The graduate certificate program in cybersecurity technology at University of Maryland Global Campus provides you with the most current knowledge and skills for protecting critical cyber infrastructure and assets. In this program, you'll learn concepts, real-world applications, and practical skills you can apply on the job right away. The 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 cybersecurity.

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.

About the Cybersecurity Technology Graduate Certificate

What You'll Learn

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 cybersecurity risk management framework to mobility, databases, and critical infrastructure

Coursework Examples

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.

Required Courses

  • CBR 600
  • CST 610
  • CST 620

Course Rules and Program Progression

  • 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. 

Vertical Pathway

If you complete the computer networks and cybersecurity bachelor's degree at UMGC, you could be eligible to reduce your graduate coursework with a vertical pathway.

Overall Certificate Requirements

Initial Requirements

  • CBR 600 or DCL 600
  • CBR 600 or DCL 600 must be taken as the first course for the certificate.
  • The required initial course is listed as part of the certificate required classes.

Overall Graduate Certificate Requirements

  • You must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • You may pursue a degree and certificate simultaneously or pursue a degree after completing the certificate.
  • No more than 6 credits may be earned through transfer from other schools.
  • You must satisfy all required prerequisites for certificate courses. You may need to fulfill some prerequisites before beginning certificate coursework.
  • You must complete all required coursework with a minimum grade of B (3.0) in all courses.
  • Certificate courses may not be taken pass/fail.
  • Graduate students may only complete certificates at the graduate level.

Time Limits for Graduate Certificates

You must complete the requirements for a graduate certificate within five consecutive years. The time limit is calculated from the term in which you successfully complete the first credit course that applies to the program. It does not include the introductory courses DCL 600 and CBR 600 but does include courses transferred from other institutions.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to take your cyber career to the next level.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

This program is designed for midcareer professionals or those new to the field. If you do not have work experience in information technology, computer networks, or databases, we strongly recommend you take ASC 605. If you have not taken programming courses, we strongly encourage you to take ASC 609. We recommend ASC 601 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

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