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Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Find Yourself Ahead of the IT Trends

No matter where your IT career is headed—consulting, researching, or educating—IT innovation is an important part of our world today. Capella’s online PhD in Information Technology, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity degree can teach you how to conduct scholarly research, communicate effectively, and develop professional skills in an IT discipline of your choosing. In your studies, you’ll dive into advanced research, scholarly writing, and information security skills, and culminate your learnings in a dissertation that advances information security as a whole.   

What to Expect

  • 14 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • 3 Residencies
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation

Classes Start July 9th

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

Apply Theory to Practice

Develop theories that help create new applications for improving information assurance and cybersecurity practice.  

Gain Management Expertise

Evaluate technical and management approaches and think critically to find solutions to information technology issues.  

Employ Ethical Leadership

Apply strategies that integrate best practices and tools in the field of information assurance and cybersecurity.

Advance IAC Capabilities

Formulate new theoretical constructs to advance knowledge for the information technology field.  

Grow as a Scholar-Practitioner

Conduct scholarly research, communicate effectively, and develop professional skills in a chosen field or discipline.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

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

Maximize Your Courseload

By maximizing your courseload, you may be able to save time and money. Students pay a $5,000 flat-rate taking six or more credits.

We Support Our Military Learners

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

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
$953 per credit $5K Quarterly Tuition Max, 90 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.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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. 

15% Military Discount

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

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer & Association Discounts

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

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

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.  

Dissertation Research Seminar

Allows you to work extensively on your dissertation topic, methodology, literature review, and research 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.


Enhance the skills you develop in your program coursework through these intensive, onsite experiences with students and faculty.  

Some of the courses you will take:

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

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.


Powerful databases and resources relevant to your field—and dedicated, experienced librarians to help you do the research. 

Writing Support

These skilled communicators offer free tutoring services and multiple resources to sharpen your writing skills.

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. 

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

Information Security Career Central

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

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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 member
  • Full-time faculty member
  • Information security manager
  • Information security executive
  • Information security consultant
  • Vice president of information security

Related Employment Settings to Explore

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

*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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