UMA is committed to excellence in Cybersecurity education.

Mission Statement

The mission of the program is to provide students with innovative technology and a curriculum designed to meet the growing demands in the field of cybersecurity.


Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Started in the fall of 2020, the Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree program incorporates real world engagement, cybersecurity theories, and hands-on experiences for a rich educational platform to prepare for a higher-level of application and management of solutions in the cybersecurity landscape. Coursework includes activities with UMA’s Maine Cyber Range, an academic and research operation that will bring together students and faculty in counterattacking simulated attacks on computer systems.


Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Started in the fall of 2015, the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree program incorporates a multidisciplinary perspective through a combination of courses that offer a holistic approach to cybersecurity education by providing the opportunity to take courses not only in computer science and technology but also in the humanities, social sciences and ethics. Focus areas include Cyber Forensics, Information Assurance, Network Security, and General Focus.


National Centers of Academic Excellence Recognition

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) Program. The goal of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise. This program contributes significantly to the advancement of state-of-the-art cyber defense knowledge and practice.

Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

As of April 2019, the University of Maine at Augusta Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program was designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education for academic years 2019-2024. This designation was awarded because the curriculum has been designed to meet the stringent academic standards of the CAE-CD program. This NSA/DHS recognition program serves as the de facto accreditation standard for Cybersecurity. We are the only 4-year program in Maine to be recognized.

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

UMA’s curriculum for the professional Masters in Cybersecurity has been designed to align with benchmarks for certification from the National Security Agency (NSA). As a result, with the graduation of our first cohort and after the requisite three years that the NSA requires for recognition, this degree program will seek the recognition as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

Note: These five and six hundred level classes will be entirely separate from UMA’s undergraduate classes in cybersecurity; we will have no joint graduate and undergraduate classes. This will clearly delineate graduate and undergraduate classes and learning objectives in cybersecurity. NSA requirements for recognition outline clearly the difference between undergraduate course requirements and graduate courses. The newly designed graduate courses meet NSA guidelines. The classes have appropriate student learning outcomes, syllabi and expectations at the graduate level.