In UMGC’s bachelor’s degree program in cybersecurity management and policy, you can prepare to become a leader in the protection of data. Our cybersecurity students frequently take first place in cyber competitions. This innovative, world-class program uses a multidisciplinary approach—drawing from fields such as management, law, science, business, technology, and psychology—to provide you with the most current knowledge and skills for protecting critical cyber infrastructure and assets.

UMGC 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.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Cybersecurity Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree

We’ve developed our cybersecurity management and policy program in conjunction with top employers to be relevant to your career growth. Industry experts consult on emerging topics, our faculty lend their extensive field experience, and an advisory board of senior executives ensure that you’ll train for the highest level of information assurance.

You’ll learn 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 cybersecurity management, and emerging technologies, taught by senior staff, managers, and executives in the cybersecurity field, so you’ll benefit from their firsthand knowledge and experience.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Protect an organization’s critical information and assets by ethically integrating cybersecurity best practices and risk management throughout an enterprise
  • Integrate continuous monitoring and real-time security solutions with information collection, sharing, collaboration, and analysis capabilities to improve situational awareness and deployment of countermeasures in industry and government
  • Evaluate and assess the use of technology to support cybersecurity goals and objectives
  • Participate in forensic analysis of cyber incidents and assist in recovery of operations
  • Formulate, update, and communicate short- and long-term organizational cybersecurity strategies and policies

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Write various cybersecurity-related documents, including security policies, disaster recovery plans, and executive briefs
  • Analyze standards, best practices, and regulations in the cybersecurity field
  • Identify, investigate, and evaluate next-generation and newly emerging technologies that have the potential to support or improve cybersecurity and protect against threats

Industry Certification

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

  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)

Cybersecurity Management and Policy 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

  • CSIA 300
  • IFSM 304
  • CMIT 265
  • CMIT 320
  • CSIA 310
  • CSIA 350
  • CSIA 360
  • CSIA 413
  • CSIA 459
  • CMIT 425
  • CSIA 485

Electives

The bachelor's degree in cybersecurity management and policy requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

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 later course)

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 107
    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

At least 17 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you develop skills to manage people and the technologies required to protect information, information systems, and infrastructures, including the nation's critical cyber infrastructures. It is ideal if you want to leverage your previous work experience to move into a team leader, supervisor, or management position within a corporate organization or government agency.

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Special Designations

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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