How to Apply: Cybersecurity Certificates

Application Deadline(s)

Fall 2024: August 1, 2024
Spring 2025: December 1 , 2024

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

At a Glance



Locations Offered

  • UMBC Campus (Catonsville)
  • Shady Grove (Rockville)

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. Starting September 2024, applicants will be required to answer these items from four short questions in place of the Personal Essay.
    • 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 “Personal Statement” section
    • This program has an option between campus locations. You may choose to apply to the Main UMBC Campus, or the Shady Grove campus located in Rockville, MD. Please indicate which campus location you want to take classes at on the Program Specific section of the application.
    • 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
  3. Submit resume to

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
  • Personal statement or four short answer questions after September 2024
  • Current resume
  • Unoffical transcript(s) from each college university attended
  • Non-refundable application fee ($50 online)

Currently Enrolled Master’s Students

If you are currently enrolled at UMBC and interested in applying for this post-baccalaureate certificate, you may apply by filling out an Application for Enrollment in a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program. Use Professional Programs,, for the program coordinator’s information. For questions about the process, please contact

Mailing Instructions

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

If you require further assistance, please send an email to for Main UMBC Campus applications or for UMBC-Shady Grove campus applications.

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