Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy

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 cybersecurity policy program examines strategies for societal responses to cybersecurity threats at enterprise, national and global levels. The roles of government, interorganizational alliances, and international cooperatives are explored, as well as legal concepts such as privacy, intellectual property, and civil liberties.

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

Articulation Agreement

Students who complete their undergraduate degree in Cybersecurity (or former Information Assurance) and pursue the MS in cybersecurity or cybersecurity policy can reduce the total coursework for the graduate degree by up to 18 credits (3 courses) and complete of both degrees with a total of 150 credits or less of coursework. More information is available in the Articulation Agreement.

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 635 National Cybersecurity Policy and Law (6)
  • CSEC 645 Enterprise Cybersecurity Policy (6)
  • CSEC 655 Global Cybersecurity (6)
Required Capstone Course

CSEC 670 Cybersecurity Capstone (6)

Total credits for the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy (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 concurently.

Recommendation

Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take COMM 600 Academic Writing for Graduate Students. The Cybersecurity curriculum makes extensive use of online multimedia learning objects and interactive exercises. Thus, the minimum recommended Internet connection speed is 512kb/second.

Program Options

Students may pursue a dual degree option that combines the MS in Cybersecurity Policy with the Master of Business Administration (MBA) or with the Master of Science in Information Technology (the MS in Information Technology must be completed first). Related programs include the MS in Cybersecurity and the MS in Information Technology with a specialization in information assurance, both of which may be earned as part of a dual degree program with the MBA. Students may also earn a certificate in Information Assurance.

Career Paths

  • Cyber policy analyst
  • Cyber intelligence analyst
  • Federal, state, and local government manager
  • Legislative aide

Partnership

An articulation agreement between UMUC's undergraduate and graduate schools allows eligible students who complete their undergraduate degree at UMUC with a major in cybersecurity to reduce their total coursework for the MS in cybersecurity or cybersecurity policy by 18 credits (three courses). More information is available in the graduate catalog.

Admission Requirements

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

Dual Degree Options

Enhance your credentials! The MS in Cybersecurity Policy is available as part of a dual degree with the following program:

Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy / Master of Business Administration

Students must complete all requirements for the first degree before beginning the second degree. Degree is available both ways.

Required Courses

UCSP 615 Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study.

  • DMBA 610 Ethical Leadership in Organizations and Society (6)
  • DMBA 620 Effective Financial and Operational Decision Making (6)
  • DMBA 630 Marketing and Strategy Management in the Global Marketplace (6)

Master of Science in Information Technology / Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy

This dual degree is one-directional. Students must complete all requirements for the MS in Information Technology before starting the MS in Cybersecurity Policy program.

MS in Information Technology—Information Assurance Specialization

Required Courses
  • CSEC 635 National Cybersecurity Policy and Law (6)
  • CSEC 645 Enterprise Cybersecurity Policy (6)
  • CSEC 655 Global Cybersecurity (6)

MS in Information Technology—All Other Specializations

Required Courses
  • CSEC 610 Cyberspace and Cybersecurity (6)
  • CSEC 635 National Cybersecurity Policy and Law (6)
  • CSEC 645 Enterprise Cybersecurity Policy (6)

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With just a few additional courses, you can enhance the power of your MS in Cybersecurity Policy by pursuing a second degree in the following areas:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Information Technology

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