Develop the cybersecurity management, policy, governance, and technical skills required to prepare for rapid career growth with our nationally recognized program in cybersecurity management and policy.
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
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
This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams:
- CompTIA Network+
- CompTIA Security+
- Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
Cybersecurity Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree Requirements
A degree with a major in cybersecurity management and policy 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
- Cybersecurity for Leaders and Managers (3 Credits, CSIA 300)
- Ethics in Information Technology (3 Credits, IFSM 304)
- Fundamentals of Networking (3 Credits, CMIT 265)
- Network Security (3 Credits, CMIT 320)
- Cybersecurity Processes and Technologies (3 Credits, CSIA 310)
- Cybersecurity in Business and Industry (3 Credits, CSIA 350)
- Cybersecurity in Government Organizations (3 Credits, CSIA 360)
- Cybersecurity Policy, Plans, and Programs (3 Credits, CSIA 413)
- Evaluating Emerging Technologies (3 Credits, CSIA 459)
- Advanced Information Systems Security (3 Credits, CMIT 425)
- Practical Applications in Cybersecurity Management and Policy (3 Credits, CSIA 485)
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
- 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 later course)
- 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
- College Mathematics (3 Credits, MATH 103)
or other approved math or statistics 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
The bachelor's degree in cybersecurity management and policy requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.
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.
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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