Cybersecurity Technology Master's Degree

Develop the next generation of advanced cyber threat prevention skills at a university nationally recognized for excellence in cybersecurity.

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity Technology at University of Maryland University College is an innovative degree program that draws from fields such as technology, forensics, management, law, science, business, and psychology to provide you with the most current knowledge and skills for protecting critical cyber infrastructure and assets.

About the Cybersecurity Technology Master's Degree

Coursework in the cyber security technology master's degree program features emerging topics in the field. Additionally, a board of industry leaders and employers advises our faculty to make sure our cyber security programs are covering emerging areas that are relevant to your career growth.

If you do not have a background in IT, it is strongly recommended that you take our non-credit preparation courses in information technology and coding. These will give you a foundation that will help you succeed in the program.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Prevent network attacks through business impact and vulnerability assessments
  • Detect and mitigate cyber attacks through tools, techniques, and penetration testing
  • Develop a business continuity plan in the event of an attack
  • Apply digital protection techniques across operating systems and mobile platforms
  • Manage security architecture and operations
  • Integrate digital forensics investigative techniques
  • Identify system vulnerabilities and solve problems with intrusion detection tactics
  • Apply ethics, relevant laws, regulations, policies, and standards through case studies
  • Integrate cyber crime motivations, hacker culture, and criminal psychology into solutions

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Use protocol analyzers, intrusion detection systems, intrusion prevention systems, network mapping tools, network scanning tools, encryption/decryption tools, digital forensics tools, and password exploitation tools
  • Perform ethical hacking and vulnerability assessments

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams

Cybersecurity Technology Master's Degree Requirements

All courses must be taken in the order lis§ted. 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.

Required Courses

You may transfer exactly 6 credits toward this program if you earned those credits at an approved institution and the course content is equivalent to the introductory course. Fill out a Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation to find out if your credits may transfer.

Preparation Recommended for Success

Expectations

You are expected to have some background in information technology. This background may be acquired through noncredit preparatory coursework, listed below.

Preparation Recommended for Success

Expectations

You are expected to have some background in information technology. This background may be acquired through noncredit preparatory coursework, listed below.

Recommendations

If you do not have experience in information technology, computer networks, or databases, you are strongly advised to take the noncredit course ASC 605. If you have not taken programming courses previously, you are strongly advised to take ASC 609. Taking ASC 601 is recommended to improve writing skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I get from the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Technology?

This program will help you develop your skills and competencies in implementation of technology measures to protect an organization’s network and computer assets from intrusions. The program focuses on techniques and technologies of cyber defense. The program will require that you become adept with computer and network technologies at a high level.

Who is the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Technology geared toward?

This program is for those who want do the technological implementation of measures and processes to protect networks and computer assets within an organization. It is intended to develop those who do the actual hands-on work and those who manage them.

What do I need to do to succeed in the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Technology?

This program is open to anyone and while you do not need a specific background in IT, it is certainly very helpful. If you do not have a background in IT, it is strongly recommended that you take our non-credit preparation courses in information technology and coding. These will give you a foundation that will help you succeed in the program.

Specialized Program Accreditation

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

Cybersecurity Program Recognition

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

 
 

Facts & Figures

6K+

national job openings for entry-level cybersecurity specialists/technicians as of June 2016

Source

Source: CyberSeek | "Cybersecurity Career Pathway"  | 2016

12K+

national job openings for midlevel penetration and vulnerability testers

Source

Source: CyberSeek | "Cybersecurity Career Pathway"  | 2016

5 of 6

cybersecurity jobs require a degree

Source

Source: Burning Glass International | "Job Market Intelligence: Cyber Security Jobs"  | 2015

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