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Information Assurance and Security Specialization Doctor of Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Overview

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.

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.

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.

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 provides you with skills to perform advanced research or scholarly writing, a DIT focuses on the application of research skills to develop innovative solutions to IT problems. A doctoral degree in IT can enhance your position as a leader in your industry.

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.

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.

Detailed Program Information

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Classes Start Soon

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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 online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set 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
$4,720 per quarter, 82 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

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Sample Courses

Course Number Course Title
TS8531 Network Security Advances
TS8533 Enterprise Security Risk Management
TS8535 System and Application Security Advances
TS8537 Assurance Controls and Compliance Management
TS8539 Security Governance and Management

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

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

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Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

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Employer Reimbursements

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

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 holds 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.

Dissertation Mentors

During your dissertation, you’ll be matched with an experienced mentor who will help you to succeed. 

Ready for the Next Step?

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