Department of Technology
Certificate of Graduate Study in Cybersecurity
As the use of the Internet increases, the need for cybersecurity grows as well, and with it, the need for advanced and qualified cybersecurity professionals. According to the Department of Labor, demand for cybersecurity specialists will outstrip demand for workforce talent in any other area.
The certificate of graduate study in cybersecurity is relevant to the rapidly changing landscape of information security. Courses cover techniques, policies, operational procedures, and technologies that secure and defend information systems in local and more broadly based domains. Students gain critical knowledge in preventing cybersecurity attacks and develop proficiencies that can be applied immediately in the workplace.
The certificate of graduate study in cybersecurity is jointly offered by the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine at Augusta. All courses are offered online.
Students complete 15 credits of coursework, which includes 12 credits of required courses and 3 credits of an elective course, chosen from an approved list of courses.
Required courses: (12 cr)
CYB 501 Cybersecurity Fundamentals
CYB 530 Project Management in Cybersecurity
CYB 551 Cyber Laws, Policies, and Ethics
CYB 576 Network Security Management
Electives: (3 cr)
CYB 582 Cybersecurity Investigations
CYB 583 Database and Application Security
CYB 584 Cybersecurity Operations
- Bachelor's degree
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
Application Procedures and Required Materials
Application Deadline: Rolling admissions
Applicants are required to provide the following materials:
- Application: Online Application
- Fee: Waived for all students.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
- International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
- Resume: A resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
- Essay: In a brief essay (300-500 words), please state reasons for pursuing the Certificate of Graduate Study in Cyber Security, professional goals, and how this program of study will contribute to these goals.
- TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.
In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:
- College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
- Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
- International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
Where to send transcripts and application materials
Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:
Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412
Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to email@example.com.
For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.