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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

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Classes Start July 8th

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$50 application fee (waived w/promo SPRING)

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.

25 years of online doctoral experience

With over 25 years of experience in online doctoral education, we understand the unique needs of doctoral students, and have designed our programs to meet those needs. We've structured our programs to help you reach your goals and obtain critical skills—with our expert faculty, support teams, and online resources to help guide you every step of the way.

Program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

NSA/DHS designation

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.

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
$4,850 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

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Employer reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees. Ask your manager about options.

Accredited & recognized

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.

Professional doctorate 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.

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DIT8212
Leading Information Technology Strategic Planning in Complex and Global Environments

In this course, learners examine processes by which senior information technology leadership must evaluate different IT governance models from a global perspective, including decision models, management structures, business engagement processes, leadership theories, and risk assessment processes. Learners evaluate methods of performance measurement and control, and assess the relevance and effect of social responsibility issues and strategic partnering on IT strategic planning. For DIT learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
TS8531
Network Security Advances

This course presents advances in information assurance and the ways they help decision makers accurately gauge, estimate, and examine the impact of implementing various network security protection mechanisms. Learners evaluate emerging information security protection research and identify the potential advantages and disadvantages of protecting the security of the network. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
TS8533
Enterprise Security Risk Management

Learners in this course examine research in information security risk management. Learners review scholarly literature in the field as it relates to risk modeling, assessment, and management. Other course topics include outsourcing and the legal and technological changes that affect risk management. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
TS8535
System and Application Security Advances

This course presents advances in ensuring system and application security and the ways they help decision makers accurately gauge, estimate, and examine the impact of implementing various system and application security protection mechanisms. Learners evaluate emerging information security protection research and identify the potential advantages and disadvantages of protecting system and application security. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
TS8537
Assurance Controls and Compliance Management

This course provides an overview of the management processes and organizational controls needed to ensure data protection. Learners review federal, state, and other governmental and industry standards that companies must follow to be compliant in safeguarding data. Learners analyze the depth and breadth of compliance management research and investigate different approaches to data protection control and compliance. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

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 experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Faculty

Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Doctoral advising

Doctoral programs are specific and challenging. That’s why you’ll have access to expert support at every step along the road to your degree.

Career center

For this team, it's more than resumes 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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