The Master of Science in cybersecurity management and policy at University of Maryland Global Campus can help you gain the tools you need to join the management track in cybersecurity so that you can establish, implement, and oversee a cybersecurity structure for an organization. Learn how to create a security approach that combines technology, governance, and compliance perspectives. Gain advanced knowledge in organizational structures, communication, operational business processes, and the legal framework for cybersecurity policy.

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

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Cybersecurity Management and Policy

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.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Understand multinational compliance requirements for cybersecurity
  • Apply risk analysis concepts and models to a variety of organizations
  • Incorporate cybersecurity into numerous organizations, including healthcare and financial services organizations
  • Create and establish cybersecurity frameworks in both the public and private sectors
  • Develop complete cybersecurity incident response plans
  • Play the role of a new chief financial officer tasked with performing a comprehensive analysis of a new S&P 500 company
  • Present a paper to a chief executive officer

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Develop a cybersecurity program for a government entity private-sector organization
  • Create cybersecurity policies for a government entity or private-sector organization
  • Perform a cybersecurity threat analysis, including a vulnerability assessment, and develop a risk management approach for a government entity or private-sector organization
  • Develop and determine cyber incident response procedures based on management best practices

Industry Certification

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

Cybersecurity Management and Policy 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.

Master's Courses

Core Courses

  • CBR 600
  • CMP 610
  • CMP 620
  • CMP 630
  • CMP 640
  • CYB 670

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • 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. 
  • The courses in this program will have seven-day and 60-day options for the grade of Incomplete.


Vertical Pathway

If you completed your undergraduate degree at UMGC with a major in computer networks and cybersecurity, a vertical pathway between UMGC's graduate and undergraduate degree programs in that field allows you to reduce your total coursework for this program by up to 6 credits.


Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you prepare to join the management team in a public- or private-sector cybersecurity organization and develop and oversee cybersecurity policy. Potential career fields include cybersecurity and policy, data protection, and information security.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

If you do not have work experience in information technology, an IT academic background, or IT certifications, we strongly recommend you take ASC 605, ASC 609, and ASC 611. These courses will give you a foundation that will help you succeed in the program. We recommend ASC 601 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

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