Prepare for the future by developing the next generation of advanced cyber threat prevention skills in this nationally recognized program.

In the online Master of Science in cybersecurity technology program at University of Maryland Global Campus, you'll learn how cyber security technology underpins the success of organizations and national critical infrastructures. Modern executives need to be able to use that technology, as well as people and policy, to minimize risks while ensuring success for their organizations. They need to balance risks and opportunities holistically through an interdisciplinary lens. This innovative graduate program offers that wide perspective, providing a blend of people, policy, and technology skills to help prepare the modern digital strategists that organizations need.

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 Technology Master's Degree

Coursework in the cybersecurity technology master's degree program features emerging topics and projects that develop the skills and knowledge employers are seeking. It also provides the opportunity to interact with employers through conferences and recruitment and networking events. In your courses, you will also have access to a state-of-the-art technology lab to strengthen your practical understanding of the concepts discussed. Faculty with experience in the field guide your progress throughout your courses. Additionally, a board of industry leaders and employers advises our faculty to make sure our cyber security programs are covering emerging areas that are relevant to your career growth.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Tailor digital strategies to the mission of an organization
  • Understand how to balance the use of people, policy, and technology
  • Understand how to analyze, think critically, and improve perpetually
  • Be a cybersecurity technology leader in the modern world
  • Develop a cybersecurity technology strategy for an organization
  • Build cybersecurity technology environments and operations
  • Develop resilient and highly fault-tolerant technology environments
  • Enable organizations to make better business decisions through reliable data analytics and intelligence
  • Perform proactive business risk management and solve problems
  • Develop strategies for mobile, cloud, and emerging environments such as the Internet of Things

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Use protocol analyzers, intrusion detection systems, intrusion prevention systems, network mapping tools, network scanning tools, encryption/decryption tools, digital forensics tools, and password exploitation tools
  • Perform ethical hacking, penetration testing, and vulnerability assessments

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s):

Cybersecurity Technology Master'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.

Master's Courses

Core Courses

  • CBR 600
  • CST 610
  • CST 620
  • CST 630
  • CST 640
  • CYB 670

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. 

The courses in this program will have seven-day and 60-day options for the grade of Incomplete.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree 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 degree.
 

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to develop mission-focused digital strategies for organizations. Potential career fields include cyber security and technology architecture, information security, cyber security analysis and engineering, board advising, and cyber security consulting.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

If you do not have work experience in information technology, computer networks, or databases, we strongly recommend you take ASC 605. If you have not taken programming courses previously, we strongly encourage you to take ASC 609. 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

Technology Requirements

The cyber security curriculum requires that you use a computer with the following:

  • Microphone and speakers or headset with microphone or equivalent device
  • 5 GB of free hard drive space
  • 2 GB RAM or higher
  • A high-speed internet connection
  • Computer processor running at speeds of at least 1 GHz
  • Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.6 or higher for an operating system (Linux operating systems can also be used but require more technical knowledge from the user)

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.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Program

What do I need to do to succeed in the Master of Science in cybersecurity technology? +

This program is open to anyone and while you do not need a specific background in IT, it is certainly very helpful. If you do not have a background in IT, it is strongly recommended that you take our non-credit preparation courses in information technology and coding. These will give you a foundation that will help you succeed in the program.

Whom is the Master of Science in cybersecurity technology geared toward? +

This program is for those who want do the technological implementation of measures and processes to protect networks and computer assets within an organization. It is intended to develop those who do the actual hands-on work and those who manage them.

What will I get from the Master of Science in cybersecurity technology? +

This program will help you develop your skills and competencies in implementation of technology measures to protect an organization’s network and computer assets from intrusions. The program focuses on techniques and technologies of cyber defense. The program will require that you become adept with computer and network technologies at a high level.