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University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and the National Security Agency’s National Cryptologic School (NCS) today signed an agreement to expand its alliance and offer pathways for NSA employees and active-duty military personnel to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in cybersecurity from UMUC.

“We are proud to deepen our alliance with NCS and applaud its commitment and service to its students,” said UMUC President Javier Miyares. “Expanding our alliance leverages the strengths of both institutions, offering some of the best and brightest cybersecurity professionals at the NSA new pathways for developing their expertise and advancing their careers in a field that is vital to our national security.”

Under the new agreement, NSA employees can transfer 12 credits earned from successfully completing NCS ’s cybersecurity 3422 course to the UMUC Master of Science in cybersecurity—one-third of the credits needed to complete the master's degree. Or, students can use this course to transfer 15 credits at the bachelor’s degree level into either the computer networks and cybersecurity program or the cybersecurity management and policy program.

These additional opportunities come less than a year after UMUC and NCS signed an agreement that allows NSA employees to earn UMUC credit from taking Joint Cyber Analysis Courses (JCAC) and NCS courses. The credit earned can then apply toward any of the following UMUC degrees: an associate in general studies with a specialization in computer studies, the Bachelor of Science in computer science, and the Bachelor of Science in computer networks and cybersecurity.

“The nation is grateful for the partnership that NSA has with quality and outstanding academic institutions that assist the U.S. in defending our liberties,” said Diane M. Janosek, commandant of the National Cryptologic School. “Cyber educators are patriots—they are preparing the nation’s cyber first responders—and, in turn, preserve our economic security and national security.”

The articulation agreement signed last February also included certain language courses at the NCS as well as the Defense Language Institute, which can be applied toward a UMUC Bachelor of Arts in East Asian studies or an Associate of Arts in general studies with a specialization in Spanish studies, German studies, Japanese studies, or Arabic studies.

About University of Maryland University College University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is headquartered at the epicenter of cybersecurity, between the Department of Defense’s Cyber Command in Maryland and the cyber corridor in Virginia. In 1949, UMUC was the first university to send faculty overseas to educate active-duty military personnel in Europe and has stood in commitment to the nation’s military for the last 70 years. Today, UMUC serves nearly 90,000 students, including more than 50,000 active-duty service members, reservists, National Guard members, veterans, and their family members at military installations in more than 20 countries.

About the National Cryptologic School The National Cryptologic School (NCS) delivers flexible education, training, and learning solutions that respond to the needs of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command in support of the global cryptologic mission. NCS is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education and leads the way in developing and implementing curricula in the fields of language and area studies, cryptology, cyber, education, leadership, and business development.