Secure your future while protecting crucial digital assets with a bachelor's degree in computer networks and cybersecurity.

In University of Maryland Global Campus' award-winning Bachelor of Science in computer networks and cybersecurity program, you'll learn the operational procedures and technologies to design, implement, administer, secure, and troubleshoot corporate networks.

Designed to combine the benefits of a traditional college education with hands-on training in state-of-the-art computer technology, the curriculum integrates technical skill with communication skills and superior general education knowledge.

UMGC was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

Students who complete this program may be eligible to reduce their total coursework for the following graduate degree and certificate programs by 6 credits:

  • Cybersecurity management and policy
  • Cybersecurity technology
  • Digital forensics and cyber investigation

About the Computer Networks and Cybersecurity Bachelor's Degree

The bachelor's degree program in computer networks and cybersecurity begins with courses designed to build your foundational IT skills. You'll then focus on the network security side of IT, learning Microsoft and Cisco technologies as well as other cybersecurity and digital forensics topics. Specifically, you'll write a proposal to design a network, including a plan to administer and maintain the network; learn how to install and configure advanced Windows server services; implement advanced server infrastructure; and troubleshoot IT problems.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Design, implement, and administer local-area and wide-area networks to satisfy organizational goals
  • Resolve IT system problems and meet the needs of end users by applying troubleshooting methodologies
  • Apply relevant policies and procedures to effectively secure and monitor IT systems
  • Effectively communicate IT knowledge using a wide range of presentation styles
  • Meet organizational goals using effective workforce skills, best practices, and ethical principles

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Evaluate, install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot computer hardware components and operating systems
  • Configure and manage Cisco switches within multiprotocol internetworks, including VoIP (voice over Internet protocol), wireless network protocols, and routing protocols
  • Manage and troubleshoot features of Windows Server operating systems, including Active Directory, DNS, Group Policy, Desktop Security, Remote Access, Windows Deployment, and User Accounts
  • Design, develop and write appropriate and effective technical documents

Industry Certification

Courses in this program are designed to provide you with the knowledge you need to take the valuable industry certification exams, which can help you increase your marketability.

Industry Certification Course(s)

CompTIA A+

CMIT 202

CompTIA Network+

CMIT 265

CompTIA Security+

CMIT 320

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

CMIT 321

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

CMIT 350

CompTIA Linux+ and LPIC-1

CMIT 391

Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)

CMIT 424

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

CMIT 425

IACIS Certified Mobile Device Examiner (ICMDE)

CMIT 440

Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH)

CMIT 460

CompTIA CySA+

CMIT 421

Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA): Server 2016

Please note: Server 2016 requires MCSA certification as a prerequisite.

Take the following courses:

  • CMIT 369
  • CMIT 370
  • CMIT 371

MCSE Cloud Platform and Infrastructure

Take the following courses:

  • CMIT 372
  • CMIT 373

Please note: Completion of a UMGC course does not guarantee that you will earn an industry certification. You will need to successfully complete an industry exam and any other applicable requirements in order to earn each certification.

Computer Networks and Cybersecurity Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

This program requires 33 credits of coursework in the major.

  • CMIT 202
  • CMIT 265
  • CMIT 320
  • CMIT 321
  • CMIT 350
  • CMIT 369
  • CMIT 391
  • CMIT 495
  • 9 credits of coursework chosen from upper-level CMIT courses or CCJS 321. You can take courses focused in Microsoft, Cisco, network security, or digital security to fulfill this requirement. Please see the Degree Focus tab for our recommendations.

Degree Focus

Choose from one of these recommended groups of classes or mix and match to align with your career goals and interests.

Microsoft Focus

  • CMIT 370
  • CMIT 371
  • CMIT 372
  • CMIT 373

Cisco Focus

  • CMIT 451
  • CMIT 452
  • CMIT 453
  • CMIT 454

Network Security Focus

  • CMIT 370
  • CMIT 451
  • CMIT 425

Digital Forensics Focus

  • CCJS 321
  • CMIT 424
  • CMIT 440
  • CMIT 460

Electives

This program requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework. We recommend MATH 140 (if you plan to go to graduate school) and IFSM 301 as part of your electives.

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you prepare for a career in network management, systems administration, or network security, whether you're new to the IT field or you're looking to move up to middle management.