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Computer Studies
Associate of Arts

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


Gain knowledge and expertise in computer studies in this UMGC Associate of Arts specialized curriculum area. Gain introductory knowledge in programming, problem solving, or algorithm design, and then take a variety of courses that are applicable to a bachelor’s degree in a computing-related field.

Program Highlights
  • Take core courses: Study interpersonal communication, writing, literature, news writing, or speech.
  • Build your skills: Gain introductory knowledge in programming, problem solving, and algorithm design.
  • Gain knowledge: Learn how to design, use, and implement relational database systems.
  • Strengthen basic skills: Hone techniques in time management, interviewing, problem solving, decision making, and collaboration.
  • Stay on the cutting edge: Explore emerging technologies in social media, mobile computing, cloud computing, and big data.
  • Study networking: Study networking technology in local area networks, wide area networks, and wireless networks.
Required Courses
  • One 3-credit course in communication, writing, or speech, chosen from the following:

    • (3 Credits, ENGL 102)

    • (3 Credits, ENGL 281)

    • (3 Credits, JOUR 201)
    • Any 3-credit COMM or SPCH courses
    • Any 3-credit WRTG courses (except 486A and 486B)
  • One 1-credit course, chosen from the following:

    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198A)

    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198B)

    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198C)

    • (1 Credit, BMGT 121A)

    • (1 Credit, BMGT 121B)
    • Any 1-credit course
  • 21 credits of computer studies-related coursework, chosen from any CMIS, CMIT, CMSC, CMST, DATA, IFSM, or SDEV courses for which you meet the prerequisites
Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for entry-level jobs in any area where computer graphics or web design skills are required.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

No previous experience is needed.

Total Program Credits
60
Transfer Credits
Up to 45
Format
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • Program restrictions apply
Tuition Per Credit
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program is only available to a limited audience, including non-Maryland residents, military servicemembers, and veterans.

State-Specific Details

This program is not available to Maryland residents.

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Computer Science
Bachelor of Science

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


With an online bachelor’s degree in computer science from University of Maryland Global Campus, you'll learn how to plan, design, develop, and optimize computer software and systems for commercial and government environments. Designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars, this versatile program provides students with opportunities for professional development and strong foundational skills in programming languages, software development, complex algorithms, database systems, and data structures.

Program Highlights
  • Stay on the cutting edge: Identify and respond to emerging technology, models, systems, and trends.
  • Work toward quality: Apply logic and mathematical principles to reliable computing systems.
  • Learn with hands-on experience: Design, optimize, and document secure solutions for computing systems.
  • Proactively solve problems: Analyze algorithms, programming languages, compilers, and operating systems.
  • Flex your creativity: Design a virtual stringed musical instrument or build a realistic 3D world.
  • Build concrete skills: Design, implement, test, debug, and document java programs.
Required Courses

  • (3 Credits, CMIS 141)

  • (3 Credits, CMIS 242)

  • (3 Credits, CMIS 310)

  • (3 Credits, SDEV 300)

  • (3 Credits, CMSC 350)

  • (3 Credits, CMSC 330)

  • (3 Credits, CMSC 335)

  • (3 Credits, CMIS 330)

  • (3 Credits, CMIS 320)

  • (3 Credits, CMSC 430)

  • (3 Credits, CMSC 451)

  • (3 Credits, CMSC 495)

Related Required Courses

The following required courses may be applied to general education or elective requirements.


  • (4 Credits, MATH 140)

  • (4 Credits, MATH 141)

  • (3 Credits, CMSC 150)

  • (3 Credits, CMIS 102)
Career Preparation

This program is designed to help provide you with a foundation for a career in software architecture or engineering, application software design, or systems analysis, programming, or engineering in corporate organizations and government agencies.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend you have previous professional programming experience or experience programming as a hobby.

Total Program Credits
120
Transfer Credits
Up to 90
Format
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
Tuition Per Credit
  • $312 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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Cybersecurity Technology
Bachelor of Science

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


In the online cybersecurity technology bachelor's degree program, you'll learn the operational procedures and technologies to design, implement, administer, secure, and troubleshoot corporate networks while applying cybersecurity principles operationally. Plus, your coursework can help prepare you for several cybersecurity certification exams.

Program Highlights
  • Prepare for certification: Take coursework that can help prepare you for industry-specific certification exams.
  • Design networks: Implement and administer local-area and wide-area networks to satisfy organizational goals.
  • Resolve IT problems: Meet the needs of end users by applying troubleshooting methodologies.
  • Communicate effectively: Communicate IT knowledge using a wide range of presentation styles.
  • Secure IT systems: Apply relevant policies and procedures to effectively secure and monitor IT systems.
  • Understand best practices: Meet organizational goals using effective workforce skills, best practices, and ethical principles.
Required Courses

  • (3 Credits, CMIT 202)

  • (3 Credits, CMIT 265)

  • (3 Credits, CMIT 291)

  • (3 Credits, CMIT 320)

  • (3 Credits, CMIT 321)

  • (3 Credits, CMIT 326)

  • (3 Credits, CMIT 351)

  • (3 Credits, CMIT 495)
  • Three upper-level courses (9 credits) chosen from the following:
    • Any upper-level CMIT courses

    • (3 Credits, CCJS 321).

Digital Forensics Focus

If you are interested in a career in digital forensics, you can take three of the following upper-level courses to satisfy the 9-credit requirement listed above:


  • (3 Credits, CCJS 321)

  • (3 Credits, CMIT 424)

  • (3 Credits, CMIT 440)

  • (3 Credits, CMIT 460)
Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you prepare for a career in network management, network security, systems administration, or cybersecurity threat analysis and management, whether you're new to the IT field or looking to move up to middle management.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

No previous experience is needed.

Total Program Credits
120
Transfer Credits
Up to 90
Format
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
Tuition Per Credit
  • $312 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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