Gain expertise by pursuing a graduate certificate in cybersecurity management and policy and help shape the future of privacy and protection.

In the graduate certificate in cybersecurity management and policy program at University of Maryland Global Campus, you'll examine governmental and organizational responses to cyber security threats. You will assess technical and organizational controls that can prevent and detect cyber intrusions. You will also create and assess policies and procedures to restore operations after a cyber attack. You will explore the legal foundations of cyber security as well as the roles of government, international and private organizations.

The graduate certificate in cybersecurity management and policy will provide you with a broad analytical framework for evaluating and solving cyber security problems.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Cybersecurity Management and Policy Graduate Certificate

The cyber security management and policy certificate curriculum features emerging topics in the field and was developed with the help of an advisory board of senior security executives, so what you're learning is on the cutting edge of cyber security.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Conduct vulnerability and risk assessments
  • Write business continuity plans and procedures
  • Develop policies for the appropriate and ethical employment of all cyber tools

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Analyze a series of privacy policies and critique them from a legal and organizational perspective
  • Create vulnerability and risk analyses

Cybersecurity Management and Policy Graduate Certificate 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.

Required Courses

  • CBR 600
  • CMP 610
  • CMP 620

All courses must be taken in the order listed. 

You must complete each course with a grade of B or better to advance to the next course. The grade of C is not available for these courses.

Overall Certificate Requirements

  • To pursue a certificate program, you must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • You are responsible for notifying UMGC of your intention to complete certificate work before completion of your last course.
  • If you apply credits from your graduate certificate to a related master's degree, then you must apply for your certificate once you have completed its requirements before finishing the master's requirements.
  • All required coursework for the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of B (3.0). Certificate courses cannot be taken pass/fail.
  • All graduate certificate requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years. Any transfer credits, if applicable, must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate certificate.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you pursue positions managing cyber security functions.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

This program is designed for midcareer professionals or those new to the field. We recommend a background in computing and programming. If you need to improve your computing skills, we recommend you take ASC 605. If you have not taken programming courses, we recommend you take ASC 609 and ASC 611 prior to taking core courses. We recommend ASC 601 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Facts & Figures

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Computing Club aims to create a dynamic environment where members can work collaboratively, share innovative ideas, enhance their career-readiness, and gain marketable experience in their respective fields.

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Cyber Competition Team represents UMGC 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.

Additional Information

Get a Head Start on a Cybersecurity Master's Degree or Certificate

Students who complete the bachelor's degree in computer networks and cybersecurity may be eligible to reduce their total coursework for the following graduate degree and certificate programs by 6 credits:

  • Cybersecurity management and policy
  • Cybersecurity technology
  • Digital forensics and cyber investigation

To be eligible, you must have completed CMIT 495 no earlier than spring 2019. If eligible, you may be awarded credit for CBR 600. This the only course for which credit may be granted through this educational relationship.

Admission requirements and time limits for degree completion apply to all applicants.