from faculty who hold doctorate degrees and have real-world experience in their field of study. 

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$4,800 per quarter, 82 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Employer Reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees, even if there’s no formal program. Check with your manager or HR dept.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

The online DIT, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity curriculum focuses on doctoral research in system and application security, assurance controls and compliance, and security governance and management. 

Doctoral Research Seminar

Allows you to work extensively on your capstone topic, methodology, application to current theory, and overall project plan from the beginning of your program. 

Dissertation Mentors

During your dissertation, you’ll be matched with an experienced mentor who will help you stay on track to completing your degree.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
DIT8212 Leading Information Technology Strategic Planning in Complex and Global Environments
TS8531 Network Security Advances
TS8533 Enterprise Security Risk Management
TS8535 System and Application Security Advances
TS8537 Assurance Controls and Compliance Management

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Relevant Blog Posts

Information Security Career Central

A Capella-powered blog dedicated to information security trends, news, career information, and more.

7 Must-Read Blogs for Information Security Professionals

Keep on top of the latest infosec news with these 7 blogs.

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online doctoral degree in information assurance and cybersecurity.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Adjunct, part-time, or full-time faculty
  • Chief information security officer (CISO)
  • VP of information security
  • Information security consultant
  • Director of information security
  • Director of cyber security
  • Chief information officer (CIO)
  • Chief technology officer (CTO)
  • Vice president of information technology
  • Director of information technology
  • IT strategy and management consultant
  • Senior information technology auditor

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Corporation
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Consulting firm
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Military

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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