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Post-Baccalaureate Professional Certificate in Cybersecurity

UMBC's four-course post-baccalaureate certificates in Cybersecurity can be completed in a year. Cybersecurity certificates are available to students with a variety of undergraduate or work backgrounds. Students may choose to take a certificate by itself, or they may take a certificate and then later apply their coursework to our Cybersecurity master's degree program. If a student is accepted into the M.P.S.: Cybersecurity program, all four certificate courses count toward that degree.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity Strategy & Policy (12 credits)

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity Strategy & 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.

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Cybersecurity Strategy & Policy Certificate Program Learning Outcomes

By the end of this cybersecurity certificate program, students will be able to:

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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity Operations (12 credits)

This four-course post-baccalaureate certificate is oriented towards students seeking broad exposure to cybersecurity principles, best practices, and technologies. The program is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals and can be completed in just one year of full-time study. This certificate includes three required cybersecurity courses and one student-selected exploratory elective on a cybersecurity topic of interest or professional relevance. Courses are designed to help students become competitive candidates for in-demand Cybersecurity jobs in a wide range of sectors.

Required Cybersecurity Courses
Gainful Employment

Our cybersecurity certificate academic programs are a participant in the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment program.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Professional Studies: Digital Forensics (12 credits)

The Digital Forensics certificate program is intended for early and mid-career IT 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.

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