How to Apply: Accelerated BS/MPS in Cybersecurity

Spring 2022 Application Deadline: December 15, 2021
Spring 2022 Semester Begins: January 31, 2022

Fall 2022 Application Deadline: August 1, 2022
Fall 2022 Semester Begins: August 30, 2022

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

  • Must be a junior or senior at UMBC
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic standing throughout the duration of your undergraduate degree.

The Accelerated Bachelors/MPS Cybersecurity program is open to all undergraduate students.

While most BS / MPS students are from the College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT), students from outside COEIT who also have an overall GPA of 3.0 may apply via the Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy option. If admitted, such students may take CYBR 620, 621, 622, and/or 623 to begin graduate cybersecurity studies while still an undergraduate student. Non-COEIT students who believe they are qualified to pursue a more technical cybersecurity opportunities should contact the cybersecurity GPD to discuss their interests.

Students from the Department of Information Systems (IS) must contact their Undergraduate Program Director to confirm their eligibility before applying to the BS/MPS program.

Application Process

In one package please assemble:

  • Complete the Graduate School Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Application Form
  • Undergraduate transcripts (Recommendations are not required)
  • Students from the Department of Information Systems (IS) must contact their Undergraduate Program Director to confirm their eligibility before applying to the BS/MPS program

After Admission

Submit this documentation to your Undergraduate Advisor/Program Director for preliminary review and approval. If approved, then submit to the CYBR program where a final admission decision will be made.

Once admitted, complete the Approval for Undergraduates to take Courses for Graduate Credit form for each 600-level security course you are taking to ensure you receive graduate credit as well.   Admitted CMSC students must take CMSC 626 (Principles of Computer Security) instead of CYBR 620 (Introduction to Cybersecurity) and may count 600-level CMSC cybersecurity electives toward their BS/MPS credits in addition to CYBR courses.

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 Cybersecurity MPS, complete the Graduate School’s Credit Transfer form for up to nine credits to reflect the CYBR courses you took as an undergraduate. Please note that only graduate courses completed with a B or higher are eligible to be transferred into the CYBR MPS.

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