In UMGC’s award-winning program in computer networks and cybersecurity, 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 computer networks and cybersecurity curriculum integrates technical skill with communication skills and superior general education knowledge. Our cybersecurity students frequently take first place in cyber competitions.

UMGC was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. UMGC is also a designated National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) institution. 

These requirements are for students in the 2020-2021 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit ourcatalog archive.

About the Computer Networks and Cybersecurity Bachelor's Degree

The major 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 and examining 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
  • Communicate IT knowledge effectively 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
  • Design, develop, and write a penetration testing proposal using ethical hacking methods
  • Develop a proof of concept by building a virtual machine on the AWS cloud platform to host existing infrastructure
  • Develop a vulnerability management plan including a process to analyze vulnerabilities and recommend mitigating strategies

Industry Certification

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

  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner - Foundational
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
  • CERT Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH) 
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNAv7)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP-ENARSI)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP-ENCOR)
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Cloud
  • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)
  • CompTIA Linux+ and LPIC-1
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA PenTest+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • ED-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • (ISC)2  Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
  • (ISC)2  Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • ISFCE Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900)

Please note: Completion of a UMGC 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 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

  • CMIT 202
  • CMIT 265
  • CMIT 291
  • CMIT 320
  • CMIT 321
  • CMIT 326
  • CMIT 351
  • CMIT 495

Three upper-level courses chosen from any upper-level CMIT courses and CCJS 321 (9) — Focused study in Microsoft, Cisco, network security, or digital forensics recommended, as follows:


Degree Focus

Choose from one of these recommended groups of classes or mix and match to align with your career goals and interests.

Electives Focus

  • IFSM 301 (recommended)
  • MATH 140 (recommended, especially if you plan to go to graduate school)

General Education Requirements

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. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).

Research and Computer Literacy Courses

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

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291
    or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 393
    or other advanced upper-level writing course

Math Course

  • MATH 105
    or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • ARTH 204
    or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 201
    or PSYC 100
    or other behavioral and social science course
  • GVPT 170
    or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory courses
  • NUTR 100
    or BIOL 160
    or other science lecture course

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.

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Program Accreditation

Cybersecurity Program Recognition

UMGC has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security and as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the Defense Cyber Crime Center Academic Cyber Curriculum Alliance.

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