How to Apply: Accelerated BS/MPS in Cybersecurity

The application deadline for Spring 2020 is December 1st 
Spring 2020 Classes Start: January 27, 2020

For students who are eager to gain skills that will make them competitive candidates in the Cybersecurity job market, our accelerated BS/MPS program is the ideal solution.

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UMBC undergraduate students have the option of applying to the accelerated BS/MPS Cybersecurity program in their junior or senior year and may take up to nine graduate credits that can be applied to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students benefit by shortening the time to degree completion, experience the cost savings of taking graduate courses at undergraduate tuition rates, experience flexible learning options (some courses taught in evening or in hybrid format) and gain practical knowledge and skills.


Admissions Requirements for the Cybersecurity Accelerated BS/MPS Program

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.  (An average of 3.5 or higher in computer science courses)
  • Students typically apply to the Accelerated BS/MPS after completing CMSC 313, 331 and 341. 
    Students are required to complete the following courses before applying:
    • Math 151,152, 221
    • CMSC 201, 202, 203
    • CMSC 313, 331, 341
  • Maintain good academic standing throughout the duration of undergraduate degree.

Application Process

  • Complete Accelerated BS/MPS in Cybersecurity program application:
  • Complete the Graduate School Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Application Form
  • Submit copy of undergraduate transcripts to Graduate School
  • Submit required documentation to your CSEE Undergraduate Advisor for preliminary review and approval. If approved your application will be reviewed by the Cybersecurity Graduate Program Director and a final admission decision will be made.
  • Once approved, complete the Approval for Undergraduates to take Courses for Graduate Credit.
  • One semester prior to completion of your bachelor’s degree, submit an application for the Master’s of Professional Studies: Cybersecurity program to the Graduate School. The graduate school application fee is waived ($50 online/$70 paper).
  • Once admitted to the MPS of Cybersecurity, complete transfer of credits form to Graduate School for nine credits.

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