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DIT - Information Assurance and Security

Capella University's Doctor of Information Technology with a specialization in Information Assurance and Security program is designed to address advanced topics in network security, risk assessment, and quality control. Read on for more details about this online doctorate program.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Information Technology with a specialization in Information Assurance and Security

School Offering Program:

Capella University

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Program Prerequisites:

Those seeking to enter this DIT program should have completed a master's degree program in information technology or a similar area and possess a strong eye for detail as well as above-average communication and critical thinking skills. Applicants to Capella University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Doctor of Information Technology with a specialization in Information Assurance and Security program at Capella University provides students with the opportunity to learn about managerial practices in assurance controls and compliance and develop an understanding of the role of information assurance and security in decision-making processes. In specialization courses, students will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of network security and system and application security through the evaluation of current research; risk modeling and management; management processes in data protection; and compliance standards in company data protection. Core classes provide study in IT policy, governance, research, and leadership. Students also choose a seminar in IT consulting or education and complete a 3-part mentored residency and dissertation process resulting in data gathering, proposal preparation, and a publishable dissertation.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

82 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Information Technology with a specialization in Information Assurance and Security:

Students of this DIT program must complete 66 core credits and 16 specialization credits. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (66 credits)

  • Research and Practice in Information Technology
  • DIT Residency Track 1
  • Dissertation Mentor Courseroom
  • Research Foundations
  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Information Technology Leaders as Partners in Organizational Strategic Planning
  • Leading Information Technology Strategic Planning in Complex and Global Environments
  • DIT Residency Track 2
  • Guiding the Implementation of Information Technology Policies and Processes
  • Innovating Information Technology Life Cycle Management Processes in a Changing Environment
  • DIT Residency Track 3
  • Dissertation with Project Mentoring
  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Information Technology Consulting Practice Seminar
    • Teaching Practice Seminar in Information Technology Education

Information Assurance and Security Specialization Courses (16 credits)

  • Network Security Advances
  • Enterprise Security Risk Management
  • System and Application Security Advances
  • Assurance Controls and Compliance Management

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Once they are awarded the Doctor of Information Technology degree - Information Assurance and Security, graduates could explore opportunities at the highest levels of management in corporate IT, training, or technical consulting. They might oversee the design, implementation, and monitoring of data and network security applications and programs. Graduates might also consider teaching at the postsecondary level at public or private 2- or 4-year universities, technical schools, or in adult learning programs.

Specific career titles that graduates could qualify for include:

  • Director of cybersecurity
  • Director of information security
  • VP of information security
  • Chief information security officer
  • Information security consultant

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