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UMBC Cybersecurity Graduate Program

UMBC offers a variety of master’s degree and certificate options. Our cybersecurity graduate programs leverage a student’s experience toward a range of opportunities within the cybersecurity profession. UMBC's cybersecurity programs are designed to prepare computer science, information systems, and other experienced professionals to fill management and leadership roles in cybersecurity and cyber operations.

Why Cybersecurity?

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. As a result, nations and international organizations are developing new operational doctrines, advanced cyberwarfare capabilities, cybersecurity enhancements and the necessary domain-focused human capital needed to achieve or maintain their interests 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 Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE) as well as a Center of Academic Excellence in 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 at The Universities at Shady Grove is conveniently located in Rockville, MD, near I-270. The location is convenient to a host of federal agencies and government contractors in Montgomery County and the Washington D.C.-area that need cyber-related research, education, and training.

For a quick program reference, download the Program Guide.