Develop next-generation skills to combat cyber threats with the foundations of cybersecurity graduate certificate.

The graduate certificate in foundations of cyber security at University of Maryland Global Campus is an innovative program that draws 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.

Perfect for midcareer professionals but assuming no previous experience in cyber security or computer science, the certificate in foundations of cyber security can teach you the leadership and technical skills to take your public- or private-sector career to the next level.

About the Foundations of Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate

The foundations of cyber security graduate certificate curriculum covers emerging topics in the field. Our faculty lend their extensive experience and an advisory board of senior security executives ensures that the curriculum is up-to-date with the latest trends. We also offer opportunities to interact with employers, including frequent guest speakers, recruitment activities, and networking events.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Identify system vulnerabilities and solve problems with intrusion detection tactics
  • Navigate ethics, relevant laws, regulations, policies, and standards
  • Explain cyber crime motivations, hacker culture, and criminal psychology

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Use protocol analyzers, intrusion detection systems, intrusion prevention systems, networking mapping tools, encryption/decryption tools, and password cracking tools
  • Perform vulnerability assessments

Foundations of Cybersecurity 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

Introductory Class

UCSP 615

  • CSEC 610
  • CSEC 620

Class Scheduling Tips

  • Courses should be taken in the order listed.
  • Only one class can be taken at a time

Overall Certificate Requirements

  • To pursue a certificate program, you must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • All undergraduate certificate coursework must be completed within two years of enrolling in the first certificate course.
  • You are responsible for notifying UMGC of your intention to complete certificate work before completion of your last course.
  • You can pursue a degree and certificate simultaneously or pursue a degree after completing the certificate, but the application for any certificate completed while in progress toward the degree must be submitted before award of the degree.
  • You cannot use the same course toward completion of more than one certificate.
  • In cases where the same course is required for two certificates, you must replace that course with an approved substitute for the second certificate.
  • No more than half of the total credits for any certificate can be earned through credit by examination, Prior Learning portfolio credit, internship/Workplace Learning credit, or transfer credit from other schools.
  • Certificates consisting primarily of upper-level coursework may assume prior study in that area. Check prerequisites for certificate courses.
  • Prerequisites for certificate courses can be satisfied by coursework, credit by examination, or Prior Learning portfolio credit.
  • At least half of the total credits for any certificate must be earned through graded coursework.
  • All required coursework for the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all courses for an undergraduate certificate and B (3.0) in all courses for a graduate certificate.
  • Certificate courses cannot be taken pass/fail.
  • All graduate certificate requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years. Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate certificate.

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.



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