Develop next-generation skills to anticipate and avoid cyber threats and prepare for rapid career growth with our nationally recognized cybersecurity degree program.

In University of Maryland University College's Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity management and policy program, you can prepare to become a leader in the protection of data. This innovative, world-class program uses a multidisciplinary approach—drawing from fields such as management, law, science, business, technology, and psychology—to provide you with the most current knowledge and skills for protecting critical cyber infrastructure and assets.

UMUC was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Source Our cybersecurity students frequently take first place in cyber competitions, and our graduates are often recruited by top firms and agencies they've met through the program.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Cybersecurity Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree

We've developed our cybersecurity policy and management degree in conjunction with top employers to be relevant to your career growth. Industry experts consult on emerging topics, our faculty lend their extensive field experience, and an advisory board of senior executives ensures that you'll train for the highest level of information assurance.

You'll also get plenty of opportunities to interact with employers through frequent guest speakers, recruitment activities, and networking events. You'll learn the techniques, policies, operational procedures, and technologies that secure and defend information systems in local and more broadly based domains.

Courses include ethics in information technology, security policy analysis, network security, practical applications in cybersecurity management, and emerging technologies.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Protect an organization's critical information and assets by ethically integrating cyber security best practices and risk management through enterprise
  • Integrate continuous monitoring and real-time security solutions with information collection, sharing, collaboration, and analysis capabilities to improve situational awareness and deployment of countermeasures in industry and government
  • Evaluate and assess the use of technology to support cyber security goals and objectives
  • Participate in forensic analysis of cyber incidents and assist in recovery of operations
  • Formulate, update, and communicate short- and long-term organizational cyber security strategies and policies

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Write various cyber security-related documents, including security policies, disaster recovery plans, and executive briefs
  • Analyze standards, best practices, and regulations in the cyber security field
  • Identify, investigate, and evaluate next-generation and newly emerging technologies that have the potential to support or improve cybersecurity and protect against threats

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams

Cybersecurity Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

  • CMIT 265
  • CMIT 320
  • IFSM 304
  • CSIA 310
  • CCJS 321
  • CSIA 350
  • CSIA 360
  • CSIA 413
  • CSIA 459
  • CMIT 425
  • CSIA 485

General Education Requirements

Research Course 

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 101 
  • WRTG 293 or other writing course 
  • COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 393

Arts and Humanities Courses 

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course 
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses 

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course 
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses 

  • BIOL 103 or other science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • NSCI 100 or other science lecture course

Math Course

  • MATH 106 or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course

Computing Courses

  • IFSM 201
    (related requirement; prerequisite to later course) 
  • CMIS 111 or another computing course appropriate to the academic major  

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.

  • You must complete a minimum of 120 credits
  • You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor
  • Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMUC:
    • 30 credits (normally the final 30)
    • Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
    • 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
  • At least 45 credits must be upper level and include
    • At least half of the credits required for the major
    • 3 credits in advanced writing
  • The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum
  • At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework

Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions counselor before selecting a double major.

Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMUC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions counselor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you develop skills to manage people and technologies required to protect information, information systems, and infrastructures including the nation's critical cyber infrastructures. It is ideal for students who want to leverage previous work experience to move into a team leader, supervisor, or management position within a corporate organization or government agency.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend some familiarity with information technology and strong writing skills. If you do not have previous professional experience, you may find it helpful to supplement coursework in this major with coursework in business administration and IT project management.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Cyber Padawans

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

The Cyber Padawans represent UMUC at various cybersecurity events and highly competitive tournaments nationwide. Being a member of the team allows students to develop their cybersecurity skills and to network with other students with similar interests.

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