Develop next-generation skills to combat cyber threats with a graduate certificate in cybersecurity technology.
The cybersecurity technology graduate certificate at University of Maryland University College is an innovative program that provides you with the most current knowledge and skills for protecting critical cyber infrastructure and assets.
Perfect for midcareer professionals but assuming no previous experience in cyber security or computer science, the graduate certificate in cyber security technology can help give you the technical skills to take your public- or private-sector career to the next level.
These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2016–2017 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.
About the Cybersecurity Technology Graduate Certificate
The graduate certificate in cybersecurity technology curriculum features emerging topics in the field and was developed with the help of an advisory board of senior security executives, so what you're learning is on the cutting edge of cyber security.
The cybersecurity technology certificate program also builds in many opportunities for you to interact with employers by inviting frequent guest speakers and hosting recruitment and networking events.
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Identify system vulnerabilities and solve problems with intrusion detection tactics
- Lead successful teams with advanced project management skills
- Employ cyber prevention and mitigation techniques
- Apply cyber security risk management framework to mobility, databases, and critical infrastructure
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Use protocol analyzers, intrusion detection systems, intrusion prevention systems, networking mapping tools, encryption/decryption tools, and password cracking tools
- Perform vulnerability assessments
Cybersecurity Technology Graduate Certificate 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.
- CBR 600
- CYB 610
- CST 620
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.
If you wish to improve your graduate writing skills, you may take ASC 601.
If you want to brush up on your introductory computing skills, you may take ASC 605.
If you have not taken programming courses previously, you are strongly encouraged to take ASC 609.
- To pursue a certificate program, you must be admitted as a UMUC student.
- You are responsible for notifying UMUC of your intention to complete certificate work before completion of your last course.
- If you apply credits from your graduate certificate to a related master's degree, then you must apply for your certificate once you have completed its requirements before finishing the master's requirements.
- All required coursework for the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of B (3.0). Certificate courses cannot be taken pass/fail.
- All graduate certificate requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years. Any transfer credits, if applicable, must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate certificate.
Facts & Figures
Alum James Sobel speaks about the high quality of UMUC's cybersecurity programs.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
The Computing Club allows its student members to share experiences and offer each other guidance on academic major and career options. Club events provide opportunities for professional socialization and networking, and members are privy to club resources that will help them further their education and careers.
Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
The Cyber Padawans represent UMUC 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
- 1st place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Global Cyberlympics | 2014
- 1st place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | North American Cyberlympics | 2014
- 1st place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Maryland Cyber Challenge | 2014
- 1st place, Worldwide Overall Undergraduate Division | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center Digital Forensics Challenge | 2013
- 1st place, Collegiate and Pro Divisions | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Maryland Cyber Challenge | 2013
- 2nd place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Global Cyberlympics | 2012
- 1st place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | North American Cyberlympics | 2012
- 1st place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Maryland Digital Forensics Investigation Challenge | 2012
About the Faculty
Our world-class faculty members combine academic credentials with a wealth of experience in the field.
Faculty members in this program hold or have recently held positions including
- Assistant attorney general
- Assistant deputy undersecretary
- Chief information officer
- Chief information security officer
- Chief technology officer
- Cryptologic manager
- Deputy chief, cyber security operations
- Director, server operations group
- IT director
- Team lead, cyber threat analysis
- Technical director, security engineering and testing
Our faculty work or have worked at organizations including
- Defense Information Systems Agency
- General Dynamics
- Lucent Technologies
- National Biomedical Research Foundation
- National Security Agency
- Transportation Security Agency
- Science Applications International Corporation
- State of Maryland
- State University of New York
- The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
- U.S. Department of Defense
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security