Capitol College is a private, not-for-profit educational institution founded in 1927, and located in Laurel, Maryland. Their motto is “Educate. Innovate. Inspire.” The College is formerly known as both the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute, and the Capitol Institute of Technology. Capitol holds accreditation for its academic programs through The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business and Education. The College specializes in educational programs in engineering, information technology, business and computer science.
Capitol College has grown slowly and methodically over the years, adding to its degree programs over time. In 1989 they added a curiculum in electrical engineering and communications, and in 1990 they developed a graduate school. Their first Master’s Degree was in Systems Management. In the 1990’s, Capitol College launched a program with NASA to offer summer preparatory courses for minority students who wish to pursue engineering degrees. Currently the campus has a NASA Space Operations Institute located on their campus. They developed a Distance Learning Center and have seen a constant and consistent increase in online enrollment. Online Master’s degrees are available, and undergraduates may take specific courses through distance learning operations.
Capitol College offers six Master Degree Programs, and all of them can be pursued as distance learning degrees. Students can obtain a general Master of Business Degree, or five different Master of Science concentrations in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Assurance, Information and Telecomunications Systems Management, and Internet Engineering. Capitol has a Doctorate of Science in Information Assurance, which is only offered on campus in the classroom. Distance learning at Capitol is a combination of weekday evening and Saturday live broadcasts of classrooms, and recorded materials that students can learn from at their scheduling convenience. Students are in frequent email contact with their professors, and participate in discussion forums with other virtual classmates. Online classes are kept small, at twenty students, so that personal attention and quality of education is ensured.
Undergraduates can pursue specialized certificates in the following areas of study: Computer and Network Security, Financial Management, Object-Oriented Programming, Operations Management, Personnel Management, Programming and Data Management, Software Engineering, Space Missions and Operations Specialists, Web Programming and Website Development. Some of the Associate Degree tracks are Computer Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology. There are no Bachelor of Arts programs, but students can obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in the following areas: Astronautical Engineering, Business Administration, Computer Engineering, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Assurace, Management of Information Technology, Software and Internet Applications, as well as other degree specializations and programs. Graduate certificate options pertain to the information and technology field with options such as Security Management, Network Protection, Client-Server and Wireless Devices, Global Telecommunications Systems, and many others.
Part time tuition is estimated at $638 per unit of study, and full time tuition is $9,945 per semester. Independent study and online courses are the same cost as on campus tuition and fees. Loans, grants, and scholarships are available through the College’s Financial Aid Office.