Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Approved

by George Dimitoglou, Associate Professor of Computer Science

The Maryland Higher Education Commission has approved our new Master of Science in Cybersecurity, and there is a lot of excitement about the career opportunities it will give our students.

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).

The most distinct characteristic of this master’s program is that it is accessible for 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. 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.

Enrollments are on a rolling basis, so prospective students can start at either the fall or the spring semesters. We are already processing applications for classes starting on Aug. 21. For more information or help with enrolling, contact the Graduate School at 301-696-3600 or gofurther@hood.edu.

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