Master of Science in Cybersecurity now offered by UMA and USM

Program will provide training to fill demand for highly skilled technologically savvy workforce; applications now being accepted for Fall 2020



University of Southern Maine

Beginning this fall, the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) and University of Southern Maine (USM) will offer a Master of Science in Cybersecurity. This totally online cybersecurity program, one of the most affordable in the country, is currently accepting applications for its fall 2020 cohort. This also has the distinction of being UMA’s first graduate degree program.

This Master’s in Cybersecurity program will prepare graduates for career opportunities in cybersecurity fields including security analysis, information assurance, digital forensics, intelligence, and cyber defense. With billions of dollars in global losses due to cybersecurity exploits and attacks, the need for trained experts is growing at an astonishing rate.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that information security analyst jobs are growing faster than average, with an expected growth of 18% through 2024. Graduates with an M.S. in Cybersecurity will be prepared to fill these new positions.


“UMA is thrilled to offer its first graduate level degree,” stated UMA President Rebecca Wyke. “It also furthers UMA’s mission of providing quality educational opportunities that help fill workforce needs with well-trained graduates for in demand, highly skilled, and well-paid positions.”

“As one of Maine’s largest online graduate degree and certificate providers, USM is delighted to leverage our faculty expertise and information technology resources with our partners at UMA to provide a cutting-edge degree that meets private and public sector demands for online security,” said USM President Glenn Cummings. “I’m proud that we can offer students this new, affordable online master’s degree program as a direct pathway to careers in cybersecurity that are essential for our nation’s defense, economy, and civil society.”

This online 30-credit graduate program was developed jointly by UMA and USM. Faculty from each institution designed the program to emphasize a theoretical framework with hands-on applications. UMA and USM are well-positioned to offer a joint graduate degree in cybersecurity, as both institutions are located adjacent to state government agencies, and the greater Portland area continues to attract professionals in information technology, biotechnology, law, and business. Thus, students pursuing graduate education have opportunities to interact with numerous public and private entities.

Coursework includes activities with UMA’s Maine Cyber Range, a state of the art training center that provides students with realistic and cutting-edge techniques for defending against malicious cyber-attacks, and USM’s two virtual systems clusters.

Additional Information about the Master of Science in Cybersecurity

About UMA

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About the University of Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine is northern New England’s outstanding public, regional, comprehensive university, dedicated to providing students with a high-quality, accessible, affordable education. From campuses in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston-Auburn, USM offers baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs. For more information, please visit: