In University of Maryland Global Campus'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.
UMGC was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. Read this year's program catalog to see our recommended course sequence for this program. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.
This program has a related minor.
About the Cybersecurity Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Protect an organization's critical information and assets by ethically integrating cybersecurity best practices and risk management throughout an 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 cybersecurity goals and objectives
- Participate in the investigation of cyber incidents and assist in recovery of operations
- Formulate, update, and communicate short- and long-term organizational cybersecurity strategies and policies
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
This program can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s):
- Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US)
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- CompTIA Network+
- CompTIA Security+
- EC-Council Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO)
- EC-Council Certified Incident Handler (ECIH)
- EC-Council Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU)
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
Total Credits Required: 120
- Required Major Courses: 33
- Minor and Elective Courses: 46
- General Education Courses: 41
Required Major Courses
- CSIA 300
- IFSM 304
- CMIT 265
- CMIT 320
- CSIA 310
- CSIA 350
- CSIA 360
- CSIA 413
- CSIA 459
- CMIT 425
- CSIA 485
General Education Requirements
UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.
In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.
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.
The curriculum has a flexibility about it that I haven’t seen from other academic institutions. UMGC, I think, has cracked the code in terms of allowing it to be very agile and very much focused on the changing dimensions of cybersecurity.
President and CEO, Cyber Security Strategies
I chose to study cybersecurity because I want to make a difference in the world, small or large, by providing the means to protect us from physical or cyber threats and enhance digital security.
Cybersecurity Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree
I knew what I learned at UMGC made a difference when I was able to accomplish my necessary certifications for my new career in cybersecurity and secure a job with Booz Allen before I finished my degree.
Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
Cybersecurity Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree
Student Clubs and Organizations
Type: Student organization
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
The Cyber Competition Team represents UMGC at various cybersecurity events and highly competitive tournaments nationwide. Students hone their cybersecurity skills, learn to work effectively as a team, and network with other students, cyber professionals, and prospective employers.
About the Faculty
Our world-class faculty members combine academic credentials with a wealth of experience in the field.
Faculty members in this program hold or have recently held positions including
- Chief information officer
- Chief information security officer
- Cryptologic manager
- Deputy chief of cyber security operations
- Director of server operations group
- Information security officers
- Security analyst
- Team lead of cyber threat analysis
- Technical director of security engineering and testing
Our faculty work or have worked at organizations including
- Defense Information Systems Agency
- General Dynamics
- The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
- Lucent Technologies
- National Security Agency
- PNC Bank
- Science Applications International Corporation
- Transportation Security Agency
- U.S. Department of Defense
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security