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

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Requirements specific to the cybersecurity program include:

  • 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.
  • Successful completion of the following course (or its equivalent):
    • ENEE150, Intermediate Programming for Engineers
  • Applicants with a degree in a closely related field of study, such as data science, information technology, information assurance, or computer information systems, must also possess at least one of the following certifications:
    • CompTIA Security+
    • Certified Ethical Hacker
  • International applicants must meet the full admission English proficiency score requirements (overall and individual subject scores) to be considered for the on-campus Master of Engineering in Cybersecurity program (PMCY). Those that fall within the score ranges for the English Bridge Program, Advanced English Writing Class, or Intensive English program will not be considered.

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 ENPM691 - Hacking of C Programs and Unix Binaries, three Cybersecurity 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.

Please note: 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. Other exceptions to this policy, such as differential tuition courses, are detailed in the "Additional Information" section below.


Fall 2023 - Summer 2024 Tuition and Fees
On Campus (College Park) Courses
Tuition: $1,130.00 per credit hour
Fees: $331.50 for part-time (1 - 8 credits) graduate students taking classes at the College Park campus. 
  $641.50 for full-time (9 or more credits) graduate students taking classes at the College Park campus.
(Tuition x Credit Hours + Fees) One course: $1,130.00 x 3 = $3,390.00 + $331.50 = $3,721.50
  Two courses: $1,130.00 x 6 = $6,780.00 + $331.50 = $7,111.50
  Three courses: $1,130.00 x 9 = $10,170.00 + $641.50 = $10,811.50
Online Courses  
Tuition: $1,394.00 per credit hour
Fees: N/A
(Tuition x Credit Hours) One course - $1,394.00 x 3 = $4,182.00
  Two courses - $1,394.00 x 6 = $8,364.00
  Three courses - $1,394.00 x 9 = $12,546.00


  • 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 non-ENPM courses with differential tuition: Some other courses throughout the University charge differential (higher) tuition to all students who enroll in specific courses. Often business courses (BMGT) fall under this category, as do courses like telecommunications (ENTS) and courses offered through the CMNS Science Academy (MSML, DATA, etc). Taking the differential tuition into account in course planning is a student's individual responsibility as ENPM students will be charged the differential tuition of the course they are registered in.  If you are not sure and can not find the answer to whether a course you're looking to enroll in falls in this category, please email mage-advising@umd.edu before you enroll and we can assist.
  • 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 ($1,394.00/credit hour) regardless of their status (including non-degree seeking students (GRAD)).
  • 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.

Admissions Contact

Emily Golub

Email mage@umd.edu for assistance 

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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