Cybersecurity Technology Master's Degree

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 exams

Cybersecurity Technology Master's Degree Requirements

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I get from the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Technology?

This program will help you develop your skills and competencies in implementation of technology measures to protect an organization’s network and computer assets from intrusions. The program focuses on techniques and technologies of cyber defense. The program will require that you become adept with computer and network technologies at a high level.

Who is the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Technology geared toward?

This program is for those who want do the technological implementation of measures and processes to protect networks and computer assets within an organization. It is intended to develop those who do the actual hands-on work and those who manage them.

What do I need to do to succeed in the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Technology?

This program is open to anyone and while you do not need a specific background in IT, it is certainly very helpful. If you do not have a background in IT, it is strongly recommended that you take our non-credit preparation courses in information technology and coding. These will give you a foundation that will help you succeed in the program.

Specialized Program Accreditation

UMUC 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.

Cybersecurity Program Recognition

UMUC 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

6K+

national job openings for entry-level cybersecurity specialists/technicians as of June 2016

Source

Source: CyberSeek | "Cybersecurity Career Pathway"  | 2016

12K+

national job openings for midlevel penetration and vulnerability testers

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Source: CyberSeek | "Cybersecurity Career Pathway"  | 2016

5 of 6

cybersecurity jobs require a degree

Source

Source: Burning Glass International | "Job Market Intelligence: Cyber Security Jobs"  | 2015

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