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Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Stay Ahead of Trends in IT

The 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study by Frost & Sullivan suggests that the cybersecurity workforce gap is on pace to hit 1.8 million by 2022, a 20% increase from 2015 forecasts.

Our online PhD in Information Technology, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity can help you advance, with coursework designed to challenge you and focus what you learn on your goal: completing a dissertation that advances information security as a whole.

At a Glance

  • 11 Core courses
  • 5 Specialization courses
  • 3 Residencies
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation
  • 90 Total quarter credits

Classes Start January 13th

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.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo Fall19)

PhD in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Program Highlights

Roadmap to Dissertation Success

Three doctoral residencies provide the time, resources, and hands-on experience to help expedite completion of your dissertation.

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.

Alumni Outcomes

Our doctoral alumni teach at industry leading organizations/universities.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Working with our scholar-practitioner faculty can help you get ahead as you reach for your professional and personal goals. All doctoral IT faculty members have real-world experience in their field of study.

Option to Maximize Quarterly Tuition

By maximizing your courseload, you may be able to save time and money. Eligible students pay a $5,000 flat-rate tuition if they take six or more credits.

Support for Military Students

Capella is a Yellow Ribbon Organization and was designated as a 2016 Military-Friendly School.

Our unique doctoral structure

Our PhD in Information Technology, Information Assurance, and Cybersecurity program is designed to remove roadblocks for you and demystify the dissertation process. This unique approach centers on supporting you in three ways: through program structure, a dedicated faculty and support team, and online resources. To help generate momentum toward graduation, you’ll begin your dissertation early in the program. Our faculty, support team, and online resources will help guide you every step of the way.

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. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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
$965 per credit $5K Quarterly Tuition Max, 90 total quarter credits, No transfer credits available

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.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Employer & association discounts

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

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

PhD in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Sample Courses

Your PhD in Information Technology, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity coursework provides opportunities for advanced skill development and doctoral research in areas such as information confidentiality, compliance, and risk management. The program includes dissertation research seminars, which allow you to get an early start on your dissertation.

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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

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Discover your path to becoming a leader in cybersecurity and information assurance.

  • Develop theories associated with creating new applications that can improve information assurance and cybersecurity practice.
  • Evaluate technical and management approaches to find solutions to information technology issues.
  • Formulate new theoretical constructs to advance knowledge in IT.
  • Conduct scholarly research, communicate effectively, and develop professional skills in a chosen field or discipline.
  • Apply strategies that integrate best practices and tools in the field of information assurance and cybersecurity.

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Move forward in your career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our PhD in Information Technology, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty of information technology courses
  • Full-time faculty of information technology courses
  • Information security consultant
  • VP of information security
  • Information security manager
  • Information security executive

Employment settings to explore

  • Healthcare
  • Global/technology firm
  • Corporation
  • IT consulting firm
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Insurance firm
  • Banking/finance

*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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