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Master's Degrees in Cyber Security

UMUC's graduate cyber security programs provide rigorous coursework that integrates theories, concepts and hands-on experience.

Develop the leadership and technical skills needed to protect our nation's critical cyber assets with a master's degree in cyber security or digital forensics from UMUC.

Alan Carswell

A Message from Department Chair Alan Carswell, PhD

Cyber space underpins a large part of our lives every day. . . .Threats to cyber space are threats to the very fabric of our society. There is a vital need for cyber security professionals to protect our cyber space infrastructure and, hence, our society.

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Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Designed for mid-career professionals who wish to help meet the challenges posed by increasing cyber-threats, the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program uses a multi-disciplinary approach—drawing from fields such as management, law, science, business, technology and psychology—to provide students with the knowledge and skills to protect an organization’s cyber assets.

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The curriculum focuses on prevention, detection, countering and recovering from cyber incidents. Courses include human aspects in cyber security, prevention and protection strategies and cyber crime investigation and digital forensics.

Career Paths

  • Chief security officer
  • Cyber security manager or administrator
  • Cyber security architect
  • Cyber security operations analyst
  • Cyber security engineer
  • Secure software assurance engineer
  • More career paths

Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy examines strategies for societal responses to cyber security threats at enterprise, national and global levels.

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The roles of government, inter-organizational alliances and international cooperatives are explored, as are such legal concepts as privacy, intellectual property and civil liberties.

The program is designed for mid-career professionals who are looking for a multi-disciplinary approach for evaluating and solving cyber security problems. Courses include human aspects in cyber security, national security policy and law, enterprise cyber security policy and global cyber security.

Career Paths

  • Government cyber security manager
  • Cyber intelligence analyst
  • Legislative aide
  • More career paths

Master of Science in Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation

While technology is changing at a rapid pace, the rules governing the application of digital forensics to the fields of auditing, homeland security and law enforcement are also quickly evolving. The Master of Science in Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation is designed for mid-career professionals who want to meet the challenges of uncovering digital evidence.

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Courses include digital forensics investigations, cyber incident analysis and response and cyber crime investigation and digital forensics.

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Master of Science in Information Technology: Information Assurance

You can add a specialization in information assurance to your Master of Science in Information Technology.

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The specialization provides a practical understanding of the principles of data protection, network security and computer forensics. It also introduces the ethical, legal and policy issues associated with information security. Courses include network and internet security, intrusion detection and prevention, computer forensics and cryptology and data protection.

Career Paths

  • Chief security officer
  • Network administrator
  • Security administrator or architect
  • System administrator
  • More career paths

Enhance Your Credentials with a Dual Degree

With just 18 additional credits, you can earn a second master's degree, saving you both time and money while boosting your career advancement opportunities.

Alan Carswell, UMUC Faculty

From the Desk of the Department Chair

A message from Department Chair Alan Carswell, PhD

Cyber space underpins a large part of our lives every day. More and more, items and  services we use are prefixed with the word "smart." Smart phones allow us to browse and navigate the Web, as well as make phone calls. Smart cards contain an integrated circuit that enables them to store and process data. Smart electrical grids offer advantages such as variable pricing and integration of renewable power sources. Threats to cyber space are threats to the very fabric of our society. There is a vital need for cyber security professionals to protect our cyber space infrastructure and, hence, our society.

UMUC's degree programs in cyber security are designed to provide students with a multi-disciplinary approach to the problem of protecting our cyber space infrastructure. We incorporate the best and latest information in technology, psychology, law, ethics and sociology to equip our graduates to make contributions to this important mission.

Alan Carswell, PhD

Chair, Cyber Security and Information Assurance, The Graduate School

Alan Carswell holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a PhD in information systems and strategy from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. He currently serves as a member of the advisory boards of the National University Technology Network and of the CyberWATCH Consortium.

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Hands-on Learning: Cyber Security Policy

UMUC's graduate programs in cyber security policy help you acquire real-world skills through interactive projects.

Learning from the Best

Amjad Ali Amjad Ali, associate vice president and cybersecurity advisor to the president, earned his Master of Science and Doctor of Science from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is UMUC’s representative to the Maryland Commission on Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence and serves on the advisory board of the Center for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science.