M.P.S. in Cybersecurity

The Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.): Cybersecurity is a 30-credit graduate program that will provide an advanced-level of education to professionals working or interested in the region's cybersecurity industry.

Through the UMBC Cybersecurity Master’s Program, students learn the origins, nature and current issues in cybersecurity. The program equips students with a strong understanding of the technical components of the cybersecurity field and in-depth knowledge of cybersecurity strategy, policy and management. With exposure to both research faculty and industry practitioners, students will acquire the latest knowledge and skills that will prepare them to make meaningful contributions to the field.

With reputation, industry relevance and convenient locations, including at The Universities at Shady Grove, UMBC is uniquely positioned to provide education and training that respond to the region’s need for qualified technical professionals in the cybersecurity field.

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Program Requirements

The ten-course master's degree combines courses in cybersecurity strategy, policy, and management with more technical, hands-on cybersecurity courses that allow students to develop a formal educational program that best meets their individual career development needs. Students must complete 10 courses (30 credits) as follows:

  • 7 required core courses (3 core cybersecurity, 4 management)
  • 3 elective cybersecurity courses

Core Courses

  • CYBR 620 Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • CYBR 623 Cybersecurity Law & Policy
  • CYBR 624 Cybersecurity Project
  • CYBR 650 Managing Cybersecurity Operations
  • ENMG 652 Management, Leadership, and Communication
  • ENMG 658 Financial Management OR ENMG 672 Decision and Risk Analysis

One additional management elective approved by the Cybersecurity Graduate Program Director, such as:

  • ENMG 654 Leading Teams & Organizations
  • ENMG 659 Strategic Management
  • ENMG 661 Leading Virtual Global Teams

Elective Courses

Choose three of the following courses:

  • CMSC 687 Introduction to Network Security
  • CMPE 685 Principles of Communications Networks
  • CYBR 621 Cyber Warfare
  • CYBR 622 Global Cyber Capabilities and Trends
  • CYBR 691 Special Topics


In general, minimum requirements for the Cybersecurity program are set at a 3.0 GPA from an accredited undergraduate program. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission to the program. Students will need to adhere to the application procedures set by UMBC's Graduate School. For full degree seeking students, this means: an application, official transcripts, a personal statement, resume, and the graduate application fee. Students are encouraged to apply online.

For more information on how to apply online, click here.

Program Contact

Dr. Rick Forno

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