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Information Assurance Concentration

UMBC’s Center for Information Security and Assurance (CISA) offers a concentration in Information Assurance for undergraduate (and graduate) students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Mathematics, and Physics. 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 undergraduate concentration in Information Assurance may be fulfilled through courses at both the undergraduate and the graduate level.


Accelerated BS/MPS Program Option

UMBC Computer Science undergraduate students have the option of applying to the BS/MPS program in their junior or senior year and may take up to nine graduate credits that can be applied to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students benefit by shortening the time to degree completion, experience the cost savings of taking graduate courses at undergraduate tuition rates, experience flexible learning options (some courses taught in evening or in hybrid format) and gain practical knowledge and skills. More information, forms, and details can be found at the Graduate Cybersecurity Program website.