Capella University's online PhD in Information Assurance program is designed to advance your information-security expertise in a way that fits your career. This program provides opportunities for advanced skill development and doctoral research in such topics as information confidentiality, integrity, governance, compliance, and risk management.
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.
By maximizing your courseload each quarter, you can save time and money. Students pay a $5,000 flat-rate tuition maximum when taking six or more credits, or $925 per credit when taking up to five credits.
Capella offers a flexible and personalized online learning experience which allows you to take the most direct path to your goals. Designed for busy, working professionals, classes are anywhere, and at any time.
Capella’s programs are professionally aligned and many are accredited. Moreover, Capella’s collaboration with The Wall Street Journal enhances your academic experience, while also giving you a competitive edge in your career.
The Building Blocks of Your PhD
In your PhD in Information Assurance and Security program, you will begin work on your dissertation immediately. Our curriculum begins with programs of research to help you determine your topic and incorporates credit-bearing dissertation research seminars with assistance blended into coursework. Expert faculty, research methodologists, and advisors provide the right assistance at the right time, when you need it. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you seamlessly through your program and to your goal of a PhD.
View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, dissertation research seminars, comprehensive exams, and dissertation all fit together.
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.
In honor of your commitment and service to our country, Capella offers valuable military benefits.
- Flexible leave-of-absence policy to accommodate the unique challenges of your or your spouse's duty obligations.
- Unlimited, full participation in the VA Yellow Ribbon program, which covers Capella tuition for eligible service members and veterans.
- 10-15% tuition discounts for service members and veterans. Capella is proud to also extend this discount to the spouses and dependents of active duty service members.
With your PhD in Information Assurance and Security from Capella, you'll learn to create new applications for improving practice, think critically about information technology problems and solutions, and formulate new theoretical constructs to advance knowledge in the area of information technology. Additionally, you'll know how to conduct scholarly research, communicate effectively, and develop professional skills in a chosen field or discipline. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.
View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at CapellaResults.com.
Common jobs with an online PhD in Information Assurance and Security include faculty member, information security manager, information security consultant or vice president of information security. Potential workplaces include: corporation, government agency, information technology consulting firm, health care organization, global technology firm, and land-based or online college or university.