In the online Master of Science in cybersecurity technology program at University of Maryland Global Campus, you'll learn how cybersecurity technology underpins the success of organizations and national critical infrastructures. Modern executives need to be able to use that technology, as well as people and policy, to minimize risks while ensuring success for their organizations. They need to balance risks and opportunities holistically through an interdisciplinary lens. This innovative graduate program offers that wide perspective, providing a blend of people, policy, and technology skills to help prepare the modern digital strategists that organizations need.

UMGC was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

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

About the Cybersecurity Technology Master's Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Tailor digital strategies to the mission of an organization
  • Understand how to balance the use of people, policy, and technology
  • Understand how to analyze, think critically, and improve perpetually
  • Be a cybersecurity technology leader in the modern world
  • Develop a cybersecurity technology strategy for an organization
  • Build cybersecurity technology environments and operations
  • Develop resilient and highly fault-tolerant technology environments
  • Enable organizations to make better business decisions through reliable data analytics and intelligence
  • Perform proactive business risk management and solve problems
  • Develop strategies for mobile, cloud, and emerging environments such as the Internet of Things

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, penetration testing, and vulnerability assessments

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s):

Cybersecurity Technology Master'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.

Master's Courses

Foundation Course

  • CBR 600

Core Courses

  • CST 610
  • CST 620
  • CST 630
  • CST 640
  • CYB 670

Course Rules and Program Progression

  • 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 computer networks and cybersecurity, 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.

Other 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 our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to develop mission-focused digital strategies for organizations. Potential career fields include cybersecurity and technology architecture, information security, cybersecurity analysis and engineering, board advising, and cybersecurity consulting.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

You are expected to have a strong understanding of information technology, computer networks, databases, and the internet. This background may be acquired through noncredit preparatory coursework, listed below.

If you do not have such IT knowledge or experience, you are strongly advised to take the noncredit course ASC 605 first. Taking ASC 601 is recommended to help improve writing skills.

Facts & Figures

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.

    Type: Honor society
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Upsilon Pi Epsilon is the international honor society for the computing and information disciplines. Formed in 1967, the purpose of Upsilon Pi Epsilon is to promote the computing and information sciences and to encourage the enhancement of knowledge in the field. Upsilon Pi Epsilon is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in the computing and information disciplines.

Additional Information

Technology Requirements

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

  • Microphone and speakers or headset with microphone or equivalent device
  • 5 GB of free hard drive space
  • 2 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 7 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.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Program

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.

Whom 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 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.