In University of Maryland Global Campus's award-winning Bachelor of Science in computer networks and cybersecurity program, you'll learn the operational procedures and technologies to design, implement, administer, secure, and troubleshoot corporate networks.

Designed to combine the benefits of a traditional college education with hands-on training in state-of-the-art computer technology, the curriculum integrates technical skill with communication skills and superior general education knowledge. Our cybersecurity students frequently take first place in cyber competitions.

UMGC was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education 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.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Computer Networks and Cybersecurity Bachelor's Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Design, implement, and administer local-area and wide-area networks to satisfy organizational goals
  • Resolve IT system problems and meet the needs of end users by applying troubleshooting methodologies
  • Apply relevant policies and procedures to effectively secure and monitor IT systems
  • Communicate IT knowledge effectively using a wide range of presentation styles
  • Meet organizational goals using effective workforce skills, best practices, and ethical principles

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Evaluate, install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot computer hardware components and operating systems
  • Configure and manage Cisco switches within multiprotocol internetworks, including VoIP (voice over Internet protocol), wireless network protocols, and routing protocols
  • Manage and troubleshoot features of Windows Server operating systems, including Active Directory, DNS, Group Policy, Desktop Security, Remote Access, Windows Deployment, and User Accounts
  • Design, develop and write appropriate and effective technical documents

Industry Certification

Courses in this program are designed to provide you with the knowledge you need to take the valuable industry certification exams, which can help you increase your marketability.

Industry Certification Course(s)

CompTIA A+

CMIT 202

CompTIA Network+

CMIT 265

CompTIA Security+

CMIT 320

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

CMIT 321

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

CMIT 350

CompTIA Linux+ and LPIC-1

CMIT 391

Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)

CMIT 424

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

CMIT 425

IACIS Certified Mobile Device Examiner (ICMDE)

CMIT 440

Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH)

CMIT 460

Cisco Certified Network Associate–Security (CCNA Security)

Please note: CCNA Security and CCNP certifications require CCNA certification as a prerequisite.

CMIT 454

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)

Please note: CCNA Security and CCNP certifications require CCNA certification as a prerequisite.

Take the following courses:

  • CMIT 451
  • CMIT 452
  • CMIT 453

Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA): Server 2016

Please note: Server 2016 requires MCSA certification as a prerequisite.

Take the following courses:

  • CMIT 369
  • CMIT 370
  • CMIT 371

MCSE Cloud Platform and Infrastructure

Take the following courses:

  • CMIT 372
  • CMIT 373

Please note: Completion of a UMGC course does not guarantee that you will earn an industry certification. You will need to successfully complete an industry exam and any other applicable requirements in order to earn each certification.

Computer Networks and Cybersecurity Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses

  • CMIT 202
  • CMIT 265
  • CMIT 320
  • CMIT 321
  • CMIT 350
  • CMIT 326
  • CMIT 391
  • CMIT 495
  • Three upper-level courses (9 credits) chosen from any upper-level CMIT courses or CCJS 321.
    You can take courses focused in Microsoft, Cisco, network security, or digital security to fulfill this requirement. Please see the Degree Focus tab for our recommendations.

Vertical Pathway

Through a vertical pathway, students who complete this program may be eligible to reduce their total coursework for our graduate programs in Cybersecurity Management and Policy, Cyber Operations, Cybersecurity Technology, or Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation.

Degree Focus

Choose from one of these recommended groups of classes or mix and match to align with your career goals and interests.

Microsoft Focus

  • CMIT 370
  • CMIT 371
  • CMIT 372
  • CMIT 373

Cisco Focus

  • CMIT 451
  • CMIT 452
  • CMIT 453
  • CMIT 454

Network Security Focus

  • CMIT 370
  • CMIT 451
  • CMIT 425

Digital Forensics Focus

  • CCJS 321
  • CMIT 424
  • CMIT 440
  • CMIT 460

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you prepare for a career in network management, systems administration, or network security, whether you're new to the IT field or you're looking to move up to middle management.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Computing Club aims to create a dynamic environment where members can work collaboratively, share innovative ideas, enhance their career-readiness, and gain marketable experience in their respective fields.

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Cyber Competition Team represents UMGC at various cybersecurity events and highly competitive tournaments nationwide. Being a member of the team allows students to develop their cybersecurity skills and to network with other students with similar interests.

Awards & Recognition

  • Program Development Award | University Professional and Continuing Education Association, Mid-Atlantic Region | 2013


Applying an Industry Certification to Your Coursework

If you pass one of the above listed certification exams while completing the corresponding course, you may be eligible to use your certification exam score in place of a final exam. Contact your instructor before taking the certification exam to learn more about this option.

Certification Exam Discounts

Save on the cost of registration for select cyber and IT certification exams through certification exam vouchers for UMGC students. Additional opportunities, if available, will be made known to students.

CDFAE Certificates of Completion

UMGC is a designated National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) institution and can help you earn the CDFAE Certificates of Completion listed below. These CDFAE Certificates of Completion can be exchanged for corresponding U.S. Department of Defense forensics certifications, which are required when performing forensics work for the Federal Government or Federal contractors.

How to Obtain a CDFAE Certificate

Earn the following CDFAE Certificates of Completion by completing the listed requirements:

  • Digital Media Collector: Complete CMIT 202 and CMIT 460 with a grade of C or better in each course.
  • Digital Forensic Examiner: Complete CMIT 202, CMIT 424, and CMIT 460 with a grade of C or better in each course.

In addition, you will need to complete the requirements for graduating with a Bachelor of Science in computer networks and cybersecurity and obtain employment with an applicable Federal employer or Federal contractor. Once you have met these requirements, please e-mail the Computer Information Systems and Technology (CITE) Department at cite@umgc.edu and include "CDFAE Certificate of Completion Request" in the subject line and your full name, student ID, and mailing address in the e-mail. Once the CITE Department verifies that these requirements have been met, it will issue the CDFAE Certificate of Completion.

Please read the CDFAE Certificates of Completion webpage thoroughly for additional details, including required timeframes for exchanging your Certificate of Completion.