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Bachelor's Degrees in Cyber Security

UMUC's undergraduate programs in cyber security deliver the academic focus you need to excel in the industry.

UMUC's bachelor's degree programs in cyber security and computer networks and security are designed to help you reach your career goals.

S. K. BhaskarA Message from Assistant Dean S. K. Bhaskar, PhD

Cyber security plays a crucial role in today's life. Computers and computing are virtually indispensable to every aspect of modern society. Being aware of potential risks and protecting these crucial pillars of modern life is the focus of cyber security.

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Bhaskar, UMUC Faculty

From the Desk of the Assistant Dean

A message from Assistant Dean S. K. Bhaskar, PhD

Cyber security plays a crucial role in today's life. Computers and computing are virtually indispensable to every aspect of modern society. Being aware of potential risks and protecting these crucial pillars of modern life is the focus of cyber security.

Cyber security is a complex and multi-faceted area of study with enormous job potential for the foreseeable future. UMUC's undergraduate degrees in cyber security feature an interdisciplinary approach to prepare students for careers as managers and leaders in information assurance, system security administration and a wide range of other opportunities in this fast-growing field.

UMUC Cybersecurity programs have been reviewed by nationally respected leaders in cyber security, and program outcomes were developed with input from leaders in federal and state government agencies, certification agencies and the private sector. In addition, our faculty members are professionals with practical experience in cyber security—many hold positions in leading IT firms and government agencies.

By enrolling at UMUC, you will join an extremely talented group of students who are committed to addressing the cyber security needs of their communities, country and the world at large.

S.K. Bhaskar, PhD

Assistant Dean, Computer Information Systems and Technology, The Undergraduate School

S. K. Bhaskar joined UMUC in 1998 after serving as senior programmer and analyst at SRA Technologies Inc. He holds an MS from the School of Automation, Indian Institute of Science, in Bangalore, India, and earned his PhD in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

The Major in Cybersecurity can help prepare you to be a leader in the protection of data assets.

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The curriculum focuses on the techniques, policies, operational procedures and technologies that secure and defend information systems in local and more broadly based domains. Courses include ethics in information technology, security policy analysis, network security, practical applications in cyber security management and evaluating emerging technologies.

Plus, this program can help prepare you for CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM), Certified Computer Examiner (CCE), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Mobile Forensic Certified Examiner (MFCE), and Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH) certifications.

Career Paths

  • Information systems security professional
  • Senior system manager
  • System administrator
  • More career paths

Bachelor of Science in Computer Networks and Security

The Major in Computer Networks and Security can help you to enter or advance in computer networking and information technology fields.

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The curriculum focuses on the operational procedures and technologies needed to design, implement, administer, secure and troubleshoot corporate networks. Courses include network security, digital forensics analysis, ethical hacking and computer troubleshooting.

Plus, this program can help prepare you for several of industry certifications, including CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA), GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Server Infrastructure, LPIC­1 and CompTIA Linux+, Certified Computer Examiner (CCE), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Mobile Forensic Certified Examiner (MFCE), Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), and Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH).

Career Paths

  • Network manager
  • Systems administrator
  • Computer forensics analyst
  • Server administrator
  • System analyst
  • Network security analyst
  • More career paths

Bachelor of Science in Software Development and Security

Major in Software Development and Security to learn the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career in secure programming and application security.

The curriculum focuses on developing skills in using multiple programming languages and relational databases and maintaining the security of all software-related components through the use of leading industry and government practices and recommendations.

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Coursework includes building secure web applications, detecting software vulnerabilities, database security, securing mobile applications, secure software engineering, and more.

Career Paths

  • Software development and security analyst
  • Software development and security managers
  • Application and software architect
  • Information security officers
  • Incident responders
  • More career paths

Minor in Cybersecurity

The undergraduate minor in cybersecurity can be added to the Bachelor of Science in Computer Networks and Security or other information technology majors.

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The cybersecurity minor complements a degree program by providing a study of the principles, issues and technologies pertinent to the field of cybersecurity. Courses include network security, digital forensics analysis, ethical hacking and information systems security.

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Learning from the Best

Jeff TjiputraJeff Tjiputra is academic director of Computer Networks and Security and of Cybersecurity in The Undergraduate School and is a member of the globally-ranked UMUC Cyber Padawans. He earned his Master of Liberal Studies in internetworking management from Fort Hays State University in Kansas and his DSc in systems engineering from the George Washington University. He serves on the advisory board for the upcoming GovSec Conference in Washington, D.C.