How to Apply: Cybersecurity Master’s

Spring 2020 Classes Start: January 27, 2020

Prepare yourself to excel in the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity by applying for UMBC’s Master’s program today!


Admissions Requrements

Applicants to the MPS degree program are expected to have current IT or cybersecurity industry experience and/or a solid academic background in computer science, information systems, or a field related to working in cybersecurity. Those without such backgrounds must demonstrate other relevant professional or academic expertise that may qualify them for admission.

  • GRE scores are not required for admission
  • A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Mathematics, or a related field.
  • 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.)
  • International applicants should refer to the International Admission Page for special admission information.

Application Process

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

  • Apply online
    • Select proposed program Cybersecurity  >> Cybersecurity (MPS)
    • 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
    • Be sure to indicate campus of choice
  • 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 as an attachment in the “Additional Admissions Documents” or submit to gradschool@umbc.edu.

Your application should include the following documents: (Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.)

  • Completed application including residency form (residency form determines in-state tuition eligibility)
  • Statement outlining the student’s goals and expectations in the program. This also 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.
  • Current resume (When applying online, upload your resume to the graduate school application.)
  • Recommendation letters (optional)
  • Official transcript(s) from each college & university attended
  • Non-refundable application fee ($50 online)

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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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