Master’s in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity
UMBC’s graduate program in Cybersecurity offers a Master’s in Professional Studies (M.P.S) in Cybersecurity for working professionals who wish to broaden their understanding of both the technical and managerial aspects of the field. Students will be able to customize their degree to best fit their career needs. The 30-credit M.P.S. program can be completed within 2-3 years and classes are offered primarily in a classroom format. Students may enroll in the M.P.S. program either at UMBC’s Main Campus just south of Baltimore, MD or at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) campus in Montgomery County, MD.
Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy (12 credits)
UMBC’s graduate program in Cybersecurity offers a certificate in Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy for students from a range of educational backgrounds who are interested in developing the skills to serve in leadership-roles throughout the Cybersecurity industry. The 12-credit certificate program can be completed in one year, and all four courses can be applied toward UMBC’s Master’s in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity degree.
Certificate in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity Operations (12 credits)
This four-course post-baccalaureate certificate is oriented towards students seeking broad exposure to cybersecurity principles, best practices, and technologies, and can be completed in a year. This certificate includes three required cybersecurity courses and one student-selected exploratory elective on a cybersecurity topic of interest or professional relevance. The 12-credit certificate program can be completed in one year, and all four courses can be applied toward UMBC’s Master’s in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity degree.
Information Assurance Concentration
UMBC’s Center for Information Security and Assurance offers a concentration in Information Assurance for graduate (and undergraduate) students pursuing a M.S., M.P.S., M.P.P., or Ph.D. degree in Cybersecurity, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Systems, Mathematics, Physics, or Public Policy. In addition to their regular degree requirements, students pursuing this concentration must take four approved core courses in areas like Computer Security, Computer Forensics, and Network Security.
Upon completion of these four courses and the usual degree requirements, the Dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology will write a letter of recognition that the student has completed the requirements of a track of study in Information Assurance at UMBC. Typically, the four information assurance courses will count towards the usual degree requirements. The graduate concentration in Information Assurance must be fulfilled through courses at the graduate level (at most one of the four courses may be at the undergraduate level).