Master of Science in Cybersecurity

This program is being taught in a new format starting in fall 2016, and we are no longer accepting applications for the earlier format of the program described below. Check out the program in its new format. Current students should contact their graduate advisor to go over their plan for completing the program requirements.

Our physical world is increasingly supported by a cyberspace infrastructure. This infrastructure enables new business models, enhances communications, makes our personal lives more convenient, and contributes to our national defense. The flip side of this increased reliance, however, is that we are vulnerable to threats to our cyberspace infrastructure. Network outages, data compromised by hackers, propagating viruses, and other incidents affect our lives in ways that range from inconvenient to life-threatening. The Master of Science in Cybersecurity provides practitioners with the framework and knowledge to protect an organization's cyber assets. The program focuses on prevention, detection, countering, and recovery from cyber incidents. Students learn about technical tools and organizational practices such as training, access control, evidence collection, and disaster recovery and business continuity planning.

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity is designed for midcareer professionals who wish to help meet the challenges posed by increasing cyber-threats. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the program is designed to provide students with a broad analytical framework for evaluating and solving cybersecurity problems.

Overall Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity requires the successful completion of 36 credits of coursework, including a 6-credit end-of-program capstone course.

Required Core Courses

UCSP 615* Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC   (0) (Must complete within first 6 credits of study.)

  • CSEC 610 Cyberspace and Cybersecurity (6)
  • CSEC 620 Human Aspects in Cybersecurity: Ethics, Legal Issues and Psychology (6)
  • CSEC 630 Prevention and Protection Strategies in Cybersecurity (6)
  • CSEC 640 Monitoring, Auditing, Intrusion Detection, Intrusion Prevention, and Penetration Testing (6)
  • CSEC 650 Cyber Crime Investigation and Digital Forensics (6)
Required Capstone Course

CSEC 670 Cybersecurity Capstone (6)

Total credits for the Master of Science in Cybersecurity (36)

Course Sequencing

All new students are required to take the noncredit course UCSP 615* Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC within their first 6 credits of study.

  1. Courses should be taken in order.
  2. CSEC 610 must be taken as the first course.
  3. Students must complete all other coursework before taking CSEC 670.
  4. Courses may not be taken concurrently.


The cybersecurity curriculum makes extensive use of online multimedia learning objects and interactive exercises. Thus, the minimum recommended Internet connection speed is 512kb/second.

This program relies heavily on fundamental information technology concepts. Students who want to refresh their knowledge or have little to no experience in computer hardware and software—including operating systems, networks, and how the Internet works—are strongly encouraged to take UCSP 625. Students have the option to take UCSP 625 before enrolling in CSEC 610 or along with CSEC 610.

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams

Career Paths

  • Chief security officer
  • Cybersecurity manager or administrator
  • Cybersecurity architect
  • Cybersecurity operations analyst
  • Cybersecurity engineer
  • Secure software assurance engineer
  • Cyber operations planner

Admission Requirements

UMUC does not require submission of GRE or GMAT scores for admission to graduate degree. For more information please visit Graduate Admissions Requirements.

Dual Degree Option

Master of Science in Cybersecurity/Master of Business Administration

If you began this program prior to fall 2016 and maintained continuous enrollment, you may be able to add the Master of Business Administration and earn a dual degree. You must complete all requirements for the first degree before beginning the MBA. Please contact an advisor at 855-655-UMUC (8682) to establish a plan for completing the dual degree.

* The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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