Earlier this week I heard an advertisement on Federal News Radio for the DSc in Information Security at Capital College. The website looked interesting, so I attended a virtual open house they held tonight.
Frequent readers may be aware that a Doctorate is one itch that just won’t go away. I’ve looked at a few programs since getting my Masters degree. The main issues I’ve seen with other programs are 1) infosec is a bolt-on to a IS/CS degree 2) feeling that the student is just another cog or 3)lack of accreditation. Those concerns were immediately alleviated with Capitol.
I checked the Department of Education’s website for searching University Accreditation. Capitol is accredited by the correct bodies. This is a big deal. It’s what gives value to degree. Without it, you might as well be spending your time and money on a diploma mill. Of course the second part of that is how the degree is seen in the community. It will be my terminal degree, so I want it to be a name of which I can be proud.
What is a DSc?
A DSc stands for Doctor of Science. Most people are familiar the PhD, which stands for Doctor of Philosophy. As I understand it the DSc tends to be a bit more practically focuses. Both degrees are research degrees.
Why would you want a Doctorate?
Many people get it because they want to teach at the University level. Others like me live in the DC area where everyone is degreed out the ying yang. I suspect many pursue it to avoid all human contact. Why climb Everest? The challenge, the success, the experience. Creating something unique and potentially solving problems. I am still in the exploratory phase right now.
Looks like the program typically runs 21 credits per year. (Two semesters with two classes and a third semester that has two classes plus a three credit “residence seminar”). That is one class more than what work will reimburse. Not the end of the world.
Capitol uses Blackboard which I’ve used before, and a presentation software that I’m not familiar with (a webex for schools sort of thing). Classes are largely synchronous. It sounds like professors may use asynchronous instruction as they feel it appropriate. I like asynchronous a lot better myself. Racing home to watch a class on the computer monitor is just as bad as racing to GMU to sit in a class.
This looks like an interesting program. I’m not yet convinced that a DSc is for me, but I’ll be thinking about it the next couple of months.