Cybersecurity (M.S.)

The need for cybersecurity professionals in the region has been growing rapidly, and the demand is staggering! In the Washington, D.C., metro area alone, there are more than 47,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs, and in the Baltimore metro area, the number exceeds 10,000 unfilled positions. The new program provides students with a comprehensive cybersecurity education and will produce graduates with the knowledge and skills required to fill advanced technical and management positions in cybersecurity. The program addresses the core subject areas and skill sets identified in the Cybersecurity Workforce Framework by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS).

Who is it for?

This master’s program is accessible to both technical and non-technical students with a bachelor’s degree. Students with a technical background will jump right in the core program courses while students without technical backgrounds can take two accelerated “bridge” courses to get a common foundation and continue with robust subject matter training necessary in today’s cybersecurity job market.

Enrollments are on a rolling basis, so students can start at either the fall or the spring semesters. This program meets the needs of working students who study on a part-time basis and is also suitable for full-time study . An international student who must have full-time status and who enters the program without prior completion of the foundation courses may need to take additional courses that are not part of the program in order to maintain that status when beginning the program. In this case, we will assist the student to enroll in courses in other related areas, such as mathematics. These supplementary courses will not count towards the degree completion.

Externally Linked Capstone Project

The program includes a capstone project linked to local industry and government partners. Students will work with faculty and partners to develop suitable research and project questions; collect data; design systems; develop software, protocols, methods and techniques; synthesize their findings or work artifacts into a final product; and present their findings to the partners and scholarly venues.

Graduates of our programs have been very successful in pursuing employment and further study. They are well positioned for advancement and success in their careers. Graduates work in technical and managerial positions at organizations such as National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Program Resources, Inc., Tracor, Inc., IBM, GTE Government Systems, Bechtel Corporation, and others.

Program Requirements

For program requirements, see the Hood College Catalog entry (opens in a new tab).

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