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Cybersecurity - Advising by Major

The field of Cybersecurity / Information Assurance / Computer Security is growing quickly.  

Colleges provide majors that vary from the specific “Cybersecurity” to a more traditional “Computer Science with a Track/Concentration in …”  Many majors are heavily programming-based – read the details of course requirements carefully.  DO THE RESEARCH - when choosing a transfer school for Cybersecurity, Google for current articles about the field "Careers in Cybersecurity" - there are many different opinions about how to prepare for this field.

While Montgomery College offers an AAS in Cybersecurity, it is not intended to be a transfer program.  Check with individual institutions to see how MC courses might apply to specific four-year bachelor’s degree programs.  UMUC and Bowie State University (described below) are the only two schools currently that accept MC ‘s Cybersecurity AAS in its entirety.  Most schools include Cybersecurity or Information Assurance as a track within a Computer Science Major.  Check the mathematics requirements at each of the schools listed below – many require completion of MC’s MATH 181 & 182 Calculus I & II, as well as Computer Science I & II [see courses descriptions: CMSC 203 (former CS 103), CMSC 204 (former CS 204)]

Use your own sleuthing skills to determine which school is the right fit for your interest in this field.

Career Descriptions for Cybersecurity:

The Future of Cybersecurity Jobs - 

Nearby Four-Year Degree Programs 


UMUC (University of Maryland, University College) MD: UMUC offers the following majors related to Cybersecurity:

  1. Cybersecurity Management and Policy - students may complete MC's Cybersecurity AAS degree or transfer after taking general classes shown in ARTSYS - math required:  MATH 110 Survey or higher
  2. Computer Networks and Cybersecurity - students may complete MC's Cybersecurity AAS degree or transfer after taking general classes shown in ARTSYS - math required:  MATH 110 Survey or higher
  3. Software Development and Security - students may complete MC's Computer Science AA or transfer after taking general classes at MC- math required:  Calculus I and II

    [Note: UMUC does not offer I-20’s for F-1 students because this program can be completed fully online].  Some classes in this major are offered in evenings at the Universities @ Shady Grove.  

    UMUC Alliance Program – complete a Montgomery College AAS prior to transfer – Course Planning Worksheet: 
    UMUC Completion Scholarship – all students who complete either degrees shown above or General Studies receive an automatic Completion Scholarship that reduces the cost of each UMUC course by $100.
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Cybersecurity Scholarship Programs 


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