Capitol Technology University


Four Levels of Computer Science Degrees at Capitol

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In Telecomm Hall, Capitol Technology University grants the 62-credit Computer and Cyber Operations Engineering AAS led by Dr. Garima Bajwa for introducing undergrads to digital infrastructure needs with League of Legends practice. Chaired by Dr. Nayef Abu-Ageel, the Computer Science BS boast 82 percent three-month job placement after a 120-credit plan of traditional courses like Java Programming at a 12:1 ratio. Available 50 percent online, the 120-credit Cyber and Information Security BS organized by Dr. William Butler utilizes the Digital Forensics Lab for CompTIA Security+ exam prep. The Mobile Computing BS has trained app developers for Honeywell, Microsoft, Apple, HSBC Bank, and others with a 121-credit curriculum headed by Dr. Hashem Mehdizadeh Tabrizi. Starting Summer 2018, the Computer Science MS provides 30 credits of asynchronous Canvas courses in Data Science and Software Engineering concentrations. Administered by Dr. Richard Baker, the 33-39 credit Cyber Analytics MS trains information scientists with median pay of $114,520 for safeguarding networks. The United States’ first Cybersecurity DSc advances scholars through a 66-credit, NSA-aligned sequence advised by Dr. Ian McAndrew with dissertation research. Other options are the Technical MBA, Technology Ph.D., and Web Development Certificate.

About Capitol Technology University

Capitol Technology University originated in 1927 when Armed Forces veteran and Marconi Gold Medal winner Eugene H. Rietzke opened the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute. In 1932, it started residential courses on Washington DC’s 16th Street NW near the White House for hands-on labs. In 1946, it earned one of the first accreditations from the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development. Renamed in 1964, the Capitol Institute of Technology was licensed for four-year BS degrees in 1966. Fully accredited in 1976, it acquired the present 52-acre Prince George’s County campus in Maryland seven years later. By 1997, Capitol digitalized the first Internet courses and added master’s degrees. Given NSA Center of Academic Excellence status in 2003, Capitol Technology University began the hybrid Cybersecurity DSc with three Laurel residencies in 2010. Endowed for $5.3 million, Capitol now teaches 843 students, including Computer Science BS majors. PayScale named Capitol Maryland’s fourth-best college with 88 percent STEM degrees. The “Military Friendly” school also ranked 69th for computer programming and 185th for computer engineering nationally on College Factual.

Capitol Technology University Accreditation Details

On November 17, 2016, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) received the Periodic Review Report from Capitol Technology University to keep Level VI accreditation current until 2021 under its eighth president, Dr. Bradford L. Sims, who received the ACE Institute for Chief Academic Officers Certificate. Located 125 miles up Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, this six-state Northeast Corridor accreditor is authorized by the U.S. Education Department to objectively review Capitol’s three associate, 18 bachelor’s, nine master’s, five doctoral, and 16 certificate options. Specifically, the Computational Systems Department has been approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) since October 2008. Capitol Technology University was reaffirmed by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) through December 2023 too.

Capitol Technology University Application Requirements

Starting at Capitol Technology University is classified “minimally difficult” by Peterson’s because 309 of the 384 Fall 2017 applicants were successful for 80.4 percent acceptance. Freshmen in non-engineering programs like the Computer Science BS need cumulative GPAs above 2.2 in high school preparation. Three years of Math plus two years each of Science and Social Science are requisite. Advanced Placement courses graded “3” or higher will transfer. At a minimum, first-years must score 800 on the SAT or 17 on the ACT Composite. Undergrads already holding 15+ credits graded “C” or greater are test-optional. Unaccredited credits are reviewed on a probationary status requiring 2.0 GPAs in students’ first Capitol semester. The Office of Admissions typically seeks post-grads exceeding 3.0 bachelor’s GPAs. The Computer Science MS has prerequisites in Object-Oriented Programming, Data Structures, and Calculus. Doctoral candidates for the Cybersecurity DSc need five years of industry experience atop a relevant STEM master’s degree. Passing the CISSP or CISM certification exam is also mandated.

Capitol Technology University generally has rolling admission accepting students every eight- or 16-week semester. However, international entrants meeting the 550 TOEFL pBT mark only apply until July 1st for Fall, November 1st for Spring, and April 1st for Summer. The Capitol Scholars Program has a deadline of March 1st. The Cybersecurity DSc also cuts off applicants on July 1st and October 1st yearly. Prospective students create MyCapitol accounts to file the free online application. Downloaded PDF copies mailed to 11301 Springfield Road in Laurel, MD 20708 incur $25 (or $40 if graduate) non-refundable fees. Testing agencies request code 5101 for score reports. Supplemental items include the official transcript, essay, résumé, three recommendation forms, computing certifications, Project Lead the Way form, and certification of finances. Attend a virtual info session, email, or call (800) 950-1992 for more.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2018-19, Capitol Technology University is billing full-time Computer Science BS majors $12,354 per semester or $24,708 annually. Part-time campus tuition costs $813 per credit. Undergrads pay the $120 activity fee, $360 technology fee, and $100 lab fee by term. Foreign students add a $750 semester fee. Living at the Laurel campus’ Residence Hall brings $8,928 for yearly room and board. Capitol budgets $1,300 for books and $3,200 for extra supplies. Annual bachelor’s attendance equals around $38,216 on-site and $29,608 if commuting. Online Cyber and Information Security BS courses charge $450 per credit. Active-duty military have online discounts to $250 per credit. Master’s tuition is currently $585 per credit, which means Computer Science MS cohorts spend $17,550 in total. Cybersecurity DSc candidates afford $867 per credit or $57,222 overall.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Financial Aid Office in McGowan Center gets 76 percent of Capitol students assistance averaging $12,799 yearly for $4.198 million combined. Institutional funds include the Richard J. Heiman Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Board of Trustees Scholarship, Gabriel A. Battista Scholarship, Frederick J. Berger Scholarship, Avrum Gudelsky Memorial Scholarship, Leonard Jarrell Memorial Scholarship, Patton Electronics Scholarship, Harvey & Susan Weiss Scholarship, and H. Brian Thompson Scholarship. The Capitol Scholars Program gifts full $24,708 awards for high-ability STEM majors with minimum 1100 SAT scores. The Blue Ribbon Program presents $1,500 to supplement veterans’ Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. State-based offerings like the Rawlings Educational Assistance Grant, Senatorial Scholarship, 2+2 Transfer Scholarship, and Charles W. Riley Scholarship help. Filing Federal FAFSA forms coded 001436 determines undergrad Pell and FSEOG Grant eligibility. Paid Federal Work-Study jobs, such as Homework Club tutor, last nine months per year. The deadline to pursue the National Security Agency Cooperative Program is October 31st.

Keep reading about Capitol Technology University at the Computational Systems Department website.

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