Addressing the need for leadership in 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 cyber attacks. Students pursuing graduate education will also have opportunities to interact with numerous public and private entities.
To be considered for admission to the Masters program, all applicants must submit the following items:
- The UMA Graduate Application.
- Essay stating the reasons for pursuing this degree, professional goals, and how this degree will contribute to these goals. Applicants submitting all of the above listed required items will be holistically reviewed and may be invited to participate in a mandatory interview with program faculty prior to an admission decision. (Attach to the online application).
- Evidence of a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System. (Follow instructions on application).
Student Learning Outcomes
In addition to the above coursework, a student will have to complete either a Capstone Project proposal and presentation, or a Thesis proposal and presentation.
Both are similar in that they are a scholarly effort for students to synthesize their knowledge gained and apply that to a research and problem solving activity that will benefit the industry and society. The major difference is that a Capstone is geared for those students that will answer a question or solve a problem specific to the professional practice and the industry. The Thesis is for those students that would like to answer a research question that requires research methodology activities, but more importantly an Institutional Review Board (IRB) review. Again, both would work to solve a problem and involve a review of the existing literature.
This program resides under the UMA College of Professional Studies.