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UMBC's graduate cybersecurity programs leverage a student’s professional experience toward a range of opportunities within the cybersecurity field. Taught in-person, the program prepares computer science, information systems, and other experienced professionals to fill management, analytical, investigative, and/or technical leadership roles in the cybersecurity and cyber operations fields.  UMBC's cybersecurity graduate programs are offered in Catonsville (UMBC campus) and in Rockville (UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove).

Cybersecurity has emerged as a critical domain of global competition that reaches across the social, economic, political and military realms of influence. The infusion of the Internet and its related networked technologies into nearly every aspect of society, business, and government presents a target of opportunity for adversaries seeking to disrupt modern society. As a result, nations and international organizations are developing new operational doctrines, advanced cyberwarfare capabilities, and criminal tactics that threaten our information resources.  Therefore, IT, cybersecurity, and cyber operations professionals must develop the requisite knowledge of these concerns in leading teams that implement or conduct effective operations in cyberspace.

UMBC is uniquely positioned to provide education and training that respond to the state’s need for qualified technical professionals in the cybersecurity field:

  • For six years running (2009-2014), UMBC was ranked #1 in the U.S. News and World Report's list of "national up-and-coming" universities.
  • UMBC is certified as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education (CAE-IA/CD) as well as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) sponsored by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Students attending UMBC are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) and/or Federal CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS).
  • UMBC is conveniently located off of I-95 near the BWI Airport, approximately ten miles from Fort Meade (home of DISA, NSA, and the U.S. Cyber Command). UMBC is convenient to a host of federal agencies and government contractors that need cyber-related research, education, and training.

For a quick program reference, download the Program Guide.