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Online Master's Degree

Cybersecurity &
Management Policy

Cybersecurity Management & Policy
Master of Science
AT A GLANCE
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer exactly 6 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
TUITION
  • $694 per credit (in-state)
  • $694 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $480 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Gain skills and knowledge to address cybersecurity threats.

An online master’s degree in cybersecurity management and policy from University of Maryland Global Campus will help you gain the tools you need to place yourself on a management track in cybersecurity. Learn how to establish, implement, and oversee a cybersecurity structure for an organization, and create a security approach that combines technology, governance, and compliance perspectives.

Total Credits Required: 36

Foundation Course

  • (6 Credits, CBR 600)

Core Course

  • (6 Credits, CMP 610)
  • (6 Credits, CMP 620)
  • (6 Credits, CMP 630)
  • (6 Credits, CMP 640)

Capstone Course

  • (6 Credits, CYB 670)

General Master's Degree 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.

Please review the overall master’s degree requirements for additional considerations.

Additional Program-Specific Requirements

  • 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.

Vertical Pathway

If you completed your undergraduate degree at UMGC with a major in cybersecurity technology, a vertical pathway between UMGC's graduate and undergraduate degree programs in that field allows you to reduce your total coursework for this program by up to 6 credits.

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022–2023 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Master’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each master's degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all master’s degrees.

Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

Industry Snapshot

This program is designed to help you prepare to join a management team in a public or private-sector cybersecurity organization and develop and oversee cybersecurity policy. Potential career fields include cybersecurity and policy, data protection, and information security.

508K
Job Openings
U.S. employers advertised nearly 508,000 cybersecurity job openings between June 2019 and May 2020.
Source: Burning Glass Technologies | "CyberSeek™ Releases New Cybersecurity Job Market Data" | July 15, 2020

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Industry Certification Exams

This program is designed to help prepare you for the following certification exams:

 

Cybersecurity Program Designation

UMGC has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security and as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the DC3 Academic Cyber Curriculum Alliance.

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Additional Program Information

  • If you do not have work experience in information technology, an IT academic background, or IT certifications, we strongly recommend you take
    (0 Credits, ASC 605),
    (0 Credits, ASC 609), and
    (0 Credits, ASC 611); these courses will give you a foundation that will help you succeed in the program.
  • We recommend
    (0 Credits, ASC 601) if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

This program requires that you use a computer with the following:

  • Microphone and speakers or headset with microphone or equivalent device(s)
  • 5 GB (gigabytes) of free hard drive space
  • 4 GB RAM or higher
  • A high-speed internet connection
  • Computer processor (Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64) running at speeds of at least 1 GHz
  • Windows 8.1 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.)

Note: The higher the processor speed of your computer (e.g., 2.4–3.4 GHz), the larger the amount of available memory (e.g., 4–12 GB), and the larger the amount of available hard drive space (e.g., 5–20 GB), the better your computer will perform and the smoother your experience will be.

Computing Club

The Computing Club provides a dynamic environment where members can work collaboratively, share innovative ideas, enhance their career-readiness, and gain marketable experience in their respective fields. It is available to graduate or undergraduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff members. Students and alumni can join the Computing Club group on CareerQuest.

Cyber Competition Team

The Cyber Competition Team represents UMGC at various cybersecurity events and tournaments nationwide. Being a member of the team gives students an opportunity to develop their cybersecurity skills and network with other students. The team is open to undergraduate and graduate students and alumni through a tryout process. Email jesse.varsalone@umgc.edu or visit the cyber team webpage to learn more.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Computing & Technology Disciplines)

Upsilon Pi Epsilon encourages the enhancement of knowledge in the computing and information science fields. Membership is by invitation only. It is available to undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate membership is open to students majoring in one of the computing disciplines who have completed at least 45 credit hours towards their degree, including 30 or more credits at UMGC (in graded coursework) and at least 15 credits from information technology and computer science courses. Undergraduate students need to have a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher and a GPA of 3.5 or higher in all coursework taken from the information technology and computer science courses. Graduate student membership is open to students pursuing a master's degree in cybersecurity management and policy, cybersecurity technology, data analytics, or digital forensics and cyber investigation; a master's degree in information technology with a specialization in database systems technology, informatics, information assurance, software engineering, or telecommunications management; or a legacy master's degree in cybersecurity. Graduate students must have completed at least 18 resident credits towards their degree at UMGC, with a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher. For more information, please email upe@umgc.edu.

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