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Master’s in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity

UMBC 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

UMBC’s graduate certificate in Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy provides students the essential domain knowledge required to serve in decision-making roles throughout the cybersecurity industry. Students will learn how to analyze cybersecurity risks, develop appropriate protection & response options, and assess operational requirements for government, military, critical infrastructure, and commercial missions. Upon completing this cybersecurity certificate, students will possess advanced knowledge of the strategy, policy, and analytic aspects of cybersecurity, enabling them to fill critical roles in operational cybersecurity missions supporting both industrial and governmental entities. Students may enroll 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 Operations

UMBC’s graduate certificate in Cybersecurity Operations 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. Students may enroll 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: Digital Forensics

UMBC’s Digital Forensics graduate certificate program is intended for early and mid-career technology and law enforcement professionals who want to learn basic and advanced concepts and develop skills in the field of computer forensics. Students will understand the role of digital/computer forensics as a subspecialty of cybersecurity. Through firsthand experience using industry-standard forensic tools, techniques, and procedures in the digital forensic process, students will understand the incident-handling process, the special rules of evidence that apply to cybercrime investigations (i.e., chain of custody, search and seizure, forensic imaging), and the relevant state, federal, and/or regulatory frameworks governing such activities within different industry sectors (such as defense, healthcare, and financial services). The four-course, 12-credit certificate can be applied toward obtaining the MPS in Cybersecurity degree.  (Offered only in Catonsville).

MS and Ph.D. Cybersecurity Track

Within the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering department, the Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs offer a degree track in cybersecurity for graduate students.  In addition to their regular degree requirements, students pursuing this track must take additional courses in areas like computer security, forensics, network security, and malware analysis, among other approved courses at the graduate level). (Offered only in Catonsville).