Secure your future while protecting crucial digital assets with a bachelor's degree in computer networks and cybersecurity.

In University of Maryland University College'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.

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

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

Students who complete this program may be eligible to reduce their total coursework for the following graduate degree and certificate programs by 6 credits:

  • Cybersecurity management and policy
  • Cybersecurity technology
  • Digital forensics and cyber investigation

About the Computer Networks and Cybersecurity Bachelor's Degree

The bachelor's degree program in computer networks and cybersecurity begins with courses designed to build your foundational IT skills. You'll then focus on the network security side of IT, learning Microsoft and Cisco technologies as well as other cybersecurity and digital forensics topics. Specifically, you'll write a proposal to design a network, including a plan to administer and maintain the network; learn how to install and configure advanced Windows server services; implement advanced server infrastructure; and troubleshoot IT problems.

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
  • Effectively communicate IT knowledge 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 UMUC 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

This program requires 33 credits of coursework in the major.

  • CMIT 202
  • CMIT 265
  • CMIT 320
  • CMIT 321
  • CMIT 350
  • CMIT 369
  • CMIT 391
  • CMIT 495
  • 9 credits of coursework chosen from 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.

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

Electives

This program requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework. We recommend MATH 140 (if you plan to go to graduate school) and IFSM 301 as part of your electives.

General Education Requirements

This program requires 41 credits of general education coursework.

Research and Computing Literacy

  • PACE 111T or other PACE 111 course
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • LIBS 150, CAPL 398A, or other general education elective
  • IFSM 201
    (prerequisite to major courses)

Communication

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 393 or other advanced upper-level writing course

Mathematics

  • MATH 107 or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.

  • You must complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor.
  • Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMUC:
    • 30 credits (normally the final 30)
    • Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
    • 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
  • At least 45 credits must be upper level and include at least half of the credits required for the major. The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum.
  • At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework.

Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions advisor before selecting a double major.

Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMUC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions advisor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.

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 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

  • 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 UMUC students. Additional opportunities, if available, will be made known to students.

CDFAE Certificates of Completion

UMUC 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@umuc.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.