Enhanced Career Fields in Information Assurance

Cyberterrorism is perhaps the most critical threat to national security and the global economy today. The information assurance doctorate program at Capitol College is designed specifically to develop the leaders, innovators, and policy makers who will shape the strategies for defending critical data networks and infrastructures. The curriculum includes online instruction and weekend residencies; in addition, students take courses with a small cohort of classmates with diverse experiences and skill sets, which enriches the overall educational environment.

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The program is perfect for anyone who wants to work at NASA or in the space industry.

Why Capitol College?

CAE status. The NSA and DHS have designated Capitol College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education in all six CNSS domains, and at the advanced level where applicable. The eight required core courses are mapped to all six of the CNSS domains specified by the NSA and DHS. Capitol received its first designation in 2003 and gained recertification in 2006 against strengthened criteria and more rigorous standards.
Interactive classes. Capitol's online programs consist of actual classes, with students receiving a unique delivery - real-time, live streaming audio of the professor's instruction. Students can ask professors questions during the classes, and can discuss concepts with classmates by sharing a group chat. Watch this demonstration to get a feel for our interactive classes, and hear why current students enjoy taking online classes at Capitol. U.S. News and World Report also ranked Capitol College No. 43 nationally for its online, graduate engineering programs in the category “Student Services and Technology.”
Accelerated programs. Master's degree programs can be completed in 18 months. For busy working students, there are eight-week term and 16-week semester courses.

Master your future with a graduate degree from Capitol College.

Capitol College blends academic excellence with practical learning experiences that prepare students for a range of challenging and competitive careers. Graduate courses are eight weeks and are offered in six terms throughout the year. Prospective students can apply anytime and generally can begin taking courses at the beginning of the next term.

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About Capitol College

Educate. Innovate. Inspire.

Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to engineering, computer science, information technology and business.

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Capitol College is fully accredited and authorized by the state of Maryland Higher Education Commission to confer bachelor of science, master of science, and doctor of science degrees in the fields in which the college offers instruction. The college is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Certain degree programs are further accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, or International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

For complete information about the college's accreditation, please visit our website.


Thank you for your interest in Capitol College. Whether you’re thinking of entering into an expert-taught undergraduate program or enrolling in one our professionally-geared graduate programs, the college provides tremendous opportunity for you to achieve your educational and career goals.

Capitol College has a long tradition of providing high quality education. In keeping with this tradition, the School of Business and Information Sciences offers a supportive learning environment that provides students with outstanding academic opportunities at both the pre-professional and professional levels. Our competitive tuition and scholarship opportunities make Capitol College the best value in business education.

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Campus Life

Four years on Capitol's campus can be some of the best you'll ever experience. You'll make new friends that last a lifetime, all while enjoying some extra perks that few campus residents have at other colleges.

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Hear From Our Students

Capitol College is perfect for you! But don’t take our word for it. Find out why Capitol College was the perfect fit for these graduate students.

Capitol College in the News

New Technology Could Help Detect Explosive Devices

The term is “Improvised Explosive Device”— better known by the chilling acronym “IED”. It is a favorite tool of terrorists and has killed U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan. An IED was also used in the worst domestic terrorist attack in U.S. history in Oklahoma City at the Murrah Federal Building in 1995.

Warren Lerner is an Air Force combat veteran (Gulf War and Panama). When he decided to pursue his Doctor of Science degree at Capitol College in Laurel, Maryland, he had a thought. Can we predict – using artificial intelligence – how terrorists are thinking and thus figure out how an IED will be planted and where it will be placed?

It turns out the answer is yes.


A Role Model’s Journey From Peru to NASA

There are times in life when you’re privileged to meet some extraordinary people. Let me give you a few details about one such person and see if you agree.

She has two undergraduate degrees—one in systems engineering and another in astronautical engineering (AE) from Capitol College in Laurel, Maryland. After completing a master’s degree in AE from Capitol, she was hired as a systems engineer for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter at NASA.

Her achievements have made her a role model for women in her native Peru. If that wasn’t enough, she also has a black belt in karate. And she’s only 30 years old.


Cyber Competition: Bigger Than the Final Four?

While much of the country focuses its attention on college basketball and the Final Four, others were paying attention to another collegiate competition: The 2014 National CyberWatch Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (MACCDC) at Johns Hopkins.

It’s estimated that one million information security specialists are needed worldwide. To underscore that issue, the Department of Defense announced last week that it will triple its cybersecurity force to increase the country’s ability to defend itself from cyber attacks.

You can bet the Pentagon and others who are looking for information security expertise are paying attention to the cyber competition. One employer watching up close was Rick Hansen, an alum of Capitol College in Laurel, Maryland, who works for APS Global and also helps his alma mater’s team.


Cyber Security: A Fast-Growing Field for Crime, Education and Jobs

“It’s not a matter of if an agency will be hacked, but when.”

Those are the words of Kentucky State Auditor, Adam Edelen, who has endorsed legislation pushing for better cyber security in both state and local government.

Cyber security is an escalating concern for federal lawmakers, too.

Congress has just included $6.7 billion in cyber security protection in its 2014 full-year spending bill – a budget that is intended to better secure federal networks, fund monitoring systems and address the most severe cyber security problems.



- Lockheed Martin

- Northrop Grumman

- Motorola SAIC