Capitol Technology University

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Coordinates: 39°02′51″N 76°51′05″W / 39.0475°N 76.8515°W / 39.0475; -76.8515

Capitol Technology University
Former names
Capitol Radio Engineering Institute (1927-1964),
Capitol Institute of Technology (1964-1987),
Capitol College (1987-2014)
Motto Aut viam inveniam aut faciam.
Motto in English
"Either find a way or make one."
Established 1927
Type Private, non-profit
Endowment $5.3 million [1]
Chairman Harvey Weiss[2]
President Dr. Michael T. Wood[3]
Vice-president Dr. W. "Vic" Maconachy,
Dr. Donna G. Thomas,
Jeffrey L. Williams,
Dianne Veenstra[3]
Dean Dr. Robert Weiler (School of Engineering and Computer Science),
Dr. Helen Barker (School of Business and Information Sciences)[4]
Academic staff
75 total,[4]
13 full-time[5]
Administrative staff
Students 843[6]
Undergraduates 441[6]
Postgraduates 402[6]
Location Laurel, Maryland, United States
Campus Suburban, 52 acres (21 ha)
Accreditation MSCHE,[6] ABET,[7] IACBE[8]
Colors      Red
Sports Intramural sports

Capitol Technology University (formerly Capitol College) is a private, non-profit, nonsectarian, regionally-accredited[6] university located just south of Laurel, Maryland, in unincorporated Prince George's County. It was founded in 1927 as the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute, changed its name to the Capitol Institute of Technology in 1964, changed its name to Capitol College in 1987, and assumed its current name in 2014. Capitol specializes in undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering, computer science, information technology, and business. Capitol's Carnegie Classification is Special Focus Institutions—Schools of Engineering.[9]


Capitol Technology University was originally founded in 1927 as the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute, a correspondence school, by Eugene H. Rietzke, a United States Navy veteran Radioman. Five years later, in 1932, a residence division was opened, allowing students to reside at the school and study in laboratories. This facility remained at the corner of 16th Street NW and Park Road in Washington, D.C. for 30 years. In 1946, following World War II, the Institute was accredited by the Engineers' Council for Professional Development (ECPD), which is now ABET, Inc.

In 1964, the Institute changed its name to the Capitol Institute of Technology to reflect its expansion during the 1950s. Shortly thereafter, in 1966, the District of Columbia licensed the Institute to award Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering technology. Anticipating the need for more space, the Institute decided to move to a leased facility in Kensington, Maryland in 1969, which opened in January 1970. Six years later, in 1976, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) awarded full accreditation to the Institute.[10]

After receiving regional accreditation, the Institute started to receive Federal and State grants for the purchase and construction of a new Laurel, Maryland campus, which was completed in September 1983. Over the next few years, new degree programs were introduced, the cooperative education program was expanded, new construction was well underway, and The Decade of Growth Campaign exceeded its $3.5 million goal. In 1986, Telecommunications Hall and the 340-seat Avrum Gudelsky Memorial Auditorium were completed.

A year later, The Board of Trustees approved an extensive five-point plan. This plan involved changing the school's name to Capitol College, developing new curricula in electrical engineering and telecommunications, creating student housing on campus, and moving from a quarter system to a semester system. In January 1989, six apartment-style residence halls were completed, named after various inventors: Bell, De Forest, Edison, Franklin, Morse, and Steinmetz. In August 1990, the Graduate School was created to offer the College's first Master's degrees in systems management, similar to a degree offered at the time by the U.S.C. Institute of Safety and Systems Management..

Over the following seven years, the College expanded its graduate degree offerings, partnered with NASA to offer preparatory summer courses in engineering for minority students, developed a Distance Learning Center, and opened the renovated Puente Library, also housing the McGowan Center for Innovative Teaching. In 1997, the College offered its first courses online over the Internet. Since then, new undergraduate and graduate programs have been introduced, the Space Operations Institute was established and expanded,[11] the McGowan Academic Center was constructed,[12] and enrollment has increased.

In 2003, Capitol was designated a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.[13]

In 2010, Capitol launched its first doctoral degree program. The Doctor of Science (Sc.D. or DSc) in information assurance is offered using a combination of live online and on-campus residency courses to students around the world, and is designed for professionals employed full-time that are seeking an education that will allow them to perform as senior leaders, program developers and policy makers in the IA field. Students attend three residencies at the Laurel campus throughout the program.[14] In 2014 Capitol Technology University began the process of changing the degree name to Doctor of Science in Cyber Security,[15] acknowledging the shift in terminology in the profession and usage in industry, the market, and government.

On January 12, 2012, U.S. News & World Report released its rankings of top online degree programs and Capitol was ranked No. 15 of top online engineering degree programs for student engagement and No. 43 for its graduate engineering program in the category "Student Services and Technology."

As of 2013, the College has been named as a "Military Friendly School" for the fifth consecutive year by G.I. Jobs Magazine.[16][17][18][19][20] The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.[21]

In 2014, the institution changed its name to Capitol Technology University.[22][23][24][25]




Lower Division[edit]
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Programming and Data Management
  • Web Programming
Upper Division[edit]
  • Acquisitions Management
  • Computer and Network Security
  • Project Management
  • Software Engineering
  • Space Missions and Operations Specialist
  • Website Development
No Longer Offered[edit]
  • Financial Management
  • Operations Management
  • Personnel Management


Associate's degrees[edit]
  • AAS in Computer Engineering Technology
  • AAS in Electronics Engineering Technology
  • AAS in Telecommunications Engineering Technology
Bachelor's degrees[edit]
  • BS in Astronautical Engineering
  • BS in Business Administration
  • BS in Computer Engineering
  • BS in Computer Engineering Technology
  • BS in Computer Science
  • BS in Electrical Engineering
  • BS in Electronics Engineering Technology
  • BS in Information Assurance
  • BS in Management of Information Technology
  • BS in Software Engineering
  • BS in Telecommunications Engineering Technology
  • BS in Web Development
No Longer Offered[edit]
  • BS in Software and Internet Applications



  • Client-Server and Wireless Devices
  • Component Technologies and Online Collaboration
  • Information Assurance Administration
  • Information Technology
  • Network Protection
  • Security Management
No Longer Offered[edit]
  • Global Telecommunications Systems


Master's Degrees[edit]
  • MS in Astronautical Engineering
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MS in Computer Science
  • MS in Electrical Engineering
  • MS in Cyber and Information Security
  • MS in Information and Telecommunications Systems Management
  • MS in Internet Engineering
Doctoral degrees[edit]
  • Doctor of Science (Sc.D. or DSc) in Information Assurance


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2012. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2012 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2011 to FY 2012" (PDF). 2012 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. 
  2. ^ "About Capitol, Board of Trustees". Capitol College. Retrieved September 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "About Capitol, Executive Council". Capitol College. Retrieved September 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Capitol College 2013-2014 Catalog". Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Capitol College 2013–2014 Student Handbook". Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Statement of Accreditation Status". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. June 23, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Accredited Programs: Capitol College". ABET. October 1, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Membership Status". IACBE. August 27, 2010. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Carnegie Classifications|Institution Profile". Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Middle States Commission on Higher Education: Institution Directory
  11. ^ Christina Coleman (October 4, 2010). "Goddard Partnership Creating Engineering Pipeline". NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  12. ^ "McGowan". Cambridge Architectural. 2010. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ "NSA Press Release". Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Information Assurance Degree Programs". Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Graduate Academics". Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "2014 Military Friendly Schools List". Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "2010 Military Friendly Schools". Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "GI Jobs 2011 Military Friendly Schools - Capitol College". Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "GI Jobs 2012 Military Friendly Schools - Capitol College". Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "2013 Military Friendly Schools List". Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Military Friendly Schools". Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "Capitol College becomes Capitol Technology University". Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  23. ^ "Capitol Technology University -". Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  24. ^ "Middle States Commission on Higher Education". Retrieved 1 October 2014. 

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