How to Apply: Cybersecurity Certificates

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

Are you ready to start exploring cybersecurity with UMBC’s leading faculty? Start preparing your application here!


Admissions Requirements

There are no specific constraints on the type of undergraduate degree required for this certificate. In general, applicants should understand the basic concepts and operation of the Internet, networked information systems, and have a basic familiarity with information security concepts and/or practices. These general requirements usually can be satisfied with one or more courses in related areas or through documented professional experience. Those with a background in computer science or information systems, or those with significant professional experience in the IT industry, are encouraged to apply.

  • GRE scores are not required for admission
  • Applicants should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (Applicants with an appropriate level of knowledge and professional experience in the IT or cybersecurity fields are strongly encouraged to apply).
  • Current resume
  • Statement outlining the student’s goals and expectations in the program. This is an opportunity for applicants to further explain their background and qualifications for the program and provide any additional information about themselves or their career experience that they feel will benefit the evaluation of their application.
  • Official transcripts are required.
  • International students who earned a degree outside of the U.S. are required to submit English proficiency scores.
    • TOEFL score requirements: 597 (Written), 247 (computerized), 99 (iBT). Scores must be less than 2 years old.
    • iBT Score Breakdown: Writing (23), Listening (23), Reading (25), Speaking (28, 23 acceptable if have 2 years’ work experience in supervisory or managment position in the U.S.)
    • IELTS Score:  Minimum score of 7.5 required

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Application Process

Applications for the Master’s program are accepted for the Fall and Spring semesters:

  1. Apply online – Select Application for Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program
    • Submit your statement of goals as an attachment in the “Academic Goals and Research Interests” section
    • Recommendations are optional. Please put N/A in these fields if you choose not to enter names of references.
    • Complete residency information to be reviewed for in-state tuition rates
  2. Request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions to be sent to UMBC Graduate School, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 or emailed to gradschool@umbc.edu.
  3. Submit resume to gradschool@umbc.edu or gambino@umbc.edu.

The following information is required to process your application:

  • Completed application including residency form (determines in-state tuition eligibility)
    • Use Program code PSCB for Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity Strategy & Policy
    • Use Program code PSCO for Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity Operations
    • Use Program code PSCF for Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Professional Studies: Digital Forensics
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume
  • Unoffical transcript(s) from each college university attended
  • Non-refundable application fee ($50 online)

Mailing Instructions

All application documents should be mailed to: 
UMBC Graduate School, MPS: Cybersecurity 
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

If you require further assistance, please contact Dustin Hodgson.

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