Secure your future while protecting crucial digital assets with a bachelor’s degree in computer networks and cybersecurity.
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.
This program is also available as a minor.
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
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
- Manage and troubleshoot features of Windows Server operating systems, including Active Directory, DNS, Group Policy, Desktop Security, Remote Access, Windows Deployment, and User Accounts
- Design, develop, and write appropriate and effective technical documents
This program is designed to help prepare you for the following certification exams:
- Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)
- Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
- Cisco Certified Network Associate–Security (CCNA Security)
- Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
- CompTIA A+
- CompTIA Linux+ and LPIC-1
- CompTIA Network+
- CompTIA Security+
- Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH)
- IACIS Certified Mobile Device Examiner (ICMDE)
- Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)
- Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
Computer Networks and Cybersecurity Bachelor's Degree Requirements
A degree with a major in computer networks and cybersecurity requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 33 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 46 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 17 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.
Courses in the Major
- Fundamentals of Computer Troubleshooting (3 Credits, CMIT 202)
- Fundamentals of Networking (3 Credits, CMIT 265)
- Network Security (3 Credits, CMIT 320)
- Ethical Hacking (3 Credits, CMIT 321)
- Interconnecting Cisco Devices (3 Credits, CMIT 350)
- Window Server: Install and Storage (3 Credits, CMIT 369)
- Linux System Administration (3 Credits, CMIT 391)
- Current Trends and Projects in Computer Networks and Cybersecurity (3 Credits, 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:
- CMIT 370, CMIT 371, CMIT 372, and CMIT 373
- CMIT 451, CMIT 452, CMIT 453, and CMIT 454
- CMIT 370, CMIT 451, and CMIT 425
- CCJS 321, CMIT 424, CMIT 440, and CMIT 460
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 Computing Literacy Courses
- Program and Career Explorations for the Military Community (3 Credits, PACE 111M)
or Program and Career Exploration in Technology (3 Credits, PACE 111T)
or other PACE 111 course
(to be taken in first 6 credits)
- Introduction to Research (1 Credits, LIBS 150)
or Career Planning Management (1 Credits, CAPL 398A)
or other general education elective
- Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3 Credits, IFSM 201) (prerequisite to major courses)
- Academic Writing I (3 Credits, WRTG 111)
or Research Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 291)
or other writing course
- Academic Writing II (3 Credits, WRTG 112)
- Foundations of Oral Communication (3 Credits, SPCH 100)
or other communication, writing, or speech course
- Advanced Technical Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 393)
or other advanced upper-level writing course
Arts and Humanities Courses
- Western Civilization II (3 Credits, HIST 142)
or History of the United States Since 1865 (3 Credits, HIST 157)
or other arts and humanities course
- Film and American Culture Studies (3 Credits, ARTH 204)
or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
- Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credits, ECON 201)
or Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits, PSYC 100)
or other behavioral and social science course
- American Government (3 Credits, GVPT 170)
or other behavioral and social science course
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
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.
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.
Facts & Figures
most requested major among employers surveyed is computer and information sciences
Source: CareerBuilder | "Companies Planning to Hire More Recent College Graduates This Year and Pay Them Better" | 2015
openings for information security analysts each year in the United States
job openings seeking those with cybersecurity-related skills
Alum Chris Carpenter, an Air Force veteran with two associate degrees, turned to UMUC to complete the bachelor’s degree he needed for a promotion.