Earn a Cybersecurity master’s degree or graduate certificate that prepares you to face cybersecurity challenges

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We offer three levels of admission depending upon the academic background, academic performance, and professional experience of the applicant.  Please note that three letters of recommendation (preferably professional letters) are required for admission.

All Levels
  • Completion of ENEE150 or equivalent 
Full Admission

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, GPA of 3.0 or better, in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or physics from an accredited institution.

Provisional Admission

Applicants must have a degree, GPA of 3.0 or better, in a closely related field of study, such as information technology, information assurance, and computer information systems and must also possess at least one of the following certifications:

  • CompTIA Security+
  • Certified Ethical Hacker

Applicants admitted with provisional admission are required to earn a "B" or better in their first two to four courses. 

Non-Degree-Seeking (GRAD) Student Admission

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, GPA of 3.0 or better, in other fields of study closely related to information technology, information assurance, or computer information systems, one of the above mentioned certifications, and at least two years of post-graduate work experience in IT or a related field.  To qualify for this admission, applicants must submit a detailed description of their technical work experience as a personal statement attached to the Supplementary Application section of the application.  This option is based on an individual's application. 

Applicants admitted as non-degree-seeking students will need to complete two core courses with at least a B or better in each course in order to be considered for provisional admission later. 

For a complete list of admission requirements, visit the Application Process page. Completed applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Master of Engineering: 30 Credits or 10 Courses

Students earning a Master of Engineering in cybersecurity take four core courses, two Cybersecurity electives, and four technical electives. Any non pre-approved technical electives must be approved by an academic advisor prior to registering. There is no research or thesis required for this degree.  

Graduate Certificate in Engineering: 12 Credits or 4 Courses

Students are encouraged to choose four courses from the cybersecurity core courses and should consult with their advisor prior to registering.

  • ENPM685, Security Tools for Information Security
  • ENPM686, Information Assurance
  • ENPM691, Hacking of C programs and Unix Binaries
  • ENPM693, Network Security
  • ENPM694, Networks and Protocols
  • ENPM695, Secure Operating Systems 

Degree Planning Sheets

All students are expected to complete a preliminary course plan for their intended degree program (10-course for MEng or 4-course for GCEN) with the Senior Academic Advisor by the end of their first semester of study. The Degree Planning Sheet lists the core and technical elective requirements for each program, and all courses that are pre-approved for that program. Alternative technical electives must be approved by the same academic advisor. 

Degree planning sheets for all academic programs can be found here.

Students in this program pay a special tuition rate, which does not differ between residents and non-residents of Maryland. This rate is not fully covered by graduate assistantships, fellowships or tuition remission. Additional graduate student fees are charged. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

MAGE students are assessed the MAGE tuition rates, on campus / remote sites and online as it applies, when enrolled in Professional Master of Engineering (ENPM), Engineering (ENGR) and Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) courses only. MAGE students taking any course outside of ENPM, ENGR or CMNS are assessed the tuition appropriate to the particular course’s tuition rate and/or student's residency status, that is, in-state or out-of-state.

This program does not provide departmental assistantships or fellowships. Loans, work-study and need-based grants for citizens and permanent residents with demonstrated financial need may submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by appropriate FAFSA deadlines. MAGE students can also apply for an administrative graduate assitantship. Additional resources for graduate students are available here


Fall 2021 - Summer 2022 Tuition and Fees
College Park
Tuition: $1049.00 per credit hour
Fees: $417.50 for part-time (1 - 8 credits) graduate students taking classes at the College Park campus. This amount includes a $76.50 technology fee.
  $817.50 for full-time (9 or more credits) graduate students taking classes at the College Park campus. This amount includes a $153.00 technology fee.
(Tuition x Credit Hours + Fees) One course: $1049.00 x 3 = $3,147.00 + $417.50 = $3,564.50
  Two courses: $1049.00 x 6 = $6294.00 + $417.50 = $6,711.50
  Three courses: $1049.00 x 9 = $9441.00 + $817.50 = $10,258.50
Remote Sites in Maryland  
Tuition: $1049.00 per credit hour
Fees: $150.00 per class for courses taken via DETS at remote sites, plus a $76.50 technology fee.
(Tuition x Credit Hours + DETS Fees + Technology Fee) One course: $1049.00 x 3 =  $3147.00 + $150.00 + $76.50 = $3,373.50
  Two courses: $1049.00 x 6 = $6294.00 + $300.00 + $76.50 = $6,670.50
  Three courses: $1049.00 x 9 = $9441.00 + $450.00 + $153.00 = $10,044.00
Online Courses/Programs  
Tuition: $1,297.00 per credit hour
Fees: $76.50 Technology Fee for part-time. $153.00 for full-time.
(Tuition x Credit Hours + Technology fee) One course - $1,297.00 x 3 = $3,891.00 + $76.50 = $3,967.50
  Two courses - $1,297.00 x 6 = $7,782.00 + $76.50 = $7,858.50
  Three courses - $1,297.00 x 9 = $11,673.00 + $153.00 = $11,826.00


Tuition Fees, Billing and Payment Information

Additional Information

  • Note regarding Summer Semesters: All students who register for undergrad courses with Office of Extended Studies sections are subject to the summer deadlines. Graduate courses and those with non-Office of Extended Studies sections are subject to the regular billing deadlines as stated on the monthly statements from Student Financial Services, generally the 20th of the month.
  • ENPM Students taking BMGT Courses: The Robert H. Smith School of Business charges differential (higher) tuition to all students who enroll in master's level (600-799) courses. Taking the differential tuition into account in course planning is a student's individual responsibility. Please visit the Smith School of Business website that contains detailed information on the differential tuition rate for both in-state and out-of-state students.
  • Please note that Advanced Special Students will pay either the in-state or out-of-state graduate tuition rate based on their current status. If you are unsure of your status, please contact the Residency Classification Office.
  • Please note that any student enrolled in an online course will pay the online tuition rate ($1,272.00/credit hour and $76.50 technology fee) regardless of their status (including Advanced Special Students).
  • International Students: Effective Fall 2017, the University of Maryland (UMD) began charging a fee of $125 per semester for all newly enrolled students requiring an I-20 issued by the University or degree seeking students in J-1 status.   Students  enrolled in an academic program operating on the 12-week calendar, who require an I-20 isssued by UMD  or a DS-2019 will be charged a fee of $62.50 per term.  UMD will use the revenue from this fee to enhance support for our international students to include improved academic support, expanded assistance for students transitioning to the U.S. and international student-focused cultural events to foster an engaged, supportive community.

Program Content Advisor

Dr. Gang Qu

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
(301) 405-6703

Admissions Contact

Caitlin Gover


Maryland Cybersecurity Center

The Maryland Cybersecurity Center is unique in its comprehensive approach to cybersecurity education, research, and technology development, stressing "more-than-tech," interdisciplinary solutions. The center brings together experts from computer science and engineering with colleagues from across campus to establish broad-based cybersecurity initiatives. 

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