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U.S. Naval Community College (USNCC) – UMGC Partnership

Eligible students can earn an AA degree and a computer networking certificate at UMGC.

Thanks to our partnership with the U.S. Naval Community College (USNCC), eligible active-duty enlisted Sailors, Marines, or Coast Guardsman or Coast Guard Reservists can earn an Associate of Arts degree in general studies with a concentration in computer studies while also receiving a computer networking certificate from UMGC!

Students who wish to continue their cybersecurity education at UMGC at the undergraduate level can do that, too, thanks to undergraduate pathways that are also being offered through this partnership.

Benefits of USNCC-UMGC Partnership

Students who enroll through the USNCC-UMGC partnership will receive

  • A flexible program of study, with 8 weeks of online coursework that can be completed whether ashore or at sea
  • Tuition, fees and course materials funded entirely by USNCC, allowing you to save your military Tuition Assistance, GI Bill ® benefits, and other education aid entitlements
  • An associate degree from UMGC, as well as a career-relevant computer networking certificate.
  • The opportunity to continue studying at the undergraduate level at UMGC thanks to undergraduate pathways

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. More information about education benefits offered by VA is available on the U.S. government GI Bill® website.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this program, you must

  • Be an active-duty enlisted Sailor, Marine, or Coast Guardsman or Coast Guard Reservist
  • Be in good service standing
  • Have earned a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Not be within 3 months of service separation
  • Satisfy the admissions requirements for both USNCC and UMGC

Apply for This Program through USNCC

To register for this program, you must apply directly through the USNCC website. When registering, be sure to select "Cybersecurity (UMGC)" as your program plan.

Please note: Course registration for each term will be a collaborative process primarily between you and a UMGC military education coordinator, with some involvement from USNCC.


Degree Plans

Through our partnership with USNCC, we are proud to offer students several degree options, including

Undergraduate Degree Pathway

USNCC LogoSeveral of the degrees offered through the USNCC-UMGC partnership contain pathways to undergraduate degrees at UMGC. These pathways include suggested course sequences that will position you to get a head start on a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity. Please check your specific degree plan (listed earlier under Degree Plans) to see if a pathway is being offered. If so, please work with your UMGC military education coordinator to plan a pathway from the associate degree to the bachelor’s degree.

UMGC is currently offering an undergraduate pathway to our award-winning cybersecurity program for all eligible USNCC students. In the bachelor’s in computer networks and cybersecurity program, you’ll learn the operational procedures and technologies to design, implement, administer, secure, and troubleshoot corporate networks while applying cybersecurity principles operationally.

Designed to combine the benefits of a traditional college education with hands-on training in state-of-the-art computer technology, the computer networks and cybersecurity curriculum integrates technical skill with communication skills and superior general education knowledge.

UMGC was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. UMGC is also a designated National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) institution.

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UMGC is also proud to offer several transfer credit options for military students, so you can earn your degree even faster!

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Our helpful admissions advisors can help you choose an academic program to fit your career goals, estimate your transfer credits, and develop a plan for your education costs that fits your budget. If you’re a current UMGC student, please visit the Help Center.

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