In University of Maryland Global Campus's 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 while applying cybersecurity principles operationally.

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. Our cybersecurity students frequently take first place in cyber competitions.

UMGC was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. UMGC is also a designated National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) institution.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Computer Networks and Cybersecurity Bachelor's Degree

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
  • Communicate IT knowledge effectively 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, wireless network protocols, and routing protocols
  • Design, develop, and write a penetration testing proposal using ethical hacking methods
  • Develop a proof of concept by building a virtual machine on the AWS cloud platform to host existing infrastructure
  • Develop a vulnerability management plan including a process to analyze vulnerabilities and recommend mitigating strategies

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 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

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses

  • CMIT 202
  • CMIT 265
  • CMIT 291
  • CMIT 320
  • CMIT 321
  • CMIT 326
  • CMIT 351
  • CMIT 495
  • Three upper-level courses (9 credits) chosen from any upper-level CMIT courses or CCJS 321.

Vertical Pathway

Through a vertical pathway, students who complete this program may be eligible to reduce their total coursework for a master’s degree in Cybersecurity Management and Policy, Cyber Operations, Cybersecurity Technology, or Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation.

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.