Develop the cybersecurity management, policy, governance, and technical skills required to prepare for rapid career growth with our nationally recognized program in cybersecurity management and policy.
In UMGC's bachelor's degree program in cybersecurity management and policy, you can prepare to become a leader in the protection of data. This innovative, world-class program uses a multidisciplinary approach—drawing from fields such as management, law, science, business, technology, and psychology—to provide you with the most current knowledge and skills for protecting critical cyber infrastructure and assets.
UMGC was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber DefenseEducation by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Our cybersecurity students frequently take first place in cyber competitions, and our graduates are often recruited by top firms and agencies whose personnel they've met through the program.
This program is also available as a minor.
Your Coursework in Cybersecurity Management and Policy
We've developed our cybersecurity management and policy program in conjunction with top employers to be relevant to your career growth. Industry experts consult on emerging topics, our faculty lend their extensive field experience, and an advisory board of senior executives ensure that you'll train for the highest level of information assurance.
You'll learn the techniques, policies, operational procedures, and technologies that secure and defend information systems in local and more broadly based domains.
Courses include ethics in information technology, security policy analysis, network security, practical applications in cybersecurity management, and emerging technologies, taught by senior staff, managers, and executives in the cybersecurity field, so you'll benefit from their firsthand knowledge and experience.
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Protect an organization's critical information and assets by ethically integrating cybersecurity best practices and risk management throughout an enterprise
- Integrate continuous monitoring and real-time security solutions with information collection, sharing, collaboration, and analysis capabilities to improve situational awareness and deployment of countermeasures in industry and government
- Evaluate and assess the use of technology to support cybersecurity goals and objectives
- Participate in forensic analysis of cyber incidents and assist in recovery of operations
- Formulate, update, and communicate short- and long-term organizational cybersecurity strategies and policies
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Write various cybersecurity-related documents, including security policies, disaster recovery plans, and executive briefs
- Analyze standards, best practices, and regulations in the cybersecurity field
- Identify, investigate, and evaluate next-generation and newly emerging technologies that have the potential to support or improve cybersecurity and protect against threats
This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams:
- CompTIA Network+
- CompTIA Security+
- Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
A degree with a major in cybersecurity management and policy requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 33 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 46 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 17 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.
Courses in the Major (33 Credits)
- Fundamentals of Networking (3 Credits, CMIT 265)
- Network Security (3 Credits, CMIT 320)
- Ethics in Information Technology (3 Credits, IFSM 304)
- Cybersecurity Processes and Technologies (3 Credits, CSIA 310)
- Digital Forensics in the Criminal Justice System (3 Credits, CCJS 321)
- Cybersecurity in Business and Industry (3 Credits, CSIA 350)
- Cybersecurity in Government Organizations (3 Credits, CSIA 360)
- Cybersecurity Policy, Plans, and Programs (3 Credits, CSIA 413)
- Evaluating Emerging Technologies (3 Credits, CSIA 459)
- Advanced Information Systems Security (3 Credits, CMIT 425)
- Practical Applications in Cybersecurity Management (3 Credits, CSIA 485)
General Education Courses (41 Credits)
Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).
Introduction to Research (1 Credit, LIBS 150) (to be taken in first 6 credits)
- Introduction to Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 101)
or Introduction to Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 101S)
- Research Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 291)
or other writing course
- Foundations of Oral Communication (3 Credits, SPCH 100)
or Military Communication and Writing (3 Credits, COMM 200)
or other communication, writing, or speech course
- Advanced Technical Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 393) (related requirement for the major)
Arts and Humanities Courses
- Western Civilization II (3 Credits, HIST 142)
or History of the United States Since 1865 (3 Credits, HIST 157)
or other historical perspective course
- Contemporary Moral Issues (3 Credits, PHIL 140)
or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course (discipline must differ from first)
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
- Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credits, ECON 201)
or Principles of Microeconomics (3 Credits, ECON 203)
or other behavorial and social science course
- American Government (3 Credits, GVPT 170)
or other behavioral and social science course (discipline must differ from first)
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
- Concepts of Biology (3 Credits, BIOL 101) and Laboratory in Biology (1 Credits, BIOL 102) or other science lecture and laboratory course(s)
- Introduction to Physical Science (3 Credits, NSCI 100)
or Human Biology (3 Credits, BIOL 160)
or other science lecture course
College Mathematics (3 Credits, MATH 103)
or other 3-credit MATH course at or above the level of college algebra
- Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3 Credits, IFSM 201) (related requirement for the major; prerequisite to later course)
- Information Systems in Organizations (3 Credits, IFSM 300)
or another computing course appropriate to the academic major
Whether you are a current student, alumnus, prospective student or employer, Career Services offers you easy access to career-related support and resources.
Current students and alumni can take advantage of many valuable services, including
- Career mapping
- Resume and cover-letter tips
- Job fair preparation
- Resources to find job opportunities
- Strategies for the federal job search
- Interview preparation
Prospective students are eligible for general Career Planning and Career Change advising as it relates to potential UMGC studies only.