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Admissions: Graduate Certificate


Admissions Requirements

There are no specific constraints on the type of undergraduate degree required for this certificate.  In general, applicants should understand the basic concepts and operation of the Internet, networked information systems, and have a basic familiarity with information security concepts and/or practices.  These general requirements usually can be satisfied with one or more courses in related areas or through documented professional experience.  Those with a background in computer science or information systems - or those with significant professional experience in the IT industry -- are encouraged to apply.

  • GRE scores are not required for admission
  • Applicants should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (Applicants with an appropriate level of knowledge and professional experience in the IT or cybersecurity fields are strongly encouraged to apply.)
  • Resume
  • Statement outlining the student's goals and expectations in the program. This is an opportunity for applicants to further explain their background and qualifications for the program and provide any additional information about themselves or their career experience that they feel will benefit the evaluation of their application.
  • Unoffical transcripts are required.
  • International students who earned a degree outside of the U.S. are required to submit GRE scores and TOEFL scores.
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores requirements: Minimum combined score of 1230. Verbal Reason should be at least 500 and Analytical Writing at least 4.5.
    • TOEFL score requirements: 597 (Written), 247 (computerized), 99 (iBT). Scores must be less than 2 years old.
    • iBT Score Breakdown: Writing (23), Listening (23), Reading (25), Speaking (28, 23 acceptable if have 2 years' work experience in supervisory or managment position in the U.S.
    • IELTS Score:  Minimum score of 7.5 required

Now accepting Fall 2015 applications
Fall semester begins: August 26, 2015


Application Process

Applications for the Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy Graduate Certificate are accepted for the Fall & Spring Semesters. To apply, complete a UMBC Graduate Application for Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs and use: Cybersecurity Certificate - PSCB

Apply online or by mail:

The following information is required to process your application:

  • Completed application including residency form (determines in-state tuition eligibility)
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Unoffical transcript(s) from each college university attended
  • Application fee ($50 online / $70 paper)

Mailing Instructions

All application documents should be mailed to:

UMBC Graduate School, Certificate in Cybersecurity
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

If you require further assistance, please contact Lisa Gambino or call 410-455-3034