Cybersecurity is hot on campus

University of Maryland University College's curriculum draws a lot of applicants

Times are hard and jobs are scarce, but cybersecurity is a growth industry, and the bachelor's and master's degree programs offered for the first time this fall by the University of Maryland University College are attracting hundreds of applicants, the school said.

The school did not provide specific numbers but said the applications are pouring in.

The University of Maryland announced the programs earlier this year in response to efforts to establish the university as a cybersecurity hub. The state already is the home of the National Security Agency and newly created Cyber Command, which is expected to create more than 20,000 military and civilian cybersecurity jobs.

The university created the degree programs with input from industry to provide practical and theoretical training. The bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity will require 120 credits, including 33 credits of coursework in the major, and students can take the courses online or through a combination of online study and on-site instruction. Master's degrees are available in cybersecurity and cybersecurity policy, each of which will require 36 credits of coursework offered through six six-credit online courses. Students also must complete internship programs.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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Reader Comments

Thu, Aug 11, 2011

I am in the Cyber Security program at UMUC and the professors are professionals that work for D.O.D or NSA or NASA. These men and women no what they are talking about. Because I rather have someone teach me something that they work best at than to have someone that has a ph.d in the field or research. Cyber Security is for non and experienced professionals in the field of IT. Get Smart folks.

Thu, Aug 5, 2010 Editor

Editor's Note: The program is run by UMUC – University of Maryland University College, which, despite the similar name and location, is separate from the U of Md. You can get info on the program at

Wed, Aug 4, 2010

response to Lori in Baltimore - University of Maryland University College is not the same as University of Maryland. You need to go to, not

Wed, Aug 4, 2010 Lori Baltimore

I've done a quick search on the University's website, and could not find information on this program. Do you have a link to the site that provides information on the program?

Tue, Aug 3, 2010 Niels

What's the profile of the teachers ? Are they experienced infosec professionals / penetration testers / hackers ?

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