Master's of Professional Studies: Cybersecurity
This ten-course Cybersecurity graduate program integrates both technical and non-technical courses in Cybersecurity to prepare Computer Science, Information Systems, and other professionals to fill management, analytical, investigative, operational, and/or technical leadership roles in the Cybersecurity profession. Students are encouraged to select electives based on their individual interests or professional requirements in the discipline. Our program is designed to equip students with the real-world skills that employers are looking for and can be tailored to your individual career goals.
Our Cybersecurity MPS program is well-established and is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals. To learn more about the difference between a traditional Master's degree and an MPS, please explore our article on the topic.
Master's Degree in Cybersecurity Program Requirements:
In order to gain a rigorous base of knowledge, students in the Master's in Cybersecurity program must complete 10 courses (30 credits). Students are encouraged to tailor their coursework to their interests and career goals. All students must complete 18 credits through our 6 required Cybersecurity courses listed below (18 credits). The remaining 12 credits can be completed by choosing 4 of our elective Cybersecurity courss.
Required Core Cybersecurity Courses (18 credits):
(Please note: Some required core courses may be substituted via transfer credits or alternative UMBC courses with approval from the Graduate Program Director)
- CYBR 620 Introduction to Cybersecurity*
- CYBR 623 Cybersecurity Law & Policy
- CYBR 624 Cybersecurity Project
- CYBR 650: Managing Cyber Operations
- CYBR 652: Enterprise Security
- CYBR 658: Risk Analysis and Compliance
*Prospective students who have earned the CISSP designation within the past 5 years may, if admitted, substitute another course for CYBR 620 "Introduction to Cybersecurity" in their first semester of the CYBR MPS program. Students should provide evidence of successful completion of the CISSP exam within that timeframe (such as a transcript or official documentation from the certifiying authority) to UMBC as part of their application.
Elective Cybersecurity Courses (12 credits):
Students may choose 4 of the below courses to fulfill the elective requirement, or may also work with the Cybersecurity Graduate Program Director to incorporate other relevant courses of interest.
- CYBR 621 Cyber Warfare
- CYBR 622 Global Cyber Capabilities and Trends
- CYBR 642 Introduction to Digital Forensics
- CYBR 644: Cyber Practitioner Development Lab
- CYBR 691: Special Topics in Cybersecurity
- CMPE 685 Principles of Communications Networks
- CMSC 644: Information Assurance
- CMSC 652: Cryptography and Data Security
- CMSC 687 Introduction to Network Security
- CMSC 691: Special Topics in Computer Science
- Other relevant graduate course(s) approved by the Cybersecurity Graduate Program Director, such as from Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, Health Information Technology (HIT) and Data Science, among others.
In order to map out your academic plan, please explore our Cybersecurity graduate program guide which includes information on relevant coursework, application information, and more. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch! We are here to help.
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