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Admissions: International Students

The following information is provided for international applicants interested in applying to the Masters of Professional Studies in Cybersecurity. International applicants should read the information provided carefully prior to applying. 

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Mathematics, or a related field (Applicants with professional experience in the IT or Cybersecurity fields are strongly encouraged to apply.)
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale, or equivalent, is desired. Applicants with grades on a scale other than 4.0, will be evaluated based on standards for the country of their degree.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores with a minimum combined score of 306. Verbal Reasoning should be at least 153 and Analytical Writing at least 4.5. GRE scores are not required if your undergraduate degree was completed at an accredited U.S. university.
  • TOEFL Scores: Minimum scores: 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 management position in the U.S.)  OR  IELTS Score: Minimum score of 7.5 required

*If you have a three-year degree versus a four-year degree your transcript will be reviewed to determine whether you have met the necessary pre-requisites for the program. Eligibility for admission can only be determined upon receipt of a complete application.

Application Process

All international applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to allow sufficient time to receive all the necessary documents and to process and assess the application.

International applications are accepted for the fall and spring semester.

We encourage all international applicants to send in their documents at least six months prior to the start of the fall semester applying to.

How to Apply:

  • Apply online
    • Select proposed program Cybersecurity >> Cybersecurity  MPS
    • Submit your statement of goals as an attachment in the “Academic Goals and Research Interests” section
    • Insert names of references into “References” section (Note: we only require two. Put N/A in third line)
    • Submit resume as an attachment (optional; put N/A if not submitting)
    • Complete residency information to be reviewed for in-state tuition rates
  • Request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions to be sent to UMBC Graduate School, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 or emailed to
  • Request for test scores to be sent by ETS to UMBC (code 5835)

Your application packet should include the following documents:

  • Completed application including residency form (Residency form determines tuition classification
  • Resume
  • Statement of academic goals
  • Two letters of recommendation (if you choose to forego the online option, please see the paper form here)
  • Official transcript(s) from each college & university attended
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores & GRE Scores
    • Please note: All international students are required to submit Graduate Record and TOEFL scores unless you attended a university in a English-speaking country or hold an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution.
  • Application fee ($50 online)
    • If paying by check, the check must be drawn on a bank with a U.S. location. The check should be payable to UMBC.

Obtaining Immigration Documents

If you intend to apply for an F-1 visa and require an I-20 from UMBC, please include the following additional documents with your application.

  • Copy of valid passport
  • Certified bank statement or bank verification letter from financial sponsor showing a minimum of $29,000 (USD) in available funds.
  • Letter from financial sponsor stating they will be responsible for all living expenses and school-related expenses for the duration of your stay at UMBC.

Send these documents after receipt admission acceptance. Note: I-20 is processed after formal acceptance into the program.

All immigration related questions should be addressed to International Education Services by phone at (410) 455-2624 or by e-mail,

Financial Aid/Tuition/Assistantships

Presently, the program is not offering any financial aid or graduate assistantships.
If you require further assistance, please contact Ashley Waters or call (301) 738-6081.