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With ever-increasing threats to information assets, skilled information security professionals are in high demand. Capella University's online Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) degree with an Information Assurance and Security specialization will prepare you to analyze theories and develop solutions that inform and shape the practice of Information Assurance and Security. Become a leader on the front lines in the struggle to maintain information security. 



Recognized for Quality

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.

This program provides opportunities for advanced skill development and doctoral research in such topics as

  • System and application security
  • Assurance controls and compliance
  • Security governance and management
  • Network and enterprise security risk management

Designed to be completed in less than three years, the Information Assurance and Security doctoral program offers a streamlined learning experience, allowing you to complete your coursework and dissertation at the same time.

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.

DIT or PhD? What's the Difference?

Everyone who obtains a doctoral degree from Capella is a scholar-practitioner—equipped with a deep understanding of foundational theory and how it applies directly to the current and future needs of their profession, as well as the skills and knowledge to research, teach, consult, and lead.

While a PhD prepares you to perform research or teach, a professional doctorate is geared more toward a professional career in a leadership position. A doctoral degree in IT can enhance your position as a leader in your industry.

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 and are proud to offer valuable military benefits.


Degree Outcomes

With a DIT in Information Assurance and Security from Capella, you’ll learn to analyze theories that inform and shape the practice of information assurance and security. More, you’ll develop skills in synthesizing research and practice that can lead to performance improvements in your industry. As you build your capacity for creating new information systems and security applications for improved defense against unauthorized access, this program will help you become an effective IT consultant or instructor in information assurance and security.

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 DIT in Information Assurance and Security include information security consultant, practitioner, education leader (professor, department head, dean, etc.), IS director, or executive positions within the C-Suite: CIO, CTO, or CISO.