Department of Technology

Certificate of Graduate Study in Cyber Security

As the Internet increasingly becomes a tool in both corporate and government arenas, the need for cyber security increases as well, and with it, the need for advanced and qualified cyber security professionals. One of the fastest growing job markets, demand for innovative cyber security professionals has increased in recent years. According to the Department of Labor, demand for computer security specialists will grow as businesses and government invest more heavily in cyber security to protect vital computer networks and electronic infrastructures from attack.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Cyber Security 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 relevant knowledge in preventing cyber security attacks and develop proficiencies that can be applied immediately in the workplace.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Cyber Security 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 credits)

CYB 501         Cyber Security Fundamentals (UMA)
CYB 530         Project Management in Cyber Security (USM)
CYB 551         Cyber Laws, Policies, and Ethics (USM)
CYB 576         Network Security Management (USM)

 

Electives: (3 credits – choose one course)

CYB 551         Cyber Security Investigations (UMA)
CYB 561         Cyber Security Operations (UMA)
CYB 583         Databases and Application Defense (USM)

Applicant Qualifications

  • 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. 

International Applicants

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 edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.