Prepare for the future by developing the next generation of advanced cyber threat prevention skills in this nationally recognized program.

Cybersecurity technology underpins the success of organizations and national critical infrastructures. Modern executives need to be able to use that technology, as well as people and policy, to minimize risks while ensuring success for their organizations. They also need to balance risks and opportunities holistically through an interdisciplinary lens. This innovative graduate program offers that wide perspective, providing a blend of people, policy, and technology skills to prepare the modern digital strategists that organizations need.

About the Cybersecurity Technology Master's Degree

The cybersecurity technology curriculum features emerging topics and projects that develop the skills and knowledge employers are seeking. It also provides the opportunity to interact with employers through conferences and recruitment and networking events. In your courses, you will also have access to a state-of-the-art technology lab to strengthen your practical understanding of the concepts discussed. Faculty with experience in the field serve as coaches throughout your courses. Additionally, a board of industry leaders and employers advises our faculty to make sure our cybersecurity programs are covering emerging areas that are relevant to your career growth.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Tailor digital strategies to the mission of an organization
  • Understand how to balance the use of people, policy, and technology
  • Understand how to analyze, think critically, and improve perpetually
  • Be a cybersecurity technology leader in the modern world
  • Develop a cybersecurity technology strategy for an organization
  • Build cybersecurity technology environments and operations
  • Develop resilient and highly fault-tolerant technology environments
  • Enable organizations to make better business decisions through reliable data analytics and intelligence
  • Perform proactive business risk management and solve problems
  • Develop strategies for mobile, cloud, and emerging environments such as the Internet of Things

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Use protocol analyzers, intrusion detection systems, intrusion prevention systems, network mapping tools, network scanning tools, encryption/decryption tools, digital forensics tools, and password exploitation tools
  • Perform ethical hacking and vulnerability assessments

Industry Certification

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

Cybersecurity Technology Master'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.

Master's Courses

Criteria for Program Progression

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. Your course syllabus will explain options for and consequences of requesting an Incomplete.

Core Courses

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

Core Rules & Recommendations

You may transfer exactly 6 credits toward this program if you earned those credits at an approved institution and the course content is equivalent to the introductory course. Fill out a Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation to find out if your credits may transfer.

Other Requirements

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. Your course syllabus will explain options for and consequences of requesting an Incomplete.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to develop mission-focused digital strategies for organizations. Potential career fields include cybersecurity and technology architecture, information security, cybersecurity analysis and engineering, board advising, and cybersecurity consulting.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

You are expected to have a strong understanding of information technology, computer networks, databases, and the internet. This background may be acquired through noncredit preparatory coursework.

If you do not have such IT knowledge or experience, you are strongly advised to take the noncredit course ASC 605 first. Taking ASC 601 is recommended to help improve writing skills.

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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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