In order to respond to the increased workforce demand in cybersecurity and cyber-defense, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) has initiated a Master’s in Professional Studies program in cybersecurity. Launched in the spring of 2011, this interdisciplinary degree program provides students with the range of knowledge and skills needed to be successful managers in the emerging field of cybersecurity. UMBC developed the ten-course master’s degree in conjunction with Northrop Grumman, Battelle, and SAIC to include a blend of core courses in management, legal, and policy analysis. This partnership with local employers directly connects students to a constantly evolving marketplace and provides an opportunity to customize the degree to fit specific professional needs. To date, 35 students are enrolled, but another 75-100 students are expected by the fall of 2011.
Level 1-The program has descriptive enrollment data—
Age: 39% under 30, 61% age 30 and above;
Gender: 79% male and 21% female.
However, no statistical analyses have been conducted.